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Village Health Works



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

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Where we Work

Village Health Works operates in one of the rural areas of Burundi, 60 miles southwest of the capital city of Bujumbura. Our patients come from all over the country and also neighboring Tanzania and the DRC. Our catchment area in southern Burundi serves a population of approximately 200,000 mostly from the provinces of Rumonge, Makamba, Bururi.

Our campus is nestled amongst lush mountains and overlooks Lake Tanganyika, one of the oldest and largest lakes in the world. We strive to provide Burundians with a place of calm and healing in a country that has endured many years of turmoil.

Burundi is a small country in the heart of the Great Lakes Region of East Africa. The majority of the population lives in rural areas and relies on subsistence farming to survive. Due to a prolonged civil war between 1993 and 2006, Burundi has experienced very slow development and is plagued by poor health outcomes, a failing education system, and weak infrastructure.

we Believe

» Lack of access to quality health care and education is the greatest threat to human development and peace.

» Improving the physical and mental health of our most impoverished and marginalized fellow human beings is not only possible, but absolutely essential to sustainable development.

» Education based on critical thinking, from early childhood onward, is the foundation of a healthy and just society.

» We learn as much from the communities we serve as they may learn from us.

» We must act with boldness, compassion, and humility to achieve our goals.

» The true measure of our success is the pride, hope, and boundless resilience of our community as a result of the work we do together.

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Village Health WOrks Programs

We treat and prevent illness through primary health care services integrated with education, sustainable agriculture and economic development programs. Our team includes nearly 500 full and part-time employees and 1000 community volunteers and we serve 200,000 men, women and children in Kigutu and the surrounding area.

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Health Care

Healthcare is at the center of everything we do because our patients are the very heart of why we exist. Every day we advance hope, dignity, and prosperity through health.

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Our education program improves the quality of teaching and learning in Kigutu through critical support services to students, teacher training in innovative practice, and upgraded education infrastructure to help our young people reach their full potential.

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Agriculture and Nutrition

Our agriculture and nutrition program provides healthy food for our patients, educates the community on farming practices, and empowers people to nourish their bodies via a diverse diet.

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Economic Development

Our economic development program empowers community members to participate in the local economy in order to alleviate the health burdens of poverty.

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Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement is not only the link through which we establish trust and develop solidarity with local community members, but is the very vessel through which we deliver — and transform — every element of our programming from health to education to agriculture and economic development.