Burundi is a small country in the heart of Africa. From 1993 to 2005 the country was shaken by a ethnic motivated civil war. More than 300.000 people lost their lives and about a million people became refugees. Until today Burundi's citizens have to deal with mistrust, insecurity, multiple social problems and economic challenge. Burundi has become one of the poorest countries in the world and a large part of the population, even if 80% of people live from agriculture, does not have enough food. Statistics say, more than half of Burundi's population has less than 1$ per day for living.
The first victims - even in post conflict - are the weakest: street children. Most of youth in the countryside and outlying districts of the capital Bujumbura grow up under very poor conditions, so it is not astonishing that lots of them leave their families. Reasons are manifold: domestic violence, heritage conflicts, loss of contact with families during the war, or just because of hunger.
Street children are a part of the townscape of the capital Bujumbura; watching cars, and carrying groceries or trying to earn enough to survive with other small jobs. There are only a few initiatives taking care of these children who grow up on the streets and have lost all hope of a return to society. Since April 2015, political violence in the capital makes life even more difficult for these children.
burundikids cooperates with the local Burundian NGO, Fondation Stamm, founded by a German nurse who has lived in Burundi for more than 40 years. In several centers we give shelter to these children, especially providing education and reestablishing contact with families.