A REFERENCE CENTRE FOR CHILDREN IN BURUNDI



AMADE Burundi initiated the building of a structure that will allow to bring a psychosocial assistance to the Burundian children, strongly affected by the civil war.


Program details

Purpose: Building of a Center dedicated to psychosocial care for orphans
Beneficiaries: Burundian orphans in psychosocial distress

Budget: 177 000 Euros

Opening : July 2007

Partners: AMADE Burundi, International Cooperation Division

Funding: AMADE Burundi, International Cooperation Division, AMADE Mondiale


Context

The war that shaked Burundi since 1993, and the consecutive propagation of AIDS, have deeply touched the lives and balance of many of its people, essentially the Burundian children. Thousands of children survivors of the massacres are now orphans, in charge of their younger brothers and sisters welfare; many have seen the death of their parents. Some others have joined by force the armed groups and used for military end.

Most of these children can hardly integrate the Burundese society or have regular school days. These troubles are most of time treated the wrong way by their family circle and the public services. A great number of the children is rejected by the system, unable to build their future or to be received by a foster family.


Objective & achievements

AMADE Burundi already insures an important help to Burundian children through its community relaies, its psychologists and social workers: medical assistance, education, psychological help. Nonetheless, these children need a specific attention, and have to be treated in a specialized establishment, adapted to their particular needs, equipped with all the necessary services: psychotherapy, legal assistance, counselling for parents as well as children.

The foundation stone of the Centre has been laid in Bujumbura on 3 February 2007, in the presence of H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover, on the occasion of Her humanitarian journey in Africa.

Since its opening in July 2007, the Center accomodates and assists hundreds of children in need. Most of them went back to a normal life in their original environment, though some children need a longer and more specific treatment. Several hundreds of teachers benefited from psychosocial support courses. Thanks to the efforts of the members of AMADE Burundi, real improvements have been measured, and hope is slowly coming back.

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