To combat poverty and bring lasting change to the community of Mwumba by building a long-term relationship between Wadhurst and Mwumba communities
Burundi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Child mortality is the 12th highest in the world (104/1000) and, in 2017, it was estimated by the European Commission that 3 million people out of the total population of 11 million were in need of humanitarian assistance. Due to the current political instability and seasonal food shortages, 390,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring countries. Mwumba is a commune (local district) in northern Burundi with a population of 25,000 inhabitants. The average size of farm is less than 1 acre and many families are landless. Coffee is the main cash crop; however, there has been a decline in coffee production due to poor prices and the better returns from growing food crops.
HOW WE WORK
We work in partnership with Food for the Hungry (FH), which for over 40 years has been working with those who are living through unimaginable hardship. FH seeks to end all forms of human poverty by going to the hard places and closely walking with the world’s most vulnerable. FH works by initiating Child Focused Community Transformation (CFCT) programmes in over 20 different countries, which provide clean water, medical aid, education, agricultural development, vocational training and spiritual education.
Our funding helps to support the Mwumba CFCT in Burundi.
OUR LINK TO WADHURST
Since the start of the programme, the children at Wadhurst Church of England Primary School have raised funds to support the work. They currently sponsor 2 children at Mwumba Primary School. They learn about life in Burundi and exchange news. In May 2017, the school sent 15 footballs to the children of Mwumba.
The Wadhurst-Burundi Link is also supported by individual supporters, local businesses and community groups (e.g. Wadhurst Rotary, Church home-groups).
HOW WE USE YOUR GIFT
The current programme budget is US$35,000 per annum with the Wadhurst-Burundi Link seeking to raise 50% of the cost. The other 50% is raised by FH (UK). Additional grant funding is raised for special projects (e.g. building of classrooms, emergency roofing for houses, building a food store etc.).