Burundi

We partner with A.R.M., Burundi’s largest indigenous NGO, based in Bujumbura, the capital city. They are also working in many rural towns and villages across Burundi including

ARM provide education, medical care and a church for the poor, for refugees and war orphans.

Click on the links below for a better view of Team Hope’s work in Burundi.

Team Hope is focused through our projects and projects to create a system of Self-sufficiency with all our in-country partners. We do this through an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) method.

In Burundi, some of these projects include:

  • Provision of a wide variety of medical equipment as small as a consignment of crutches and as large as an Ambulance for the local hospital. Also electronic equipment that is helping to change many lives
  • A new water supply for a Batwa (Pygmy) village
  • HIV/AIDS treatment and home based care programme
  • Food and clothing for orphanages orphans in several locations throughout Burundi
  • Nutrition feeding programme for children under 5 yrs
  • Funding for a Rural Agricultural project, creating self-sufficiency within the community
  • Solar panels, a new Ambulance and much more for a rural hospital
  • Rescue and repatriation projects for vulnerable children living on the streets and in high risk situations

Nutrition programme

The little girl in the centre of this picture only discovered it was ppossible to take part in the nutrition programme after she called to the centre to receive a Team Hope Christmas Shoebox gift. She now brings her little sister down for feeding as her mother is unable to.

Click here to get a better look at all our Community Development Project activity

Team Hope has been sending Christmas Shoebox gifts to the children of Burundi for many years now. As one of the poorest countries in the developing world the children are hugely impacted by the generosity of the people all across Ireland. Take a look at our 90 second video which has been viewed by over 100 million people worldwide.

“People have been blessed, love has been spread into these children and families’ lives, and hope has been shared with them. A reason to lift their heads.”

Click in to our main Christmas Shoebox Appeal pages here where you can read about this, watch this years DVD and so much more.

In 2009, a team of Irish volunteers spent two weeks working with the refugee children of New Hope Orphanage, Bujumbura, Burundi. Our team ran a full programme in the afternoons and evenings. As they sang, played games, ran craft sessions and shared some bible stories it was obvious to see the children’s’ trust growing along with their smiles. With plenty of school teachers on the team they even managed some English lessons.

“The children looked and even joined in with the cleaning and painting of their homes. The centre was transformed and so were the children”

“There was never a moment I wished I was anywhere else”-

we’d like to share an inspiring update with you from the children from New Hope Center and their vision for the future!New Hope children

“Where there is no vision, the people perish!”

Our children in New Hope Center have every reason to give up! For many of them, life has seemingly dealt them a losing hand. All refugees from war in Congo or survivors of the massacre in Burundi, they have been forced to leave what had become home for them in our Center in Burundi, and now find themselves living yet again in another country. Most of them have lost parents, family members, and friends along the way, and in many cases survived both physical and emotional wounding. And yet, rather than giving up or becoming bitter and resentful, they have survived and even thrived. They have had to learn another language, pick up their studies all over again, this time in English, and settle again in new and strange surroundings. But they have thrived, determined to be better and not bitter.

Recently, the children have been asked to share what vision and dreams they may have for their lives, and how they think they can make a difference. I have been blessed and overwhelmed with their passion, vision, dreams, and determination to be difference-makers wherever God would lead them. Here are a few of their responses: cardiologist, surgeon, doctor, writer, journalist, professor, businessman and businesswoman, engineer, pilot, pastor, evangelist, professional football player, lawyer, government minister, military officer, and even President. In every case, it was not to be successful for themselves, but rather so they could give back and be agents of change in their country or wherever God should lead them.

When Jeanne arrived at New Hope Center she received the first nice clothes and shoes she had ever had. It so impacted her that she began thinking about all the children she had seen in Congo and began to have the vision to start a clothing manufacturing company which will provide clothing and shoes to orphans and the poor. With vision and dreams continuing to live in and through them, they surely will not perish but rather live life to the fullest.

Population: 11 million
Capital: Bujumbura
Area: 27,834 Sq Km
% Urban/Rural Divide: 10/90
Average Age: 18
Life Expectancy: 56

Main Languages: French, Kirundi
Main Religions: Christian
GDP ($ per capita –world Avg=$16,000):267
Main Economic Activity: Agriculture