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:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

 
  • World Vision educated community members on child rights and protection, helping ensure the safety and participation of children in Burundi
  • 248 people received daily essentials like shelter, cooking sets and hygiene kits, protecting families during emergencies
  • 75 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 593 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 76 adults learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 15 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 65 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

 
  • 2,624 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1,832 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 5,691 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 152 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 185 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

 
  • Teachers and community volunteers have received training on child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education
  • 4,912 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 48 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 822 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 136 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

 
  • New savings groups provided interest-earning accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services
  • 5,571 individuals are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 8,861 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 50 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 910 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 440 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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