Ending Period Poverty
In collaboration with Olive Kabura,
a Ph.D. student at Tulane University, we undertook the project
of tackling periodpoverty in Gatumba, Burundi.
Period poverty affects women worldwide and especially those
in Burundi, by restricting their access to sanitary and menstruating products.
Those unable to assist themselves in this area
resort to desperate measures such as utilizing dirt rags, leaves, etc., which is often counterproductive as it leads to other physical health illnesses. We helped 153 women by providing each with three soaps,
some pads, and other hygienic products.
Ind. Children Project
The conditions affecting the children living in
Burundi vary and include a lack of clothing and shoes. We partnered with Chanceline Bamuhaye, an activist for the promotion of children's rights in Burundi, to aid in providing these essentials. Together, Beauty Out of Dust and Chanceline donated shoes and school supplies to 189 indigenous children within the organization of Dusangire. Each child received both shoes and notebooks; in total, 189 shoes and notebooks were purchased. Additionally, other necessities, including bags of rice and other nutritious foods, were delivered to the children. It was imperative to spend time with the children as well, so members of BOD located in Burundi joined the children in a set of activities.
It Takes a Village: Grandparents
As the saying goes, "it takes a village to raise a child," in this case, ten or so children. We met two grandparents raising their ten grandchildren with little to no means of supporting them in Kanyosha, Burundi. An effort that began with focusing on just those ten children quickly increased to include the other kids living in the village. We could allocate funds to the grandparents and children within the town. In addition to the donations provided, we pledged to pay for school fees and provide uniforms. All the children within the town received notebooks and some necessary food portions.
Back to School Gatumba
Amidst the pandemic in 2020, Burundi also experienced
heavy flooding, leaving many without homes and resources.
Our team in Burundi reported about 360-400 people were sleeping outside using bags as blankets due to the circumstances. There were those fortunate enough to have tarpaulins built by Unicef, but this was not the case for everyone. We then took on the mission of helping 200 kids affected by the tragedy in returning to school. This was done by allocating shoes, backpacks, and school supplies to aid families in the new school year.
Niyomuco Bella is an 11-year-old girl who left an orphan after losing her parents. She resides in the town hall of Bujumbura (Buterere zone). After an extensive search, we were fortunate enough to find a person ready to adopt Bella and take on the responsibilities of her school fees, housing, clothing, etc. One of our core beliefs is 'youth power' as it is our responsibility to invest in and guide young people to brighter futures. We invite you today to get involved and empower more children in Burundi.