Water woes now a thing of the past for Evelyne's community
World Vision recently unveiled four water points at Kabanga community centre in Bukemba community, Rutana province. Since then, sanitation challenges at Kabanga Basic School, at the nearby health facility, and within the community at large are being resolved.
Cases of water-borne diseases have reduced, and children like Evelyne no longer have to queue hours for water; something that had previously affected their school performance significantly.
US$12million catalytic grant to benefit 300,000 children and adolescents
In response to interconnected crises that have left 1.9 million children and adolescents out of school in Burundi, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UN’s global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, announced US$12 million in catalytic seed funding to roll out the first Multi-Year Resilience Programme in the country. Delivered in coordination with the Government of Burundi by consortia led by World Vision and UNICEF, the three-year programme seeks to mobilise an additional US$18 million from public and private donors.
School feeding project helps increase attendance in Muyinga
Through funding from the World Food Programme, World Vision is implementing the Home Grown School Feeding project, which is enabling canteens to be run in 90 schools in Muyinga province, and providing hot meals to approximately 50,000 school children. At Mwakiro II Basic School, one of the benefiting schools, overall performance has increased to 76%, and good health among students is noticeable.
More resilience for vulnerable households' bright future
Through a resilience project funded by the World Food Programme (WFP), World Vision targeted the most vulnerable households in three communes after realising that they were lacking basic needs. The aim of the project is to reduce food and nutritional insecurity to increase the resilience of rural populations.
A total of 5,698 vulnerable households - including Amand's - benefited from the project. The father of five shares his story.
World Vision has been working in Burundi for more than five decades. In 1995, we opened our office in Bujumbura, the country’s capital.
Over the past 30 years, our work has transitioned from providing emergency relief to investing in long-term development programmes. To date, we bring hope and assistance to more than 1,000,000 children each year.
Through a wide range of holistic, integrated projects, we work to ensure children and their communities have access to much-needed clean water, education, food, healthcare and the chance to live a life of fullness.
Improving the well-being of children in Burundi regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender, is the foundation and the motivation for everything we do.
Latest highlights of our work in Burundian communities to transform the lives of vulnerable children and their families, alongside our partners.
Clean Water Now Within Reach
Our goal is to significantly improve child well-being by enabling families and communities to achieve sustainable access to adequate potable water, improved sanitation facilities, and good hygiene practices.
In Fiscal Year 2018, 51,102 people gained access to safe drinking water, 16,672 limited latrines were constructed and more than 93,269 people participated in hygiene promotion and behavior change practices.
Vegetables for Food Security
At World Vision, we are involved in the implementation of interventions focusing on food security. Our goal is to increase community access staple and micronutrients rich sources of foods. These include kitchen gardening, bio-fortification, small and medium livestock, agricultural inputs and extension delivery.
Empowered World View (EWV) is a programme that is helping both community members and staff to open their minds and see the opportunities around them and then break down dependency by developing their vision without fearing. We are doing this by addressing social issues, like negative cultural beliefs (such as which craft), polygamy, alcoholism which are harming community welfare and have painful repercussions on child well-being.
Ending Child Neglect
In Burundi, too many children are affected daily by neglect. This problem permeates the culture and customs of many families and takes many forms which directly and indirectly impact children's abilities to experience their rights.