The Milk for Transformation project is an innovative social enterprise established in a rural community with 400 families and farmers. It is now starting to develop a new base and outreach in Gihanga, Cibitoke, an area of the country most affected by the recent famine in East Africa.
Take a look at this brief summary - just a few examples of what our wonderful supporters helped us achieve in 2017.
Eva's dream is to end the indignity of lack of affordable sanitary protection for girls and women throughout Burundi. After careful research, she has launched a new enterprise to produce three layer reusable sanitary towels. We are delighted to support this life-changing business, already creating four full-time jobs.
In the Bubanza region the village of Ciya was attacked frequently during the Civil War. Many women were widowed. They fled across the border to the Congo. When they returned they discovered their homes had been destroyed. GLO's newest partner, J-Life Burundi works with these widows and orphans, helping them get out of debt and building new homes, like the one pictured here.
Huge congratulations to Simon and Lizzie Guillebaud who have both been awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for their years of service to Burundi. Simon set up Great Lakes Outreach (GLO) in 2003 in response to the huge needs of the country. He and Lizzie have stayed committed to Burundi and still live there despite the crisis. GLO brings hope to around 75,000 people every year.
EE visited a Vineyard Church in Kayanza with their flipchart presentation. The lady pictured left was there. She had endured multiple still births over many years. She was pregnant when she attended the EE event and she shared her problem with the team. They prayed for her. As you can see here, the lady finally gave birth to a beautiful baby!
Congratulations to New Generation, our street children partner, on being accepted by the Cross of Nails Community. This is in recognition of the outstanding work of New Generation towards peace and reconciliation in Burundi.
New Generation plays a key role in the strategic Christian Initiatives for Peace project. It draws crowds of young people through football and concerts in order to encourage them to keep out of the violence. This project is called 'Gir Ubuntu' or 'Be Human'. New Generation has worked with street children in Burundi for over a decade and is a hugely positive influence on the streets.