VOH Bwiza

About VOH Bwiza

VOH Bwiza opened in January 2010. We care for over 285 children and employ over 25 Burundians. Our Center is located in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.

Bwiza is a highly populated, crowded area. Many of the people living in Bwiza have moved there from other parts of the country searching for employment. Bwiza is also a popular area for those trying to support themselves by launching small businesses. However, due to the large number of people trying to earn a living by selling at local markets, business is very competitive and challenging.

Bwiza has a high population of widows, and many families are trying to support themselves without any consistent source of income. As a result, children in the area are vulnerable and unable to receive an education or have their basic needs met. At VOH Bwiza, we make it possible for children to attend school and serve them two nutritious meals each day.

Our Programs

Education

At VOH Bwiza, we offer baby classes, preschool, and kindergarten on-site. After students complete preschool, they attend public school in the surrounding community, and we cover their tuition fees. In addition to tuition, we also provide students with any books, uniforms, school supplies, and clothing they may need. All the children come back to the Center after school for extra lessons and tutoring.

Healthcare

We provide healthcare for those who need it by partnering with local clinics. For example, if one of our children is sick, our medical officer coordinates with the child’s caregivers and gets the child to a local clinic or hospital. VOH Bwiza then covers any medical bills. We also provide health education and training to our children, their guardians, VOH staff, and volunteers. This education includes First Aid training, information on nutrition, and guidance on monitoring a child’s growth.

Feeding Program

We provide three meals each day to the children who live on-site, which the housemother and auntie prepare. In addition, we provide breakfast and lunch for the children who live in the community through our daily feeding program. We make sure all meals are well-balanced, meet nutritional requirements, and contain a variety of vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Family-Focused Shelter

We have two children’s homes on-site: one girls’ home and one boys’ home. Each home has seven children and a housemother who cares for them. The housemother prepares meals for the children and makes sure they are healthy and doing well. Our leadership team and staff meet regularly with the housemothers to discuss any concerns they may have with any of the children and plan how we can best care for each child based on their individual needs.

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