Burundi is a small, landlocked country in central Africa bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the DRC. After gaining its independence in 1962, Burundi was plagued by political instability in the 1960s and subsequently ravaged by two civil wars and genocides in the 1970s and 1990s – a history which has left Burundi as one of then poorest nations on earth. Read more about Burundi here.

BWA UK has been active in Burundi since 2012, working alongside our partner CAPE (Centre d’Aide et de Protection de l’Enfant). CAPE runs the Murakaza school project, which supports 200 students and their families living in a slum near Bujumbura, as well as education and income-generating activities for the marginalised Batwa population. Read more about our work in Burundi here.

Murakaza school project, Bujumbura, Burundi


We work with CAPE on the Murakaza School Project. This is a beacon of hope for 190 children and their families living in SAB, a slum outside Bujumbura, the capital. The school teaches both basic literacy and life skills for the children and offers social services and vocational training to their mothers, giving them opportunities they could never have dreamt of. 

Non-stop violence and insecurity

As one of the poorest countries in the world, Burundi has faced constant civil unrest and political turmoil, which has left children to bear the brunt of the crisis. The inhabitants of SAB survive on casual labour and illegal activities. Before the Murakaza School opened, most children spent their days on the streets, begging or stealing and being prey to violence, trafficking and prostitution.

A place to just be kids again

Murakaza is a safe haven, where children can learn, play and just be kids again. As well as teaching the children literacy and life skills, we mentor them to integrate into the national school system, and since 2012, 1,100 students have become integrated into the national system. Murakaza has also obtained birth certificates for 250 children, making them full citizens of Burundi.

In addition, we support their families by running sewing workshops and literacy classes.This gives the mothers the skills to run their own business and generate income for their family and provides them with the hope that they will finally escape the cycle of poverty. 

Will you help us reach 2,000 children?

With the political instability and more and more people being displaced, the school keeps attracting more children who dropped out of school or missed registration dates. When parents hear that Murakaza is 100% free, they are generally easily convinced to send their children to school. With more and more students coming, our classrooms are overcrowded. With your help, we can 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.

We have already helped 1,100 children, please help us help 2,000.

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