Our work in Burundi
Our work in Burundi
Concern Worldwide is closely monitoring the situation in Burundi following recent events in the capital, Bujumbura.
Concern is part of a consortium of NGOs, the START Network, who are coordinating a humanitarian response to recent events in Burundi and in the refugee camps in Rwanda. As a result of civil unrest and violence ahead of planned elections, more than 220,000 Burundians left their homes between April and November 2015 with more than 72,000 fleeing across the border to Rwanda. Concern is responding to this influx ensuring that people’s nutritional needs are met in the camps in Rwanda. In Burundi, we are pre-positioning stocks to meet humanitarian needs.
Concern Worldwide has been working in Burundi since 1994. Initially, our work involved providing emergency aid, but now centres around more long-term issues. Despite achieving economic growth of 4% per annum in recent years, Burundi is still facing challenges of poverty, inequality and malnutrition. Our work primarily focuses on livelihoods and health and nutrition. We use innovative techiques and models in nutrition, as well as the graduation model. We also focus on disaster risk reduction.
The graduation model is an innovative approach to addressing extreme poverty that includes skills training and access to financial services. Learn about our graduation model in Burundi by watching the video below.
Health and nutrition
Concern focuses on improving access to quality healthcare in Burundi, with a particular emphasis on those people who are excluded from the health system. We put a special emphasis on community-based health and nutrition activities which include the care group model, community (kitchen) gardens, small-scale savings and lending schemes, and role-model mothers.
Greater access to education
One of our key areas of work in Burundi is education. Our aim is to improve access to quality education in primary schools with a special emphasis on supporting extremely poor and marginalised children, as well as those affected by HIV and AIDS. We are also working with a local charity in Burundi to help orphans affected by HIV and AIDS.
Our most recent education programme focused on:
- Supporting the Burundian Ministry of Education in curriculum development
- Supporting the Ministry of Education in rolling out new policy on school management committees
- Strengthening the ability of school management committees to carry out their roles effectively, which includes encouraging out-of-school children to go back to school
- Providing teaching materials to teachers and supporting marginalised children with school uniforms and learning materials
- Constructing and rehabilitating schools. Read about one project supported by Bank of Ireland in Cibitoke Province
The video below shows one of the schools Concern has been helping in Burundi.
Bringing new ideas
We are constantly improving our programmes in Burundi by sharing what we have learned and exchanging new ideas. For example, to help Burundi’s Batwa people capitalise on their tradition of pottery-making, Concern identified five prototypes of energy-saving stoves and trained people in how to make them.
- Take a look at a photo gallery of school materials being distributed to schoolchildren in Burundi
- Read Concern's annual programme plan for 2015 in Burundi
- Learn about the graduation model
- Read a case study about distributing essential school supplies in Burundi
- Read about our Burundi programme activities in French
- Download resources about Burundi
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