Aug 2, 2017

IT Training for street children starts next month!

NGB's soccer team on the computers
NGB's soccer team on the computers

Thankyou so much for supporting this project - your donations and GlobalGiving's matched funding delivered a total of £9,000, enough to pay for an IT trainer for 3 years! 

Life is not easy in Burundi. Soon after receiving this wonderful news, New Generation (NGB) hit a problem. In May there was no electricity for days at a time. The electricity often goes off, and then the project runs its generator. But the power shortage was due to the authorities running out of hard currency, and this also caused a severe petrol shortage. With no petrol to run generators, everything ground to a halt. There was no point employing an IT trainer with no power...

Thankfully the situation has now improved – power is still intermittent, but petrol is available. NGB had 17 applicants for the role, and the short list of 5 will be interviewed next week. All have experience of IT training, some at local universities, and two have had experience abroad. The appointee will earn about £250 a month, a good salary in Burundi. 

The street children who NGB helps get to school only receive half a day's schooling up to the age of 13 in the state primary school. Some go in the morning, and some the afternoon, so the IT teacher will be able to teach them in different groups. Training will also be given to the older former streetchildren who NGB cares for - some are at secondary school, and some work locally or for the project.

NGB's mision is to "train and equip a new generation of leaders for Burundi". It aims to develop a group of young people who have the skills to be leaders in the community, in business and in politics. But who also have a strong moral compass and a desire to help others, not just themselves. 

Thankyou so much for playing your part! We will let you know how the training is going in a few months time.....

P.S. If you are interested in visiting the project, and perhaps helping with the summer holiday club or with IT Training, then get in touch with me at rod@streetaction.org.

Older Girls IT training
Older Girls IT training

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May 22, 2017

Moving House - A More Stable Future

Thank you so much for your continued support. We don't say it enough. But we so grateful.

Things are still very unstable in Burundi. But from the midst of that instability in Bujumbura, we have some exciting news from New Generation.

Since Dieudonne Nahimana began providing support to a few children living on the streets of Bujumbura over 20 years ago, New Generation has always had a nomadic existence. Recent years have seen the project find a home in Bujumbura, but the site they rented was always that - a temporary home.

But now, thanks to the hugely generous support of many Street Action supporters, New Generation is in the process of buying a piece of land, which will, within the next six months, become their permanent home.

The purchase is going through at the moment, and we'll be providing more updates (with photos) in the next few months, but overall this opportunity will give the project a stability that they haven't had before. And it will mean that a third of their budget, currently being spent on rent, can be used to help the children within the project, and reach out to more children on the streets of Bujumbura.

And that is thanks to you. Those who have regularly supported New Generation, through Street Action, for many years. And those who are newer supporters and have provided substantial sums to make this possible. 

We are truly grateful.

Apr 13, 2017

Target for IT Training reached - thanks a million!

Computing lesson for NGB's soccer team
Computing lesson for NGB's soccer team

Happy Easter! Thanks to you, we have raised a total of £9,000 ($11,250), enough for New Generation to employ an IT teacher for three years. He or she will be able to teach current and former street children – and even the staff!

This training will go a long way to make up for missed years of schooling for these children, by giving them an advantage in a key area of education. Primary schools in Burundi do not have computers, and computing facilities for secondary schools (from age 14) are very limited or non-existent.

 The 30 laptops that were given to New Generation in 2016 are 8-years old, but they are good quality robust Dell business computers that are powerful enough to run up-to-date versions of software.

GlobalGiving included our project in their “Tech for Good” campaign – thanks to a donor they were able to boost donations over a one-month period by a 50% match. Your donations earned matching funds of £2,730 – we also won a £250 prize for the highest amount of matching funds earned, so thank you so much for propelling us to the top of the leaderboard!

 New Generation’s primary aim as a charity is to “train and equip a new generation of leaders for Burundi”. Your donation will go a long way towards helping them give the poorest country in the world a brighter future.

Older girls having Computer training
Older girls having Computer training

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