BUJUMBURA September 6th (ABP) – The NGO Hope Worldwide Burundi offered school materials on Friday, September 2, to 160 students from some schools in Bujumbura City. Most of them are orphans of fathers and mothers and others who are or come from vulnerable families, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
That school material offered a few days before the start of the 2022-2023 school year consists of uniforms, notebooks, slats, pens, math boxes and pencils. The beneficiaries of that aid come from different areas of the city of Bujumbura namely Kamenge, Kinama, Musaga, Nyakabiga, Kanyosha, Cibitoke, Buterere and areas of the city of Bujumbura.
According to Serges Gahungu, National Coordinator of this organization, these interventions in favor of these vulnerable children fall within the framework of the “Burundi kids” program which started in 2008 with 18 orphan children from the Bujumbura City. Those interventions concern medical assistance, food and school fees and sanitary napkins for young girls.
Currently, Hope Worldwide Burundi assists 110 students enrolled in fundamental and post-basic, 50 others who are in the 3 first cycles, that is to say from the 1st to the 6th year and eight university students.
Serges Gahungu is delighted that this year, 13 students who benefited from the assistance of Hope Worldwide Burundi have just completed post-fundamental in addition to two students who have just completed post-fundamental.
Among the beneficiaries of assistance from that organization engaged in the field of education, Serges Gahungu notes that 170 children from vulnerable families have already completed post-basic and eight others have already completed the baccalaureate.
David Ngabirano, one of the beneficiaries of the interventions of this organization, laureate of the Kigobe Vocational Training Center invites other organizations to follow in the footsteps of Hope Worldwide Burundi. “If it hadn’t been for the intervention of Hope Worldwide Burundi, which assisted me for ten years, I was going to abandon my studies. I ask other organizations to follow suit. There are children who would like to learn but who lack the means”.
In recognition of that assistance which he received from Hope Worldwide Burundi, David Ngabirano revealed to the ABP that he gives free reinforcement lessons to elementary school students in his neighborhood while other supervisors require a sum of 40 thousand BIF per month.