Burundi ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world and is in the midst of a political crisis. Many young people accused of involvement in protests are imprisoned in appalling conditions. Terre des hommes protects children against violence and prevents delinquency. In collaboration with the government, we develop a restorative juvenile justice system that helps young people to reintegrate into society.

What we do

Child protection

To protect children – especially girls and children with disabilities – against violence, we teach them to report it. Our teams work together with the government and the local communities to develop services to prevent violence and to help children who experienced violence directly. Additionally, we create an equitable access to basic justice and education services. To help families affected by the political crisis, we implement the “Cash for work” project for the reconstruction and the rehabilitation of houses and community infrastructures. With the earned money, families can afford basic needs.

Juvenile justice

We work with communities to prevent violence and delinquency and facilitate the reintegration of former young offenders who live and work on the streets. Our team also supports young people who would like to follow a vocational training and become independent. We train social workers, prison staff and legal professionals in the implementation of restorative juvenile justice. More than 50% of detained children benefit from alternatives to custody. Our experts also organise activities in prisons to prevent violence and crime among young people.

“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 2016

26,627 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 49

2017 Budget

CHF 580,000.-

Programme locations

The provinces of Bujumbura Mairie, Bujumbura Rural, Kirundo, Karuzi, Kayanza, Ngozi, Gitega and Rumonge

Local partners

Several Ministries (Justice, Public Security, National Solidarity, Human Gender Rights), Handicap International, Local ASBL Biraturaba and Giriyuja


Where we work

Supported by


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

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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