CARE originally established an office in Burundi in 1994 to help people affected by civil unrest. Our initial program focused on the distribution of emergency supplies to internally displaced people and returning refugees in the northern part of the country.
During the following years of upheaval within the Great Lakes region, CARE Burundi managed refugee camps inside the country and across the border in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After successfully conducting democratic elections, Burundi’s new government has many challenges, not only that of rebuilding both infrastructure and the economy but also rebuilding governance structures and a climate of trust amongst the population.
Post-war, we support civil society and in particular women to take a more active role in moving Burundi towards peace and economic security.
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
CARE currently works in 11 countries in East and Central Africa (ECA), implementing long-term programs to fight poverty, respond to humanitarian emergencies, and advocate for policy change to improve the lives of the poorest populations.
For many years, Goretti Nyabenda, a mother and wife living in northern Burundi, lived as a virtual prisoner to her husband— not allowed to socialize with other women or even leave the house. But Goretti wanted a better life for her and her six children and eventually convinced her husband to allow her to participate in a local women’s savings and loans group.
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