Burundi

Burundi is facing a socio-political crisis that is affecting its economy. The vast majority of its population lives below the poverty line. Children are the most affected and are confronted to all sorts of violence. We are working with the Ministry of Justice to implement a restorative justice, which reintegrates children in conflict with the law into the society while guaranteeing their rights. We reinforce and support the actors in the communal system to establish a child protection framework which supports good existing cultural practices.

What we do

Child protection

We are putting in place a protective system for children through child protection community committees, centers and a national children’s forum. Children who are victims of violence or in conflict with the law are thus taken into charge and supported in their process of social reintegration or referred to appropriate structures. We support these structures and the development of work tools. Therefore, an equitable access to basic services is created for the children.

Acess to justice

We accompany the actors of the judicial system (police officers, social workers, rehabilitation centers’ staff, justice professionals ) through training in restorative juvenile justice. Children in conflict with the law benefit from alternative measures to deprivation of liberty and can follow psychosocial activities to prevent recidivism.

“Klerya is nine. When I met her, she couldn’t speak. She was afraid, sad and lonely. Now she’s happy, she takes initiatives and she’s even starting to speak!”

Mylène Ntamatungiroa, coordinator in charge of raising awareness in Burundi

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Terre des hommes in Burundi

Beneficiaries in 2017

77'864 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 49

2018 Budget

CHF 1'930'623

 

 

 

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

1985
Start of Terre des hommes’ work in Burundi.
2001
Creation of a national programme to reintegrate orphaned and marginalised children.
2005
Foundation of a network of 14 local organisations dedicated to defending the rights of children living on the streets.
2005
Start of a project aimed at children and youths in conflict with the law.
2013
Implementation of a training programme to prevent violence and crime in collaboration with the University of Cape Town.
2014
Creation of a partnership with the Ministry of Labour to support children working as domestic servants.
2016
Initiation of a violence and delinquency prevention programme.

Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Tdh Magazine No. 40 – Against Child Trafficking
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice

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