Core Beliefs

Our Model


We are led and driven by the community, which has donated land,
cleared a road, and laid the foundation of VHW. 99% of our staff is
Burundian, and hundreds of community members volunteer at our site
every week.


We tackle the root causes and social determinants of disease,
recognizing that physical and psychological health often depends on
social and economic well-being. Our comprehensive approach entails
everything from clinical prevention and treatment, to agricultural training,
to livelihood skills education, to curriculum building.


Our impact dictates our programming. We conduct rigorous monitoring
and evaluation efforts to ensure concrete quantitative and qualitative
results on the ground.


We believe in like-minded, cross-sectoral partnerships. We partner with
the Burundian government, the U.S. government, UNICEF, Columbia
University, Partners In Health—a medical non-profit with 25 years of
experience strengthening health systems—and many other individuals
and institutions.


We are a reciprocal training center. Our model is designed to be
replicated beyond Burundi by other NGOs, governments, and
community members.