Norwegian Church Aid in Burundi
- Presence established: 1996
- Funds used in 2015: 14.4 million NOK
In 2013 over 7,500 people participated in our peacebuilding activities.
Burundi is part of our WASH programme.
Norwegian Church Aid has been working in Burundi since 1996, originally to providing assistance to refugees in the country.
Our work in Burundi is focused on peacebuilding activities, security for women and children, and permanent access to clean and safe water for schools and communities.
Religious actors and faith-based organisations have key roles in peacebuilding. Norwegian Church Aid works actively to influence those who have power and authority to change or remove the causes of conflict in Burundi. For example, local capacities for peace are mobilised to prevent and transform destructive conflicts in local communities. In 2013, over 7,500 people participated in our peacebuilding activities aimed at reducing violence in society. In addition, we arrange workshops and dialogue arenas for youth and local authorities in order to discuss the causes of the various conflicts that arise.
Security for women and children
Violence against women and children is prevalent in Burundi. Through our work, 310 women and girls in Burundi received support and protection against violence in 2013.
Women are traditionally given little space in Burundian society. They are discriminated against both socially and culturally. This is especially the case in rural areas with higher rates of poverty. In addition, 88% of the population does not have economic freedom, which means that they are dependent on someone else to meet their basic needs.
Norwegian Church Aid support centres for former child soldiers, orphans, youth and vulnerable women. Vocational training and support in obtaining employment and a greater degree of financial security is provided at these centres. Advice and guidance is also provided in managing one's own income, and assistance in starting up a small business. Norwegian Church Aid also supports several transit centres for women who have survived violence and abuse. At these transit centres they receive accommodation, psycho-social assistance, legal aid and/or medical aid based on their need.
By educating children on hygiene and health, the whole community benefits. Read about our work with hygiene clubs.
Norwegian Church Aid provides school children and people in rural areas access to clean water, latrines and hygiene education. In 2013 over 4,300 people in Burundi received access to clean water through our work.
Over 90% of the population in Burundi are farmers, of which 70% are subsistence farmers and live off of the food they have grown themselves. In order to access water and ensure a good harvest, they are dependent on a stable rainy season. However, due to a high risk of drought and flooding their livelihood is constantly endangered. We provide access to clean water in rural communities, so that vulnerable farmers not only have clean drinking water, but also the opportunity to irrigate their crops if there is a lack of rain. This ensures farmers are less vulnerable to climate change.
Norwegian Church Aid believes it is the people and the communities themselves that can bring lasting change. We implement our programmes together with Burundian partner organisations and are in close contact and coordination with local government structures. This is in line with our overall goal of contributing to sustainable development for Burundi and its people. Our partners have a community-centred approach, rich experience and deep knowledge of the local context.