Burundi

42%

of Burundi’s national income comes from foreign aid

17

is the median age, and about 46% of the population are 14 years of age or younger

90%

of the population are employed in agriculture and are reliant on good harvests

16,000

babies die each year – one of the highest infant mortality rates in Africa

About Burundi

Burundi is a landlocked country in East Africa, bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country struggles both politically and economically: after the most recent election, violence broke out following the establishment of state control and a decline in quality of life. Today, Burundi remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

The nation has had a turbulent history since independence in 1962. Tearfund has worked in Burundi for many years, but the recent political turmoil has made this even harder. It has also meant around 415,000 people have left their homes for neighbouring countries.

Burundi has a high population density, which has led to deforestation, soil erosion and poor agriculture – in a country where the majority live on subsistence farming. Burundi’s dense population has also meant there has been substantial emigration as young people seek opportunities elsewhere.

Massive budget cuts to essential services such as health and education mean hospitals are barely functioning. Accessing healthcare is difficult, especially for pregnant women and children who depend on free care.

How we do it

Church & Community Transformation

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Food Security

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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

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Peacebuilding

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Our Work in Burundi

In a challenging situation, Tearfund is working with two local partners: Anglican Church of Burundi, Diocese of Matana, and Fraternité Évangélique du Christ en Afrique au Burundi (FECABU).

The Diocese of Matana is implementing an early warning and response project to reduce sexual violence in conflict situations. The project is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will protect many vulnerable adults and children trying to survive in an unstable and conflict-prone environment.

In the commune of Mutaho in Gitega Province, Tearfund’s partner FECABU has been implementing an emergency nutrition project. The project focuses on malnourished children and pregnant or lactating mothers. It empowers these people and their immediate communities to be aware of malnutrition and its dangers, and become more resilient to it.

OUR PARTNERS IN BURUNDI: ANGLICAN CHURCH OF BURUNDI, DIOCESE OF MATANA & FECABU

ACHIEVEMENTS

154

churches have been engaged in sustainable development work in their immediate communities.

1,044

households have benefitted from the church and community transformation process, having their God-given potential and that of their communities released to escape poverty.

1,122

malnourished people have been given training on how to make fortified flour for malnutrition treatment.

£73,215

has been saved in self-help Groups.

Pray for our work

  • Pray for peace and restoration so that Burundi can begin to function in unity.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom and provision in a country where food security remains a challenge.
  • Lift up those who are struggling to make a living and pray that God will provide for their needs.
  • Give thanks for our staff and partners who are working hard to ensure life-saving relief can reach those most in need.
  • Pray for the church in Burundi, that it can be a catalyst of change during the ongoing political challenges.



Burundi Crisis Appeal
could restore a child’s health by providing them with eight weeks of nutritious food and vitamins to treat malnutrition.
could provide seeds for four families to grow their own peanuts and vegetables, reducing the risk of slipping back into malnutrition.
could help a pregnant or breastfeeding mother attend a eight-week programme, where she will receive food and training in nutrition.

Where we're working