Child Sponsor Burundi

Burundi is one of the world's poorest countries and is in 178th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country.

A 12 year ethnic war shattered the social, infrastructure and already under performing economy of the country where today 80% live in poverty, 53% of all Burundi children suffering from stunted growth as a result of a poor or inadequate diet and few children go to school, particularly those of an age for secondary education where figures are as low as 8% in some areas due to a lack of qualified teachers and adequate supplies.

Although the war is over, even as recently as 2008 UNICEF were reporting that "Burundi's children continue to be threatened by rape, child prostitution, child labour, recruitment into militias, internal displacement, kidnapping and landmines." Like many other countries in Africa, there are child sponsor programs in Burundi, given the serious issues with children living in abject poverty with chronic malnutrition and contagious diseases rife. Most are dependent on foreign aid to survive. 11% of all children in Burundi die at birth, with 19% dying before their fifth birthday, one of the highest child mortality rates in the world mainly due to malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia. Many who are born alive are already infected with HIV/AIDS.

Burundi is home to a child population of 3,733,000, 15,000 of who have AIDS, with a total of 120,000 orphaned by the illness. Child sponsor programs in Burundi focus on working with AIDS and war orphans, preventative heath care, maintaining and developing safe water supplies, agriculture development so families can feed their children freeing them from child labour so they can attend school and helping displaced people return to their homes, many of which require rebuilding.

You can help when you sponsor a child in Burundi.

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