Innocent R. Birume, Founder
Innocent Birume was born in the DR Congo in 1964. He was working as a Health Care Professional in the DRC in 2004 when his tribe was attacked by other tribes. Along with his family, they fled the country and found refuge in a camp in Burundi. On August 13, 2004 that camp was attacked and 166 people were killed, 124 were injured. Innocent was one of the people with a vehicle that could transport victims to a nearby medical center. In 2008 he and his family were granted refugee status and were able to move to Arizona, U.S.A.
Since childhood, Innocent has had a passion for those who have been victims of violence. He has searched for a way to continue to work for those in need in the Great Lakes Region since he arrived in Arizona. He has created the Great Lakes Peace Foundation to continue his work to support and empower those who have been victims of violence. He visits Africa as often as possible and works through his contacts there to school orphans and support widows. He is developing a program of teaching peace and forgiveness to those affected by the wars.