FH Canada walks with a community for 10 years on their unique journey from stuck to thriving. FH Canada began working in Burundi in 2007 to come alongside communities in overcoming poverty and rebuilding after the end of the civil war. Right now, the 20 communities of Kabarore have passed the halfway point on their journeys towards self-sustainability, with graduation slotted for 2025.
The prevalence of poverty in Kabarore is among the highest in the province of Kayanza. This poverty is mainly attributed to the civil war and social conflict that raged through the country from 1990-2005. Kabarore was severely affected by the war, due to its proximity to the Kibira forest where many rebel farmers hid. When the war ended in 2005, refugees began to return to this devastated area to rebuild their lives. Food for the Hungry (FH) began working in Kabarore in late 2015, with the aim to graduate the 20 communities from extreme poverty by the end of 2025.
Families in Kabarore primarily depend on agriculture and livestock for income and food. However, the population density is high and the average family only has half a hectare available to farm. Although the land itself is fertile, the area is hilly and erosion degrades the soil. Food consumption lacks diversity and is mostly composed of tuber crops. As a result, malnutrition rates are high (above 50%) in the Kabarore area and 24.8% of children in Kabarore are underweight (global acceptable standard is less than 10%).
Through a strong partnership with FH, the communities carry out Child Focused Community Transformation activities to tackle poverty in the areas of education, health, livelihoods, and leadership development for over 8,000 households.
Food for the Hungry walks alongside communities and leaders in the beautiful Kabarore region to help them overcome their challenges and establish sustainable thriving. Together, they annually create four primary goals to address their biggest obstacles. This year, their goals are:
Education: Improve student performance and quality education; Improve access to education
Health: Improve health status of mother and children
Livelihoods: Improve food security and income in low income households
Leadership Development: Enhance capacity of local leaders to participate in and sustain community development
WHERE RESOURCES GO
FH believes that communities know best where to focus their development efforts. Together with FH Burundi staff, local leaders conduct an annual audit to determine where time, energy, and resources will be allocated. As a result, this pie chart shifts every year to respond to the community’s greatest needs!
*Pie chart represents the breakdown of Child Focused
Community Transformation (CFCT) programming for Fiscal Year
2021 and excludes standalone projects