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
  • 1,214 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 86 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 16 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children in Burundi
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 1,753 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 2,692 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 6,983 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 35,430 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
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
  • 405 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 12,267 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 668 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
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
  • 273 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 7,218 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 135 youths and adults were equipped to earn increased income through apprenticeships, or vocational and business training

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