The university is a community of researchers and scholars engaged in creating and transmitting
knowledge across a board of academic disciplines.

Kimara Nzamubona

In 2008, I came to the United States as a refugee. Past circumstances did not deter my determination to pursue higher education. It was not easy to navigate the educational system due language barrier, at the time. However, I worked assiduously year after year to improve academically and to fully integrate into the system. I graduated in 2014 from Colby College. Passionate about pursuing affordable and accessible health solutions for impoverished communities around the world, my volunteering experience asserted my fortitude. This trip changed my life because it solidified my keen interest in pursuing an advanced degree in global health policy and management. 

In the summer of 2016, I volunteered, along with 3 other students and the Moores, in Minembwe. We worked with Eben-Ezer University of Minembwe in an intensive summer camp language program to teach English to primary and secondary school students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. This program was coordinated by Lisa Moore and Dr. Lazare Sebitereko, two amazing individuals whose passion is to serve and to transform in a positive light the life of people in Minembwe. 

While there, I witnessed women and girls fetching drinking water in streams, while just a few feet upstream, others were washing clothes. I noticed that there was little concern for disposed human waste and I immediately recognized the lack of communal awareness pertaining to the connection between the ecosystem and human health. As a result, I devised and executed the summer program’s first ecology course on protecting water resources, which was directly connected to a greater public health nuisance to the community.

My current plan is to pursue a graduate degree in Global Health. After this program I hope to gain employment in international development to serve and advocate for equitable access to health and social services. I intend to keep volunteering in Minembwe whenever possible. I loved the positivity of people regardless of their hardship. 

Kimara F Nzamubona

Cell: (207)-415-3538

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University History

Is a higher learning institution (University) based in highlands of Minembwe, South Kivu Province. Created in 2000 and accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Universities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), under ministerial decree as a college.  It was a credited as a private university in 2011 under Ministerial decree. The university is an undergraduate program with 4 Faculties.

The word of the President and Rector

Welcome to Eben-Ezer University of Minembwe (UEMI).

When we started went around sharing the vision of having the university in rural Minembwe region, many people including close friends, they said “it is too remote, less accessible, there are no infrastructures….”. Others told me politely “it is a good vision….but, not viable at the moment”. Yet people were very direct and told me that it is impossible. With few friends and colleagues who believed in this dream, we almost said in our prayers, God “give us that task”! Years down on this difficult path, the vision is taking shape while the grassland is filled with life. Hundreds of young people, boy and girls, adults and old are making their daily journeys to share knowledge.

Commitment to transform rural communities through education is a high calling, a determination to change the status of poverty, ignorance and tribal conflict that have landlocked people form many years. University education in Minembwe involves unmeasurable sacrifices of dedicated people who dare to challenge harsh environment. Some have lost their lives in pursuit of peace, education and spiritual renewal for the region.

UEMI leadership believes that the university is the catalyst of sustainable rural development, and it is working with its faculty, staff, communities and local partners to ensure that its 2025 vision of high quality education in rural setting is achieved. It is a journey of discovery, sharing, growth and celebration.

The university's vision is to build local communities by providing required resources for knowledge production and sharing of cultural values; to produce graduates who are academically competent and whose skills are relevant to local context to instill transformative message. The knowledge production is participative and collective task, whereby local and external partners are equally invited to take part.

Challenges are enormous, not to discourage us, but to serve as opportunities to make this rural and remote village an integral part of the global knowledge development. There is no remote place for an impactful service with love. You are invited to join forces with us to make this dream a reality.

Dr. Rukundwa Sebitereko Lazare

President and Rector of Eben-Ezer University of Minembwe, DRC
Humphrey Fellow, Penn State University, College of Education, USA

 President and Rector