Burundi

Number of people served: 30,230

As one of the poorest countries in the world, Burundi has experienced many years of war and ethnic conflict. This violence and persecution has caused hundreds of thousands of people to be displaced from their homes, creating 57,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).

Our work in Burundi

JRS Burundi began working with internally displaced Burundians in 1995. After the return of relative peace to the region, the Jesuit Refugee Service shifted its support to the integration of more than 500,000 former refugees who began returning home from Tanzania in 2002. At this time, JRS began to gradually close down its remaining projects. However, civil conflict began again in 2015, and a new rebellion is having disastrous consequences for Burundi. Since that time, JRS has ramped up our efforts to serve displaced Burundians and refugees in the country once again.

Currently, JRS Burundi works in the city of Bujumbura and in Ruyigi and Muyinga provinces. In the provinces, JRS facilitates formal and informal education in the camps of Kinama and Musasa in Muyinga, and Kavumu and Bwagiriza in Ruyigi, where more than 32,000 Congolese families have settled long-term. Furthermore, early childhood development, sports, and leisure activities are also implemented to promote psychosocial welfare for refugee children in the camps.

With the support of Fund For Women, some 300 urban refugees (mostly girls) living in Bujumbura, the capital city, have access to public education and livelihood training to promote improvement of their socioeconomic situation and their integration in the surrounding, local communities.

See our work

Local family from JRS project thresh their bean crop.
Local family from JRS project thresh their bean crop. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
First Communicants at Christ Light of the World Parish in Giteranyi smile as they await for their religious education class to begin.
First Communicants at Christ Light of the World Parish in Giteranyi smile as they await for their religious education class to begin. Jesuit Refugee Service)
Local children gather on grounds of Christ Light of World parish in Giteranyi in front of the JRS office.
Local children gather on grounds of Christ Light of World parish in Giteranyi in front of the JRS office. (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Contact

JRS Burundi Country Director

Andre Atsu

andre.atsu@jrs.net

Project locations:

Bujumbura, Ruyigi and Muyinga provinces

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