A beacon of hope

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. 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. 

Non-stop violence and insecurity

One of the poorest countries in the world, Burundi has faced civil unrest since the Spring 2015 election. The political turmoil has left children to bear the brunt of the crisis. SAB is a slum outside Bujumbura, made up of abandoned industrial buildings. Its inhabitants survive of casual labour 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.

A place to just be kids again

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. For some, we even take steps to get their birth certificate, giving them legal existence for the first time ever. 

In addition, we run sewing workshops and literacy classes for mothers, giving them skills to run their own business or generate some income for their family and the hope to finally escape the cycle of poverty. 

Woman learning to sew with a sewing machine in Burundi

Will you help us reach 2,000 children?

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 help us reach 2,000.

Please consider contributing to our Back to School Appeal.

Thank you for your generosity.