Children in Crisis will be working alongside the marginalised Batwa people of Burundi, giving them the support they need so that they are able to provide their children with the shelter, nourishment and education that every child deserves.
Burundi’s people suffered at the hands of a 12-year conflict which ended in 2005, having claimed over 300,000 lives. Like all civil wars, Burundi’s left deep scars and the country still faces severe problems today. With 70% of the nation suffering from malnutrition, Burundi has acquired the unenviable label of ‘the world’s hungriest nation’ four years in a row.
Within this fragile context, marginalised groups such as the Batwa people suffer the most, their children especially so. Families live hand-to-mouth, in make-shift shelters which provide little protection from the elements. It is estimated that up to half of all Batwa children die before their fifth birthday. Children in Crisis will be working with the Batwa and other vulnerable communities of Gasorwe Commune, in North-East Burundi, to change this.
From listening to the residents of Gasorwe, and by drawing on our experiences working alongside other rural communities in conflict-scarred countries, we believe that the best support we can provide is to equip adults with vocational and literacy skills. With sustainable livelihoods, Batwa parents in particular, who are currently living on the periphery of society, will be able to provide their children with shelter, food and schooling.