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.
Our work primarily focuses on improving education and healthcare while enhancing livelihoods and educating people about HIV and AIDS. We also focus on disaster risk reduction.
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.
Increasing child survival
Our current five-year health programme is jointly funded by the American government (USAID), Irish Aid and Concern funds. The programme primarily targets mothers with children under five years of age. It aims to reduce instances of malaria especially in pregnant women and small children. Its overall goal is to sustainably reduce infant and child mortality.
Given that a third of children in the developing world suffer from chronic malnutrition, it is a major cause for concern that 46% of Burundian children are condemned to chronic malnutrition or stunted growth. One of our livelihoods projects focuses on helping 450 families whose children are suffering from malnutrition.
We are working to reduce poverty and malnutrition in vulnerable households in Burundi. We are doing this by improving living conditions, educating people on agriculture and basic farming principles, and helping poor people sustain a living. This will better enable people to fight off malnutrition.
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 our annual country plan for Burundi (2013)
- Read a case study about distributing essential school supplies in Burundi
- Read about our Burundi programme activities in French
- Download resources about Burundi