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FIVE PROGRAMS,

ONE MISSION: 

 

 

  Our Mission

is to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment while also addressing the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect.


Village Health Works brings hope to Burundi through a holistic model. In partnership with community members, we focus first on treating and preventing illness through primary health care services. We then integrate education, sustainable agriculture, and economic development programs.

Our campus in Kigutu - the heart of our operations - is home to a primary health care clinic, pre-school, and demonstration gardens, and through outreach we provide services throughout 18 surrounding communities. Our comprehensive programs serve more than 200,000 men, women and children. 

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HEALTH

Burundi's health care statistics are staggering - A Burundian woman has a 1 in 23 lifetime risk of dying in childbirth; and 54 out of 1,000 babies will die before they reach their first birthday.

There is great opportunity for impact in Burundi and Village Health Works is uniquely positioned to act.

Our cornerstone program in Kigutu is a comprehensive community health clinic. The services we provide include primary care, maternal and child health, mental health, the prevention and treatment of HIV, TB, malaria and other infectious diseases, and a growing non-communicable disease program. Our clinic has responded to local needs over time and now includes four inpatient wards, including one dedicated primarily to severe pediatric malnutrition.

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EDUCATION

High-quality education is the foundation to improve people's lives and alleviate poverty. Through our education program, we strengthen young people's access to pre-primary and primary education, develop teachers’ skills through a training program in coordination with area schools, and empower parents to take an active role in their children’s education and academic success. 

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Agriculture

Burundi has the distinction of being the hungriest country in the world and malnutrition is one of the most prevalent diseases in rural Burundi.

In response to community needs, our agriculture program has evolved from nutrition education and seed distribution to include community outreach events, training, livestock management, and environmental protection. Community members manage on-site gardens and livestock shelters, grow community gardens, and take part in agricultural and livestock cooperatives.

These initiatives produce food and economic opportunity for the community, and also strengthen community knowledge of the connections between food, nutrition, and health.

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Economic Development

Village Health Works provides training for vulnerable community members—in particular women who have experienced gender-based violence. Cooperatives in weaving, sewing, soap-making, and baking provide community members with a source of income and economic empowerment, while offering a safe space for camaraderie and friendship. 

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Community Engagement 

Village Health Works and our Kigutu campus have grown rapidly with the support and enthusiasm of the community we serve. We learn continually from each other and work in close partnership to develop and implement programs that meet community needs. Through outreach, leadership development, music and the arts, we foster creative expression, educate fellow community members, and strengthen community connections.