Child Sponsor Burundi
Burundi is one of the world's poorest countries and is in 178th
place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in
terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the
living standards of a country.
year ethnic war shattered the social, infrastructure and already
under performing economy of the country where today 80% live in
poverty, 53% of all Burundi children suffering from stunted growth
as a result of a poor or inadequate diet and few children go to
school, particularly those of an age for secondary education where
figures are as low as 8% in some areas due to a lack of qualified
teachers and adequate supplies.
Although the war is over, even as recently as 2008 UNICEF were
reporting that "Burundi's children continue to be threatened by
rape, child prostitution, child labour, recruitment into militias,
internal displacement, kidnapping and landmines."
Like many other countries in Africa, there are child sponsor
programs in Burundi, given the serious issues with children living
in abject poverty with chronic malnutrition and contagious
diseases rife. Most are dependent on foreign aid to survive. 11% of all children in Burundi die at birth, with 19% dying
before their fifth birthday, one of the highest child mortality
rates in the world mainly due to malaria, diarrhoea, and
pneumonia. Many who
are born alive are already infected with HIV/AIDS.
home to a child population of 3,733,000, 15,000 of who have AIDS, with a
total of 120,000 orphaned by
the illness. Child sponsor programs in Burundi focus on working with AIDS and war orphans,
preventative heath care, maintaining and developing safe water supplies,
agriculture development so families can feed their children freeing them from
child labour so they can attend school and helping displaced people return to
their homes, many of which require rebuilding.
You can help when you sponsor a
child in Burundi.