Burundi Without Orphans

Country Profile: Burundi

Total Population: 11.8 million
Total Children under the age of 18: 6.3 million

The situation of children in Burundi

The Challenges:

  • 610,000 children in Burundi are orphans.
  • The rising numbers of children living in the streets without parental care.
  • In Burundi, 78% of children live in poverty. Child poverty in Burundi significantly affects children in the rural parts of the country.
  • Due to high levels of poverty, around 35% cent of all children in Burundi is undernourished.
  • 90,000 children in Burundi were infected with HIV by their mothers during pregnancy.
  • Violence in schools, including cases of sexual abuse by teachers, is one of the underlying causes of girls dropping out of school.
  • 23% of children aged 6-14 years old remain out of school.
  • Girls and boys are also internally trafficked for domestic work and sexual exploitation.

Other Information about Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and Family Care in Burundi

Better Care Network Information on Family-Based Care in Burundi

More information for prayer at Operation World


"Source: UNICEF, Humanium, SOS Children's Villages International".

National Stories

Finding Families in Burundi

In August 2020, two small children in Burundi were orphaned after the tragic murder of their parents. The immediate family of the children was making plans to place them in a local orphanage, until they connected with the Burundi Without Orphans movement. The team explained the potential harms of institutional care and the advantages of placing the children with family. After being convinced by these explanations, the maternal grandmother agreed to take care of her grandchildren. Thanks to their timely intervention, two children were prevented from being separated from family who could provide for them!
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Burundi Without Orphans Summit Report

Held from 20th to 21st October 2016 At Nyabugete Missionary Centre in Bujumbura
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