Burundi

Working With Children in Burundi

Since achieving independence in 1962, Burundi has struggled with violence, including a brutal civil war in the 1990s and ongoing political and ethnic tensions today. In 2015, Burundi was ranked by the Global Hunger Index as the world's leading nation affected by hunger for the third year in a row. The high rate of malnutrition is blamed on political instability, high unemployment and natural disasters.

Attention to malnourished children, savings groups and agricultural improvements for higher crop yields all serve to focus our work with children in Burundi. We support families with child growth monitoring and nutrition education. Our savings groups empower members to build capital for basic daily needs. Agriculture trainings teach farmers new techniques for growing healthier crops.

Your impact in Burundi

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
  • 9,265 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 348 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 5,641 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 311,562 USD in cash or vouchers were given to caregivers as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 216,851 people we supported during COVID-19 were happy with our response
Results of World Vision Canada’s projects, from October 2019 to September 2020
 
  • 2,712 children's group members were actively involved
  • 31 community-based child protection committees are functioning well
  • 7 local partners made donations to improve children's lives
  • 111 children shared their thoughts and ideas as part of an annual progress review
  • 17 planning activities took place with local partners
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Burundi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
 
  • 498 children in a nutrition programme are now a healthy weight
  • 7,727 children received health checks from a trained health care provider
  • 1,822 pregnant women received at least one visit from a community health worker or volunteer
  • 1,477 caregivers of children under two have received the proper number of home visits from a local health worker
  • 940 adults were trained or counseled in reproductive health issues
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Burundi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
 
  • 90 teachers are putting their new literacy training into practice
  • 2,502 children are currently participating in after-school literacy programs like reading camps
  • 46 children with disabilities have been identified and are receiving support to help with their education
  • 9,410 children in Grades 1 to 3 are learning to read using the Literacy Boost teaching methodology
  • 515 children who had dropped out of school due to emergency situations have re-enrolled
 
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Burundi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
 
  • 5,420 community members were supported to grow their businesses
  • 24,285 vulnerable people received assistance with food or material items following emergencies
  • 351 farmers who went to our training used the new farming methods they learned
  • 11,029 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools, or farming equipment
  • 11,022 women and men are active members of a local savings group
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Burundi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020 in partnership with the World Food Programme
 
 
  • 16,014 people now have access to an improved source of drinking water
  • 16 committees learned how to manage, maintain, and repair their local water source
  • 11,392 more people now have a toilet at home
 
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Burundi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.