Help Save Burundian Children

In the midst of extreme civil unrest, more than 416,000 people have fled Burundi to neighboring countries and refugee camps where tensions are running high between new arrivals and the long-established refugee population. Save the Children is working to help local partners implement child protection and education programs and make sure Burundi’s children grow up healthy, learning and safe.

The Challenges for Children in Burundi

Forced to flee their homes, Burundi’s child refugees live in poverty, lack access to healthcare and education and and facing increasing violence.*

  • 1 child in 16 dies before their 5th birthday - 9 times that of the United States
  • 56% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 21% of school-age children are out of school
  • 26% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 6% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 37 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 6% of the population forcibly displaced due to conflict
Map of Burundi

Our Work for Children in Burundi

Save the Children's work for Burundian children encompasses more than 3 decades of relief aid and program assistance around its region and neighboring countries. We've worked in Tanzania since 1994 and Rwanda since 1986. We continue to support Burundian children and families fleeing from violence. Save the Children operates programs in the Nyagurusu refugee camp in Tanzania and the Lusenda refugee camp in the DRC, where we give Burundian children who are far from home the ability to feel safe and have the opportunity to learn. Save the Children has also created child-friendly spaces at the camps to help children play, express themselves and recover from their traumatic experiences.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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