Meet the man who started it all, our Visionary and Founder Egide Nimubona.
Meet our Visionary
Egide Nimubona (pronounced “eh-jeed knee-mou-bona”) is the founder of The Burundi Education Fund, Inc. Egide lives with his wife, son and daughter in Appleton, WI, where he has been a mechanical engineering instructor for over a decade. A beneficiary of the generosity of Christian missionaries in elementary and high schools in Burundi, Egide is convinced that only education, self-reliance and hope for the youth in Burundi can break the vicious cycle of poverty in families and avoid ethnic cleansings and genocides.
Like 90 percent of children in Burundi, Egide was born and raised in a family surviving on subsistence farming. He can identify with the hardships that many of the children there still face today. Egide fled the Burundi atrocities in 1994 and was welcomed to Canada and the U.S. where he has embraced new ways of life and generosity.
Egide’s peasant parents made huge sacrifices to give their seven children the opportunity to receive an education. Secondary school fees were borrowed most of the time when produce, an old cow, or a young bull were not available for sale. Once in a while, Catholic school administrators would simply reduce or ignore the fees as long as the academic performance was satisfactory. To this day, Egide and his siblings feel greatly indebted to their parents, community and missionaries for their support. They also acknowledge that many children have become orphans to civil war and HIV-AID. If the children have parents, the family is still often too poor to afford the annual school fees of $29. It is this very sense of communal support, generosity and hope that moved Egide to create the Burundi Education Fund, Inc.