SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Burundi).

Although the government is currently working to improve the situation of the children, the needs far exceed the resources available in Gitega province. The region around Gitega is one of the most densely populated in Burundi and has a very high number of children who cannot be cared for by their families - or are at risk of losing the care they need. Children and young people are extremely vulnerable due to the difficult economic situation in the region and often do not get enough to eat. In addition, many children cannot go to school because they have to contribute to the family income.

Since 1979, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Gitega.

Of children do not grow up healthily in Burundi


More than 50% of Burundian children suffer from stunting, meaning that they do not grow up or develop properly. While this can have many reasons, such as poor hygiene and sanitation or early pregnancies, the primary cause is poor nutrition for children and their mothers. Like in other parts of Burundi, this has long-term negative impacts on children in Gitega.

8 in 10
People are poor in Burundi

Widespread poverty

As in the rest of the country, the Gitega region suffers from a difficult economic situation. In fact, 8 out of 10 people in Burundi live in poverty. A large proportion of Burundians are employed in agriculture, especially in rural areas. However, the effects of the civil war and the recurring drought threaten the livelihoods of many people.

Your support makes a difference for children in Gitega

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Can stay together
Learn at our kindergartens and schools
Medical treatments
Were possible
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Children playing together. Siblings grow up with each other, and often form bonds that last a lifetime (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Burundi).

How your support helps in Gitega

Strengthening vulnerable families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run trainings so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Providing quality education
SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children and young people have access to high-quality education. We help them learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. We train teachers on children’s rights and child-centered learning, so that each child can get the most out of their education. Young children spend time playing and learning at kindergarten. This prepares them for primary school.
Providing medical care
In areas with limited health services, SOS Children’s Villages provides medical advice and assistance. We offer preventative measures such as medical check-ups and vaccination programmes. Most of the patients who approach us for medical help come from local families, who could otherwise not afford to receive treatment.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.