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:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
  • 1,804 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 400 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • "41 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations"
  • 60 survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 779 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
  • 1150 out of 1342 malnourished children have regained a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 145 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • "4,076 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy"
  • 65,474 people received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 7,730 people benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition
  • 14,180 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 3,318 people, including 1,258 children, are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 5,756 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
  • 1,352 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 14,901 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 3 schools were renovated and 3 others received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 400 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 50 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 1,537 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 140 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 170 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 6,844 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 7,592 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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