Our work in Burundi

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Our work in Burundi

Concern Worldwide has been working in Burundi since 1994. Our focus is on livelihoods, health and nutrition.

Our teams in Burundi and Rwanda are responding to recent political events as well as the effects of El Nino, through nutrition, health, shelter and livelihoods interventions.

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.

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. 

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