Tearfund has been working in Burundi since the early 1990s. With our partners, we’ve been helping communities recover from deep wounds caused by conflict and genocide, and equipping them to fight poverty.
Children – including orphans – benefit from education and skills training. And whole communities are strengthened through the development of farming methods and other livelihoods. We have two of Tearfund's amazing Inspired Individuals working in the country, Claude Nikondeha and Cassien Ndikuryio.
Claude Nikondeha, who's from Burundi, founded Amahoro Africa to equip emerging Christian leaders in Africa to bring about change in their communities, putting their theology into practice among the poor.
Cassien Ndikuryio started Help Channel Burundi to rejuvenate the normally fertile northern provinces of Burundi, ravaged by war and drought. Cassien is mobilising communities to plant trees, restoring agricultural livelihoods dependent on a healthy local environment. So far, 5 million trees have been planted.
With our partners, we’ve been helping communities recover from deep wounds caused by conflict and genocide, and equipping them to fight poverty.
A little history ...
From 1993 to 2007, our Disaster Management Team (DMT) provided emergency feeding and healthcare. As civil conflict subsided, the emphasis switched to helping war-affected communities become food self-sufficient. As part of this approach, DMT held local cookery demonstrations showing villagers how to make nutritious porridge from locally available ingredients.
We currently work with five Burundian partners. Scripture Union uses a network of churches, schools and colleges to raise awareness of HIV, challenge stigma and care for people living with the virus.
In Bururi Province, the Diocese of Matana is helping families meet their food needs and avoid malnutrition. Small business projects are also boosting incomes. The Diocese of Gitega works across two provinces to improve health and farming techniques. Orphans and conflict-displaced people are helped to establish sustainable livelihoods. Meanwhile, peace and reconciliation training for community leaders and human rights and peace clubs in schools are transforming relationships.
In the Kirundo and Gitega provinces, FECABU works with indigenous communities to improve food security and engage in advocacy and longer-term poverty alleviation. The Diocese of Bujumbura also focuses on food security in Muramvya and Bujumbura provinces. Working through the church, it helps rural communities to make the transition from post-conflict response to long-term development.