The Murakaza school is a beacon of hope for 150 children and their families living in a slum outside of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. Thanks to your support, not only does it provide basic literacy and life skills to children, it also offers social services and vocational training to their mothers, opening the door to opportunities they could never have dreamt of. Recent floods have badly damaged the structure which needs urgent repairs.

Today, Bread and Water for Africa UK is starting its first ever crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the Murakaza school. We urgently need your help to raise £5,000 which will allow us to rehabilitate the school and build an extra classroom.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Burundi has faced civil unrest since the Spring 2015 election. The political turmoil have left children to bear the brunt of the crisis. SAB is a slum outside Bujumbura, made of abandoned industrial building. Its inhabitants survive of casual labor and illegal activities. Before the construction of the Murakaza school, most children would spend their days on the streets, begging or stealing and being prey to violence, trafficking and prostitution.

Murakaza is a safe haven: children can learn, play and just be kids again. We teach them literacy and life skills and offer counseling to their families. We mentor them to integrate the national school system. But the school, damaged by floods, is about to crumble. The roof is leaking and it is currently unsafe. With your help, we’ll rehabilitate the existing structure and build a second classroom, to provide better learning environment to our 158 pupils and their 3 teachers.

With a new and bigger school, we will be able to accommodate more nursery and primary students. These are children who will go on to become productive members of society instead of swelling the numbers of disgruntled idle youths who are a powder keg for political instability. Since 2012, Murakaza has already enabled 1,100 students to integrate the national school system and 250 to obtain a birth certificate, making them full citizens of Burundi. We’d love for you to join us reaching 2,000.