Looking Forward

Join us in building the future of Burundi’s health care and education.

We’ve come a long way in slightly over a decade of work; we’ve made our community healthier through medicine, nutrition, agriculture, education, and economic development. We’ve improved learning outcomes and encouraged students to attend more school by reducing health barriers to education. We’ve strengthened our community and they have supported us in return.

But there remains great need. Women are still dying in pregnancy and childbirth and patients with surgical needs have very limited options. Doctors are forced to decide whether patients should share beds or be turned away. Too few children have access to quality education. There is much to be done.

To truly break the cycle of poverty, we believe both health care and education must be transformed. These two new initiatives will extend our impact in Burundi and serve as a model of not only the region but also the continent.

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Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion

Today, 11 years after Village Health Works transformed the mountain village of Kigutu, Burundi into a fulcrum of quality, community-driven health care and education, we are in the second half of a $20 million campaign to build the Kigutu Hospital and Women's Health Pavilion.

The Women's Health Pavilion Saving Women's Lives

The Kigutu Hospital, Women's Health Pavilion will:

  • Save lives and reduce needless suffering.

  • Build a health care model for the country and region, raising expectations of what is possible.

  • Provide an excellent practice and training environment for Burundian clinicians, teachers, researchers, and leaders, retaining this talent in-country.

In response to the crisis facing Burundian health care, VHW is building an 85,000 square foot, 150-bed teaching hospital with 5 core services:

  • Maternity/Obstetrics – Prenatal and Postnatal Ward

  • Pediatrics – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Nursery, General and Malnutrition Wards

  • Surgery – Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and Post-operative Ward

  • Internal Medicine – Men’s and Women’s Wards

  • Emergency – 24 Hour Triage and Emergency Room

Education and Training

  • Provide training and education that will bridge the current Graduate Medical Education gap and create a platform for collaboration with national programs

  • Provide additional professional skills training for local and nationwide healthcare professionals

  • When completed, we estimate the hospital will require a staff of 213:

    • 87 Clinical (15 physicians and 72 nurses)

    • 100 Ancillary Services

    • 26 Administrative

Additional features:

  • Solar roof that will be combined with our current hydroelectric plant to provide sustainable and reliable energy for the hospital

  • Innovative waste management systems

  • Blood bank and transfusion center

  • Dietary services integrated with our on-campus agriculture and nutrition program

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kiGUTU International ACADEMY

Educating the Next Generation of Leaders


This innovative, grade 7-12 boarding school will provide outstanding preparation in core academic subjects and build 21st century skills for graduates to be lifelong change-makers and problem solvers. The Teacher Leadership Institute will improve the skills of educators across Burundi, using Kigutu International Academy as a demonstration school.


•Provide rigorous academic preparation and build 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and entrepreneurship

•Focus on ethical leadership development and social justice

•Prepare graduates to lead locally as well as compete internationally, with pathways to universities in Africa and the US


•Informed by global best practice, yet responsive to Burundian context

•Use experiential learning and active, student-centered instruction

•Leverage technology and blended learning to meet individual needs

•Focus on English instruction, yet ensure students also proficient in French

Student Body

•Build a diverse student body from across Burundi, breaking down traditional barriers

•Identify youth with solid academic performance and leadership potential

•Compete for fee-paying students with top secondary schools and provide scholarships to serve disadvantaged youth, including from Kigutu

Faculty and Staff

•Build a diverse team that embraces a nurturing, student-centered approach

•Hire senior team from within and outside Burundi

•Recruit young English speaking fellows as mentors in dorms and classroom assistants

Community Engagement

•Leverage VHW campus for project-based learning in life sciences, the arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship

• Be a productive and sustainable school, with a school farm and renewable energy sources