When rebels raided his home in Burundi, Roger ran for his life. He made it - but his six siblings weren’t as lucky. Now, from a crowded refugee camp in Uganda, War Child is helping him dream again…

“I feel free during the TeamUp sessions. In that moment, I forget the past.”

What we do

War Child has worked in partnership with national NGOs in Burundi since 2008 and established its own operations there in 2011. Our projects are designed to deliver mental health and psychosocial support, protection and education to children in various parts of Burundi.

We support children who are particularly at risk by strengthening community-based structures such as dedicated child protection committees active on every hill.

Our work to create supportive environments offer a safe haven where children can process their experiences, rebuild confidence and trust and contribute towards a better future - both for themselves and their communities.

Our projects

Curious to learn more about a specific project? Click on the pins in the map below.

Where we work

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  • Economic Empowerment of Youth Towards Peacebuilding and Crisis Prevention

    Cibitoke, Rumonge and Bujumbura Province
    Our research has identified 3 key factors believed to lure young people towards violence - stigmatisation, limited economic opportunity and lack of support from institutions and the general public. Through skills development and the set-up of community peacebuilding platforms, this flagship project attempts to turn that around.

  • Akazi Keza

    Cibitoke and Rumonge Province
    Based on a youth needs assessment conducted in 2019, this 6-month pilot aims to prepare and inspire youth for their future. Through technical and life skills training, they are invited to engage in income-generating activities and launch businesses that give back to their communities.


Our partners in Burundi



We have partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund since 2018, bringing together everything from child protection to psychosocial support for maximum impact in children’s lives.

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Swiss Development and Cooperation

AS COVID-19 hits Burundi with force, we are responding with equal vigor - all thanks to Switzerland’s leading international development agency.

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Hendrik van Gent is our Interim Country Director in Burundi. Interested in collaborating or have a specific query? Please reach out via one of the channels below.