Our charity work in Burundi

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Our charity work in Burundi

Concern Worldwide has been working in Burundi since 1997. 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.

Trésor Nduwinmana, centre front with his friends from Rugajo colline, whose family members have benefited from the Mabayi Child Survival Programme. Photo by Edward O’Carroll, Programme Support Officer. Rugajo Commune, Cibitoke Province. April 2013

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Graduation model

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.

Child survival project

One in five children in Burundi die before their fifth birthday from diseases like malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition. Concern worked with communities how to strengthen systems and achieve long-lasting results.
Concern's Child Survival project, jointly funded by USAID, Irish Aid and Concern funds, reached mothers of children under five. It reduced instances of malaria, especially in pregnant women and small children. Its overall goal was to sustainably reduce infant and child mortality.

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

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. 

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