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.


Suffering In Silence: New CARE report highlights top 10 crises that received little to no media attention in 2019

GENEVA (Jan. 28, 2020) — Madagascar’s chronic food crisis ranks #1 in CARE’s report “Suffering In Silence” which was launched globally today.


Joint Programme

Project Name: Joint Programme ("Menyumenyeshe")

Donor: Embassy of the Netherlands in Burundi

Partners: UNFPA, Cordaid, Rutgers, Burundian government

Duration: 2016-2020


Refugees from DRC arrive in Burundi

Over 8,000 Congolese have crossed Lake Tangyanika into Burundi since February, most travelling in small fishing boats. Aid agencies are expecting more than 15,000 Congolese refugees to arrive in Burundi, with fears the number could rise as high as 60,000.


Life is hard for Congolese refugees in Burundi

“I am worried I will not be able to breastfeed my baby,” said Anna, mother of little Lexige. Lexige was born only a few days ago. His home is a refugee camp in the south-west of Burundi.


Girls Globe: Evidence for Effective Sex Ed

Girls Globe featured a Burundi government initiative to provide sexual and reproductive health information for young people to prevent high rates of teenage pregnancy and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The initiative is in partnership with CARE, UNFPA and others.


PBS: These 10 humanitarian crises got the least attention last year

PBS Newshour.com published an extensive story on CARE’s “Suffering in Silence” report highlighting the 10 most underreported humanitarian crises of 2017.


PBS News Hour: These 10 humanitarian crises got the least attention last year

CARE’s Suffering in Silence report highlighting the 10 most underreported humanitarian crises of 2017 was featured in a story by PBS NewsHour.