Support a school for 450 students in Burundi!

May 20, 2014

Updating for 2014

Dear Friend,

As you may know the project started in 2013 and aims at developing the education part of Maison Shalom activities.

Today, there is 233 students and the main objective is to welcome 450 students by 2015.

Friends of Humanity will still support Maison Shalom in 2014 so that to reach this objective.

In 2013, a high number of students attended school. This situation led to the opening of new classrooms. Indeed, the International school is facing a high demand and still need your donations.

 Funds are still needed for :

- the building of a volley-ball and football playground

- the purchase of 240 benches

- the purchase of 47 computers

- the purchase of 300 books.


We thank you very much for your donations.


Friends of Humanity Team

Apr 24, 2014

Thank you for supporting the International School in Burundi!

Dear all,

Thank you for your generous support and contributions to the International School project in Ruyugi, Burundi. This project, launched in 2009 by Maison Shalom, aims to provide disadvantaged children the opportunity to attend school and receive a better education in the province of Ruyugi, where the educational system suffers due to a lack of facilities. 

Recently, the donations Friends of Humanity has received has faciliated the International School in the development and outfitting of 9 new classrooms, equipped with adquate learning tools such as bench desks, books and computers. These materials are essential to accomodate the new students the school has received in 2013 as enrollment has reached 241 from the 185 initial students! This is a major step towards its goal of educating 450 students by 2016. 

Your kind donations have also contributed to the construction of recreation facilities, including a playground, a basketball court and a voleyball court. With your support, the International School has been able to improve and expand its functions, while providing an affordable primary education that aims to lead the region to sustainable development.

Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support!

Friends of Humanity

Jan 16, 2014

We still need you for 2014!

Education system in Burundi

Despite the fact that Burundi ratified the UN Convention on the Right of the Child in 1990, the education system is still chaotic. Since 2005, primary school is free but the conditions are still inadequate for the students. Nowadays, only 56% of the children finish primary school and less than 10% finish secondary school (source: UNESCO).

In Burundi the relevant issues in the education system are :

  • Small income for teachers that discourage them
  • Unsuitable and insufficient didactical material more precisely in rural areas
  • Overcrowded class rooms (up to 200 hundreds students per class-rooms with only 50 desks)
  • Lack of recreations facilities for more than 50% of the school.

In the province of Ruyigi, the situation is even worse. In the city of Ruyigi, there is only one pre-school with 100 children per class-rooms. Consequently, the success rate is very low in national exams. Moreover, qualified persons are difficult to find in that region, which does not contribute to a better situation for development. Some parents prefer to work for a lower income in urban areas so that their children can access to a better education.

In that bad education and development context, the International School project born.

Project description


In 2005, as part of its commitment to socio-educational development, the Maison Shalom founded a community day care centre for orphans and children of Ruyigi ages 1 to 5. A majority of orphans were reintegrated into their communities of origins, which left the day care centre almost empty.

Inspired by Maggy and the Maison Shalom, and concerned about the quality of education in post-conflict Ruyigi, a group of parents proposed the launch of an international school on the premises of the day care centre to provide more children with the opportunity to attend school. With the support of the Maison Shalom, the school opened its doors in 2009. The International School places social justice at the heart of its teachings.

The School project aims at giving better conditions in terms of pedagogic material, IT, recreations facilities development. The idea is to provide better intellectual and recreations conditions for the students.

The objective of the project is to accept 450 students in 2016.

Project progress

In November 2013, according to our local partner Maison Shalom, 241 students are attending the school which represent 107 students in primary school and 134 students in pre-school. This means that since the beginning of 2013, 53 new students have joined the school.

With regards to the school staff there are now 9 teachers, 2 administrative workers, 1 pedagogical supervisor, 3 lookout men and 1 driver for the school bus. They all work to offer the children a better environment.

So that to allow other 209 children to have a better education (in order to reach the objective of 450 children attending the school by 2016), please feel free to support us through donations!

We thank you for all your contributions for the supported education projects in Burundi and in India with the Alice project (click here to find out more).

Friends of Humanity Team

Oct 21, 2013

Quality education for a better life in Burundi

Education is the single most vital element in combating poverty, empowering women and promoting human rights and democracy. The realization of the right to education is crucial for the realization of other human rights such as the right to access health care. Given that fact, Friends of Humanity has decided to support the charity Maison Shalom,in the development of its International School project in Ruyigi, Burundi.

Friends of Humanity has been working consistently with Maison Shalom since 2008, mainly on the Rema Hospital and for the support of young female victims of sexual violence. This year Friends of Humanity are supporting her new project, the International School, which aims to provide an excellent education to disadvantaged children in Ruyigi, Burundi. The International School already welcomes 185 students and in 2016, they want to welcome 450 children.

Continue to support this project so that we can give Maison Shalom the opportunity to welcome 450 students in its International School. By supporting you will allow the creation of new classes, with new material for hundreds of children in need of education.

Thank you again for your donations.

Friends of Humanity Team

Jul 18, 2013

Description of the project activities and expected outcomes

To achieve its objective of accommodating 450 students in 2016, Maison Shalom must be supported by outside investments. The International School receives no public funding, just the help of the parents. The Maison Shalom France and the Bridderlech Deelen Foundation of Luxembourg have designated funds for the construction of new classroom buildings.

Friends of Humanity will support the development and expansion of the school through the following activities:

  • The development recreational activities: in tandem with traditional education, it is imperative that students participate in recreational and athletic activities, which encourages community dynamics. We will support the construction of a playground for elementary students, including the construction of a basketball court and a volleyball court 
  • The development of new classrooms: the purchase of 135 bench desks for nine new primary classrooms in anticipation of the 2013 school year and increases in staff and students. The desks are constructed by local artisans 
  • Access to technological tools: the purchase of 37 computers for a computer room for student and staff use, which will allow students to become familiar with technology in order to prepare for their futures. The computers will be used by students in grades 4 through 8 
  • Books for learning and teaching: the purchase of 195 books will include books for teachers, textbooks, and reading books. Currently, books are printed and photocopied by hand at the St. Paul Library in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital city. The new books will be imported.These actions will complete the action of other partners, who have taken charge of the construction of new classrooms.

Expected Outcomes by 2016

  1. The education of 450 each year who are well-prepared for secondary education 
  2. 12 classrooms built and well-equipped with furniture and learning materials 
  3. A recreational space for 450 children

In addition to the education of children, the prosperity of the school will have other positive effects:

  • Creating employment for at least 30 teachers and other persons 
  • Stimulation of the local economy: creating demand for furniture, school supplies, office supplies, and other items from local artisans and merchants 
  • Stabilization of families, who will no longer need to live separately in order to send their children to good schools 
  • Stabilization of the Maison Shalom staff ,who will be motivated to work in a place where their children receive an excellent education

Long-term Impacts

  1. Increased success rates in national examinations for children from rural and semi-urban areas 
  2. Increased number of young people who complete primary education with an intellectual background enabling them to succeed in secondary education. Currently, the average age of a new university graduate is 30 years due to repetition. This age may go down to 25 if children are correctly trained from the beginning of their education 
  3. Increase in the number of families willing to work and stay in Ruyigi.

We hope that this report will show you how your generous donations will be spent.

Thank you again for your support !!

Friends of Humanity Team

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Maggy Barankitse

Geneva, Switzerland

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