Ntunda Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Community members started 20 savings and loan groups with our help, providing 431 people with interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans to increase their income. 78 people were equipped with beekeeping supplies or carpentry tools to help them earn income and better provide for their children. We continued to monitor the success of a livestock pass-on program that was previously established. Through this program, families receive livestock and agree to pass on some of the animals' offspring to other families in need. The livestock multiplied in 2014, blessing 45 additional families with goats and pigs. 216 people received improved banana plants and training to help them grow a greater variety of nutritious food. 80 community health workers were trained and equipped to treat children suffering from diarrheal diseases, which are among the leading causes of preventable death in children younger than 5. We established five nutrition centers and trained 100 community health workers to operate them. As a result, 2,568 children were screened for malnutrition, of whom 368 were rehabilitated and 80 were referred for additional treatment at a health clinic. 45 church leaders were trained in HIV prevention and the role of the church in caring for and reducing stigma against people affected by HIV or AIDS. With our help, community members formed 64 focus groups to address malaria and malnutrition. To reduce the prevalence of diarrheal diseases, community members were educated in healthy hygiene and sanitation practices and began promoting the construction and use of latrines. To improve children's access to education, we helped build three classrooms, equipped three preschools, and supplied eight primary schools with textbooks. Three school management committees were trained to monitor the quality of education and carry out school improvement plans. Eight child protection committees were established and trained in child rights and their role in reporting child abuse cases to local authorities. Six children's club were formed to raise awareness of child rights and protection and give children opportunities to speak up on issues that affect their lives. We organized awareness campaigns on the importance of birth registration, which is necessary for children to access basic government services such as education and healthcare.

Cross-cutting issues



  • Burundi>Karuzi


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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