BURUNDI: ASSISTANCE FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN



More than 830.000 orphans and vulnerable children currently live in Burundi.


Program details

Purpose: Ensure communautary care for orphans and vulnerable children

Beneficiaries: Orphans and vulnerable children from Bururi and Bujumbura

Phase 1: 2008-2011

Overall budget: 847 524 Euros

AMADE budget: 300 000 Euros

Partners : International Cooperation Division, AMADE Burundi, Fight Aids Monaco


Context

The National Council of Fight against AIDS values at more than 830.000 the number of Burundian orphans living in a situation of extreme poverty, deeply hurt by the consequences of the civil war and the AIDS pandemic.
Sometimes surviving on their own, these children can not have access to basic services like healthcare and education. In a country where 60% of the population live below poverty line, the guardians or the community assistance groups struggle to fulfill their needs.
In partnership with the Monegasque Cooperation, AMADE Burundi and Fight Aids Monaco, a support program was developed in 2008 to enhance the help brought to O.V.C. by the Burundian community networks.

Objectives


  • Improve the access to the basic services for the orphans and vulnerable children: medical and scholar assistance, professional training and insertion, restoration of social houses.
  • Ensure a medical care for the people living with AIDS: medical treatments, home care.
  • Contribute to reduce the transmission of the virus from the mother to the child: prevention and information campaigns, equipments for health centres, training of counsellors.
Evaluation of the phase 1

After the three first years of the program, the following results have been achieved regarding the first objective (involving AMADE Mondiale and AMADE Burundi):
  • 12 766 children have received medical care through the Health center of Bururi and other partner centers. The most serious cases have been transferred to the specialized hospitals of Bujumbura and Kigali (Rwanda). The final results are higher than expected because of how important the needs were.
  • 36 489 scholar kits have been distributed to 13 144 beneficiaries attending school since 2008. The lack of school supplies remains a major cause of removal from school for Burundian orphans.
  • 120 family leaders orphans benefited from professional training, whether in car mecanics, car driving or sewing. All of them out-of-school, they are now able to take care of their young brothers or sisters thanks to their income-generating activities.
  • 242 social houses have been covered with sheet metal. This activity is crucial to protect the orphans' land property.


Partnership

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the programme, H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover and H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie, President of Fight Aids Monaco, gathered to sign in a symbolic way the renewing of the program and to claim their mutual commitment to the benefit of Burundian children.

The meeting held on 2 April 2009 in Monaco, in the presence of H.E.Mr. Franck Biancheri, representing the Princely Government, and Mrs. Spès Nihangaza, President of AMADE Burundi.
The encouraging results obtained between April 2008 and March 2009 reinforced the motivation of the stakeholders for the future actions.

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