A beacon of hope

We work with CAPE (Centre d'Aide et de Protection de l'Enfant) on the Murakaza School Project. This is a beacon of hope for 200 children and their families living in SAB, 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

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.

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. 

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

You can do so by contributing to our Back to School Appeal.

Thank you for your generosity.