The Rwanda of today is experiencing miraculous renewal and
reconciliation. Our people have proven resilient and the willingness to
forgive has moved us towards unity. Rwanda is being rebuilt from the
ground up, stronger and more resourceful than ever. While great
strides have been made in these rebuilding efforts, there is still a large
number of under-educated and impoverished people; children as well
Our vision for a nurturing and allied Kanazi (Nyamata) community that
cares for and invests in the potential of every citizen from birth to
adulthood is realized at Nibakure Community Village (NCV). The
people in our community contribute to a vibrant and prosperous
Rwanda and will for generations to come.
To reach our goal of 100% Sustainable Income Sources NCV is investing heavily in farming infrastructure and education
Livestock and Husbandry
Cows and Rabbits at NVC provide Vital Nutrition today and tangible assets for the future
One of our pressing goals is to bring safe water to the village people who will no longer have to hike steep hills to fetch their daily water supply.
Nibakure “Community” Village (NCV) will strengthen community capacity, serving as a bridge for empowering vulnerable youth and illiterate adults (parents) in Kanazi, Nyamata, Bugesera District, Rwanda.
We envision a Nurturing and Allied Kanazi (Nyamata) community that sustainably cares for and invests in its youth and uneducated adults (residents), contributing to a vibrant and prosperous Rwanda.
We work hard to incorporate as much local “man-power” as possible. We have partnered with a local women’s co-op to complete some of our sustainability projects! and men to do some of the tasks like night work (guards).
The vision for Nibakure Community Village (formerly Nibakure Children’s Village (NCV) began in the heart of Floriane Nibakure, a native of Rwanda. Her difficult childhood, including separation from her biological mother at just a few months old and abuse by stepmothers, often left her feeling like an abandoned child. Although she immigrated to the United States in 1988 and raised a family here, Floriane continued to feel a connection to–and compassion for–the children of Rwanda.Learn More
Floriane Marie Nibakure. Founder and Executive Director
Some of the members of our Community
Founder and Executive Director
Floriane is a native of Rwanda and has lived in the US since 1988. She is fluent in Kinyarwanda, French and English and proficient in Swahili. Floriane has attended school in Belgium; has worked as a radio broadcaster; as a freelancer for UNDP and UNICEF; and worked as an English teacher at the American Embassy in Rwanda. In the US, she has worked for Pillsbury (now General Mills); the US Embassy in Ouagadougou; 3M; St. Jude Medical; St. Paul Companies and RBC Dain Rauscher.
Mary Beenken is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and currently serves as co-chair of the NCV Board of Directors. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota) in 2012 and with her Master’s of Divinity from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota) in 2017. In 2010, Mary spent a summer as an English teacher in Rwanda, which sparked a lifelong love for the country and its people.
Kabby is a high energy, results-oriented IT services leader and relationship builder who’s had progressively increasing responsibilities across a number of disciplines – Global Service Desk Startups, Managing Teams, Mentoring Teams, Process Improvement, Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, System Upgrade coordination, and Training. She provides smart, efficient solutions to challenging business problems.
Arnaud Muhimpundu is a Supervisor of the Comprehensive Clinical Assessment Program at St. Vincent Catholic Charities and currently serves as the Vice Board Chair for Nibakure community Village. Arnaud graduated in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in International Development from St. Mary University in Minnesota.
Clint Robins is the son of Floriane Nibakure, the founder of Nibakure Community Village (NCV). Clint currently serves as the Secretary on NCV’s Board of Directors and joined the board in 2016. Clint is a Ph.D. student in wildlife ecology at the University of Washington (UW) based in Seattle, WA. Clint received his M.S. in wildlife ecology from UW and received his B.A. in biology and environmental studies from Williams College.
Steve Noah, a native of Charles City Iowa and a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa is widely recognized for his work in economic development, politics, entrepreneurship and international trade. He served as the Vice President for Government Relations and Special Projects at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as well as a partner in Iowa International Minerals LLC, and as an associate of The Clark Group, now Vela Environmental LLC in Washington, D.C.
Kim Raymond is a licensed architect that owns a boutique Architectural and Interiors firm in Aspen, Colorado for the past 27 years. She is NCV’s architect, providing countless hours of consultation. She has worked passionately with the other members of the NCV Board and the staff ‘on the ground’ in Rwanda from the beginning; and with the Rwandan architect Straton Nizeyimana.
Elsa Robins is the daughter of the founder of NCV, Floriane Nibakure. Elsa is a Digital Media Specialist at the University of Wisconsin – Superior in Northern Wisconsin. She is a former TV news reporter and anchor in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in the Communicating Arts with a focus on radio, television, and film.
Billy Wagness is currently an Executive Producer at a Duluth, Minnesota-based TV news station. Billy is a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, which is also home to the Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters. There, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with a focus on mass media, journalism, and a Minor in English.