After ten years of political crisis and civil war, September 2005 saw Burundi adopt a constitution of elected democratic institutions, aiming to provide a certain degree of stability, along with adequate housing and health infrastructures. The situation, however, remains concerning: the lack of water networks and their inadequate maintenance means that they are able to serve just 33% of the population. Despite the abundance of natural resources and productive land, the recurring pockets of food insecurity continue to concern humanitarian organizations.
Between 1996 and 2010, our teams provided assistance for Burundian refugees returning to their native lands, and for the most vulnerable populations in the provinces of Cibitoke, Bubanza, Bujumbura, Bururi, Makamba, Cankuzo and Rutana.
Although support was given for food security and nutrition, most of our programs in Burundi focused on improving sanitary conditions for these communities, by providing them with safe, sustainable access to drinking water and sanitation.
To this end, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL participated in extending and constructing water networks, provided support to set up water point management committees, and rehabilitated latrines and sanitation facilities throughout the country. In parallel, our teams also carried out hygiene awareness campaigns.
In total, over a period of 14 years, 172,200 people benefitted from SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s aid in Burundi.
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