Our work in Burundi
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.
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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