2013 Annual Report

We are pleased to share Village Health Works' 2013 Annual Report.

In 2013 alone, we:

  • provided 28,150 patients with quality medical care and counseling;

  • advanced the education opportunities for 102 preschoolers and 250 after school students;

  • helped spread sustainable and productive farming and confronted malnutrition head on through 65 cooperatives and 600 household gardens;

  • provided skills-building training to victims of gender-based violence in 5 different cooperatives, creating a safe space to lift themselves out of poverty;

  • and employed over 200 community workers to serve the 100,000+ people in our catchment area.

Burundi's Inflation Slowed to 3.4%

By Patrick Nduwimana

Burundi's annual inflation slowed to 3.4 percent in May. A mission from the International Monetary Fund said economic growth is expected to improve to 4.7 percent this year from 4.5 percent in 2013, supported by agriculture and by construction of major infrastructure projects.

For the full article on Reuters, visit:

A Compassionate World: A Fundraising Dinner to Benefit Village Health Works

On March 6th, 2014, our dedicated Seattle Committee raised nearly $100,000 for Village Health Works' general operating expenses. Below are some long overdue photographs from the fundraising dinner held at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

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Preschool Inauguration Ceremony

On June 4th, 2014, Village Health Works celebrated the inauguration of its newly constructed preschool building. Deo, Burundi's UNICEF representatives, and a preschool student are pictured below at the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

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After nearly 8 months of holding classes in tents, our 100+ students now have beautiful classrooms (like the one pictured below) to call their own! 

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The entire community came together to celebrate this momentous occasion. There is no other quality preschool in the region, where Village Health Works operates. 

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VHW's 2014 First Quarterly Newsletter

VHW's 2014 First Quarterly Newsletter
Check out VHW's 2014 First Quarterly Newsletter.

VHW Receives Support from UNFPA

The United Nations Population Fund in Burundi generously donated 150 bicycles, 150 radios, 150 bags, and 150 umbrellas to VHW's community health workers. We are grateful for this new and budding partnership.

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Deo Visits Ireland for a Seminar Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

VHW Founder and CEO, Deo NIyizonkiza traveled to Ireland for a national conference, sponsored by four main Irish international humanitarian agencies-- Concern Worldwide, GOAL, Oxfam Ireland, and Trocaire. The conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in the Royal Irish Academy on April 10th, 2014. 

Deo's visit has been featured in The Journal and The Herald. Deo was also interviewed on RTE Radio One, as well as the television show, Ireland AM.

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Deo on Ireland AM with Maura Lennon from GOAL. 

Deo's Talk at Clinton Global Initiative University

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Deo participated at the Clinton Global Initiative University annual conference at Arizona State University. Deo's panel, titled "Coming in Second: Scaling What Works" is viewable HERE

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Pictured above is Deo together with the panel's moderator, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation. Photo credit: Paul Morse and the Clinton Global Initiative. 

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Honors Deo

On February 23rd, 2014, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama honored VHW founder and CEO, Deogratias Niyizonkiza as a 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion. The full webcast of the celebratory event is available HERE and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to the Bay Area is described in detail in THIS ARTICLE.

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Deo Receives Karen Armstrong's Support

Religious scholar Karen Armstrong congratulates Deo on receiveing the Dalai Lama's 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion Award. Please click HERE to watch the video. 

Deo and VHW Featured on the Seattle Rotary Website

On Wednesday, March 5th, VHW Founder and CEO Deo spoke at the Seattle Rotary Club's weekly luncheon. For a summary of the event, please visit the Seattle Rotary Club website.

From the talk: "We want medical services to serve patients and train local health professionals in a dignified environment. We want a strong infrastructure so we can train others and inspire others beyond Burundi." -Deo Niyizonkiza

VHW's 2013 Fourth Quarterly Newsletter

Check out VHW's 2013 Fourth Quarterly Newsletter.

VHW Featured in AllPeopleBeHappy Foundation Newsletter

In the latest AllPeopleBeHappy Foundation newsletter, Village Health Works and VHW founder and CEO, Deo Niyizonkiza were featured for their participation in the Houston Grantmaker's Forum. Please read the full newsletter HERE.


Wheelock College President Visits Kigutu

In a recent blog post in the Huffington Post, Jackie Jenkins-Scott, the President of Wheelock College, reflected on her visit to Village Health Works and her time shadowing VHW founder and CEO, Deo Niyizonkiza. Titled "Out of Genocide Comes Hope: New Year's Eve in Burundi," the piece highlights VHW's accomplishments and its unique ability to cultivate hope.

From the article:

"What Deo and the residents of Kigutu have accomplished in six short years is nothign short of miraculous.NOt only have they build a high functioning outpatient hospital, but they also created a sustainable farm, community center, economic coops, residential quarters for 55 staff and a nice new guest house for upt to 20 people...While the facilities are modest, there is an incredible sense of respect and appreciation for every human being often not found in our modern high tech healthcare facilities."

Read the full article here:

Deo's Talk at Global Washington

If you weren't able to see Deo's keynote lecture at the Global Washington 2013 annual conference in Seattle, you can watch his talk here (skip to 17:00 min):