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.
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.
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.