In Burundi, there are thousands – often single – mothers who do not know how they will be able to support their children. Our self-help-group concept is a unique opportunity to change their situation. Thanks to short-term intensive training courses – for example on how to establish a small businesses – and by collectively saving money and granting loans, they manage to lift themselves out of poverty. Their children receive regular meals and clothing and are able to attend school.
Kindernothilfe believes that it is extremely important that mothers understand their children’s rights. This has an impact on how they treat their children. Additionally, mothers may recognise and report cases of child abuse and violence in their surroundings.
The streets of large cities are home to thousands of children who have experienced violence: former child soldiers, child labourers, and children who have run away from home. We intend to reintegrate them into their village communities, their city districts and, whenever possible, their families. The women in the self-help groups help us to achieve these objectives.
Because education and training are a major factor in the struggle to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty, we help pave the way for children to attend school or receive vocational training.