Mbuye's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year:

In Mbuye, rapid population growth and disputes over land rights and natural resources make it hard to build peace and strengthen families. Land shortages often force families into cramped homes that worsen hygiene and sanitation, and leave no room for children to play or relax. This often leads them far away from home and the safety of their parents.

The culture favours men, often meaning that children are not a priority. They eat last at meal times and also receive the least nutritious servings. Burundi has the highest number of malnourished children in all of Africa, which is also a direct result of poor health and living conditions. Women are not allowed to own land and have few ways of earning money, since farming is the main livelihood.

Climate change in Mbuye has affected the rainy season, impacting farmers. Major food crops such as beans, cassava, and sweet potatoes, as well as major money-making crops like banana, coffee, and pineapple, are hard to harvest and distribute when rains are unpredictable. Other disasters such as flash floods can damage the crops and result in the loss of food and income.
Child Protection
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 1 spiritual leader partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 15 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 45 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 65 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation

  • 15 peace clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 161 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 2,184 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 624 young people are participating in peace clubs, coming together with peers to build a safer community

  • 159 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 2,642 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 258 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 52 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children

  • 11,090 chickens were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 130 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 2,724 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 280 pigs were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 5,135 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 84 beehives were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income​​​

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 300 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 4 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 6,215 children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 8 renovated water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 982 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources

Explore Mbuye

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Mbuye

In Mbuye, children face many challenges to accessing education. Schools are unable to accommodate more students, as low state budgets mean there are few teaching materials and school materials available. The benefits of education seem irrelevant when it comes to the challenges in the community, and parents cannot afford to invest in school.

A lack of opportunities and tools to engage children in other developmental areas, like social events, sports, and community development projects, also affects the growth of Mbuye's children. Few partnerships between community, the government, and the local churches limit the effectiveness of problem solving efforts.

Health Care
Health care in Mbuye is a key concern. Although health care is free for infants and pregnant women, the public health care system is limited. This leads to high infant and maternal mortality rates, as there are not enough doctors and nurses trained and available to provide medical attention. A high occurrence of diseases like malaria, HIV, and AIDS also leads to increased mortality rates.

Many children suffer from malnutrition. A lack of information on how to grow nutritious food for a balanced diet, as well as best practices for child feeding, like breast feeding and weaning, prevents families from providing a healthy lifestyle for children. In addition, lack of information regarding good sanitation and hygiene practices leads to a high number of preventable hygiene and water-borne diseases that affect the wellbeing of children.

Over 95% of people in Mbuye rely on farming and animal breeding to survive, however the rapidly growing population puts a strain on the land and resources, forcing families to farm smaller plots.

Crops such as banana and coffee, planted to bring in money, currently take up more than 65% of the good land, while crops meant to feed families, like cassava, beans, and sweet potatoes, exist on small plots with poorer quality soil. Since money-making crops have prevented severe food shortages during times of conflict, they are considered a priority.

In addition to this, a history of ongoing conflict in the country has led to disorganized food systems and dated farming techniques. There are few markets, and low food production perpetuates the poverty cycle.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Mbuye,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.