Welcome to the Village!
Village Health Works is part of an exceptionally determined community in Kigutu, Burundi. By discovering strength in common purpose, this community has grown from misery and strife to health and social harmony. A remarkable distance has been covered during this breathtaking transformation. On the heels of unthinkable violence, in one of the poorest countries on the planet, a stunning paradigm shift has taken hold.
After suffering through a 13-year civil war that ended in 2005, our community rallied to make possible the successful founding of Village Health Works. Former enemies came together to resolve their dehumanizing differences. They donated land, cleared a road, made bricks and laid the foundation for our clinic.
The, “unparalleled level of community participation,” as described by Dr. Paul Farmer in 2006, gained traction almost instantly. And efforts continue to gather momentum to this day. Ongoing community engagement is demonstrated through our growing number of village health workers, agricultural cooperatives, and through emergent strategic initiatives in education and economic development.