Wednesday, July 20, 2011


First Lady of Burundi, H.E. Denise Nkurunziza 

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First Lady of Burundi, H.E. Denise Nkurunziza and Founder of the Buntu Foundation is identifying the need to move Burundi into the IT age. There are many obstacles but together, with the Buntu Foundation, H.E. Denise Nkurunziza is pushing forward for the sake of their youth and the education arenas they need to move into.
Due to a lack of electricity in rural areas and computer labs in many schools, in Burundi, almost 99% of pupils finish high schools without touching even a mouse of a computer. In order to improve education in our nation, Buntu Foundation has decided to reach schools in villages, particularly those in final years; offering them classes on Computer Basics, Introduction to Microsoft Windows, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Internet basics.
These classes are held in a Buntu Foundation IT Bus that accommodates 18 students. This IT Bus is designed to even reach those schools where there is no electricity and generators are used for power.
Buntu Foundation IT Training Bus

Dr. Denise Nkurunziza called on the people of Burundi- particularly those less fortunate to invest in education. “People can anticipate a bright future if only they invest in education.” Moreover, she stated that, “People should learn different skills so as to increase their opportunities to get employment.  In Burundi, a widely found obstacle to getting employment is a lack of computer skills.
Buntu Foundation is aiming to reach a great number of people whose lives are at risk because of illiteracy and lack of skills or ability to work effectively. It’s a task that is demanding and needing many resources.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


H.E. President Pierre Nkurunziza, Republic of Burundi

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When we look at Christianity from the perspective of leadership, it gets no
better then Burundi, Africa. We have a president that is not ashamed to call
himself a follower of Jesus Christ. When you look at the changes that are taking
place in Burundi on the ground, you can only see the hand of God upon this
nation. Dr. Clyde Rivers, the Hon. Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi at
Large, says "the entire world needs to look at the transformation of this nation because
of a leadership that demonstrates and applies Biblical principles on a daily
basis in the operations of their country.

The President teaches his nation how to build every week. He actively
participates in the building of schools, medical clinic's all throughout
Burundi. This follows Jesus' model of discipleship, He taught his disciples how
to function in daily life as they followed him. This is what President
Nkurunziza is modeling for his countries people.


H.E. President Pierre Nkurunziza, Republic of Burundi
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The President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, has created a project for his country. In his early years in office President Nkurunziza built schools with much success. He now intends to build one hundred new villages within the country of Burundi. The major focus of this project is to make it easier for the Burundian people to have access to services and thus give them a better life. When you create a village you create a community and when you have a community it is easier to create and bring in services. President Nkurunziza is asking for people and other countries to donate materials such as, galvanized sheet metal and cement so that he can teach his people how to build for themselves.

Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at large for the Republic of Burundi said, “Projects like this really develop a nation because when you teach people how to build they can build forever. This is the new Burundi!”

Thursday, July 14, 2011


H.E. Mrs. Denise Nkurunziza, First Lady of the Republic of Burundi

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In Bujumbura, Burundi Africa on July 2, 2011 Her Excellency, Mrs. Denise Nkurunziza Bucumi, was ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rev. Bishop Dr. Arthur Kitonga a Kenyan preacher and renowned leader of the Redeemed Gospel Church officiated.
            The pastoral ordination of the First Lady of Burundi is the first of it’s kind in the country and all over the world. The service was held in the gardens of the Royal Palm Resort located on Lake Tanganyika.
            Several high-ranking authorities and distinguished guests from abroad were in attendance, including the Queen of Swaziland, Her Royal Highness NOMSA Matsebula. There were clergymen from Tanzania, Rwanda, D.R. Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden and Canada in attendance as well.
            Burundi Head of State, H. E. Pierre Nkurunziza, in his congratulatory message to His spouse, expressed His delight to see the First Lady “chosen by the Almighty to proclaim the Good News.” President Nkurunziza went on to say He would never oppose the mission of the Lord. He instead urged the First Lady to preach the Word of God to the confines of the earth, as Jesus Christ advised his disciples.
            The Father of the Nation took the opportunity to provide advice to His countrymen and women. He preached love and obedience to families and throughout the country recommended following the Holy Scriptures. H. E. Nkurunziza is quoted saying, “Indeed the Bible requires women to obey their husbands, children to obey their parents and husbands to love their wives.” The President also urged the Highest Assembly to be wise, according to the biblical Proverbs in chapter 24, verses 3-5, so as to live harmoniously in their respective families.
            Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at large for the Republic of Burundi said, “This is a great day for the Republic of Burundi, the continent of Africa and the Kingdom of God. This is the new Burundi.”

Friday, July 8, 2011


MONDAY, 04 JULY 2011

         US President Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am
delighted to send best wishes to the people of Burundi as you celebrate 49 years
of independence this July 1.
Your success in the 2010 elections and your continued efforts to build a
new political culture that prioritizes peace and dialogue over conflict and violence
is admirable. Throughout the African continent, you have demonstrated a
commitment to stability and have become a role model for other countries. In
Somalia, you are contributing to peaceful resolution through the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and many have lost their lives. As you celebrate
this special day, know that the United States remains committed to continuing
our history of friendship and cooperation.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
US Secretary of State


President Pierre Nkurunziza, Republic of BURUNDI, with
Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at Large, BURUNDI

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Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at
large for the Republic of Burundi said today, “I
am very encouraged by the following article,
congratulating Burundi on their 49th
Independence Day. Burundi is indeed a country
of peace and strong Christian leadership. We
are working hard to let the world know they are
welcome to Burundi to see there is a strong
model of leadership with correct priorities in
place that are leading Burundi in a healthy, safe
and profitable direction. The acknowledgement
of the peaceful state of Burundi and its 49th
celebration of independence, by the U.S.
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on behalf of
the President of the United States, President
Obama, is monumental for the Republic of
Burundi. We are very thankful for our friendship
with the United States of America.”

Wednesday, July 6, 2011



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It was a monumental weekend in New Mexico as Dr. Clyde Rivers, Chief
Chancellor Worldwide for United Graduate College and Seminary, along with Dr.
Robert Ornales a UGCS Representative, bestowed honor upon Dr. Ben Shelly,
President of the Navajo Nation. In Shiprock, New Mexico Dr. Clyde Rivers
officially awarded Dr. Ben Shelly an Honorary Doctorate Degree from United
Graduate College and Seminary for his outstanding work as an advocate for our
nations first people, and not just the Navajo tribe, but also all of our American
Indian tribes.
Dr. Rivers said today, “It is great when you see a born again Christian president
doing his true job which is looking our for the people he represents. I honor
President Dr. Ben Shelly with this Honorary Doctorate Degree from UGCS for
this reason. The Navajo Nation is a great nation and I was treated with great
respect as I was with them this weekend. It is time for the world to see the
goodness of the Navajo Nation.”