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Building a Brighter Future

We are committed to restoring hope and contributing to a brighter future for the school children of Burundi.

brighter-futureRestoring Hope in Burundi and Beyond

Through our local sister charity organization in Burundi, the Burundi Education Fund, Inc. had supported more than 250 extremely poor children in six secondary schools from 2010-2015. In the beginning, in Burundi, we provided school supplies, bed sheets, personal hygiene items, and buckets (to transport water for bathing). Over time, it became important that students learn how to manage finances themselves with the help of the school administrators. Subsequently, monetary gifts were provided to cover annual tuition fees ($29), school supplies, uniforms, transportation and a medical checkup.

*In 2015, the government imposed severe restrictions on NGOs! The Burundi Education Fund now directs its focus on Burundi refugee students in Rwanda and Uganda.

Due to new-found political unrest in Burundi, in April 2015 our focus shifted northward to follow families who fled their homeland and became refugees in the neighboring countries of Rwanda and then Uganda. In the process, many refugee children lost 1 or both of their parents. Burundi Education Fund, Inc. is sponsoring hundreds of students to attend elementary and secondary schools in both countries. Annual tuition fees vary from $100 to $450.

Yes, our goal and mission remain the same – only the geography is different! Please consider helping refugee children attend school.

Unstructured Education Systems

brighter-future-2Education for refugees is challenging. The issues of deep poverty make it difficult for most students to obtain an education. However, poverty isn’t the only underlying cause of poor education. Access to schooling is often challenging since public schools don’t always admit refugee students. Consequently, many prospective students must either attend private school or no school at all.

What that had meant for us is that the 300 students we supported in Rwanda in 2016 were attending 101 different schools! That created a very time-intensive occupation for Egide to manage all the students, schools, tuition payments, report cards, etc. Since then, we have consolidated the schools that we partner with so now all of our sponsored students attend 53 schools. While more work can be done to further reduce the number of schools, Egide has drastically reduced the amount of time he needs to devote to administrative chores. In Rwanda.

Learning from that chaos we found in Rwanda, we are selectively choosing schools in Uganda and guiding parents to send their children to those partner schools.