Our partner in Burundi is New Generation, an NGO working with street children in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. New Generation is one of only a small number of charities working with street children (predominantly boys but an increasing number of girls) in Burundi. It is staffed by Burundians, some of whom are former street boys. New Generation has responded to a lack of social protection and care for street children by providing homes, education and re-integration back into their communities where possible (often many miles away up-country in rural Burundi). New Generation primarily sees itself as a nation-building project, focused on rehabilitation, reconciliation, developing the next generation of leaders for Burundi.
The Burundi team’s participation was supported in the UK by Street Action.
Burundi is one of the smallest African nations, located in the African Great Lakes region neighbouring the DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania. It is also one of the world’s poorest nations. Burundi has gone through an ethnic-based civil war that lasted for over 12 years, and left many children orphaned, many of whom are living on the streets today. Many of Burundi’s war orphans are also AIDs victims. There are no official statistics, however a 2010 study estimated that there were around 3,000 street children in Burundi, and New Generation know that the number of children and young adults arriving on the streets of urban areas like Bujumbura is increasing.
Population: 10.5 million (2012)
Main Languages: Kirundi, French, Swahili
On their return from Rio the boys received a warm welcome, where a representative from the Ministry of Youth and Sport met them at the airport. The President congratulated them on finishing runners up in the boys’ tournament. The boys continue to spread the message of reconciliation nationwide on a bus donated at the SCWC.
If you are interested in supporting our continuing partnership with New Generation and Team Burundi, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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