‘Deo’ calls students to action

Read about Deo's recent talk at Sweet Briar College here

Guardian Development Disruptors series

Below is Deo's latest article in the Guardian Development Disruptors series, which highlights the importance of removing barriers to dignity when it comes to providing comprehensive healthcare solutions - in Burundi, and beyond.

Deogratias Niyizonkiza - It takes a village to build a hospital

Like many working in global health, I am often asked, “what would be the return on investment if I were to support your work?” Important as it is, this question encourages us to focus on narrow metrics and quick results, forgetting that a seed planted today won’t bear fruit overnight. I think the fundamental questions ought to be: “what is the cost of doing nothing?” and “what does it mean to save and empower one life?” In my experience progress, and even survival, are linked to how we value and honour the dignity of others. This is the foundation on which Village Health Works was created.

Read more: Guardian Development Disruptors series


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Books for Kigutu

To read the latest newsletter from Books for Kigutu click here

VHW Featured in Burundian Journal Iwacu

Our Annual Education Forum, which took place on July 24th, 2014, was showcased by the Burundian journal Iwacu. Iwacu is the most popular news source in Burundi.

The article emphasized the importance of supporting education programs as an integral investment in building healthy and sustainable communities. The article also highlighted Village Health Works' partnership in early childhood development with UNICEF. 

For the full article (in French), please visit:

VHW Featured on Exposure

VHW volunteer Alex Goodell recently published a story about VHW's preschool opening on Exposure, a photo narrative website. For his full story, please visit:

Alex's piece was even featured as a Staff Pick in August 2014!

H.O.W. Journal

We're thrilled to announce that H.O.W. Journal is helping to raise funds for Village Health Works. H.O.W. is an art and literary journal that publishes and eclectic mix of today's prominent writers and artists. For more information, please visit: 

2014 Annual Education Forum

On July 24th, Village Health Works convened its third annual education forum (pictured below). We were honored to have a number of special guests from the U.S. attend the forum, including advisory board members Sharon Jacob and Wendy Steiner, as well as Books for Kigutu founder Katherine Leppek. A provincial education authority also attended the forum, in addition to UNICEF representatives, Dr. Cinthia Acka-Douabele and Mr. Biikook G. Konlan. 

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The following week, Village Health Works' music group performed in the neighboring town of Rumonge in front of an audience of 500 people. The performance was organized by Nina Stern, Wendy Steiner, and Jean-Bosco from Village Health Works' Arts & Culture Program.

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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.