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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Feb 21, 2017

Computer training for street kids- boost your gift

New Generation Burundi has been selected for a technology matching fund whereby any donations will be increased by 50% on Tuesday 21st Feb at 14.00 UK time (9am EST for US supporters) - so please do take 3 minutes to boost your donation - but you will need to be quick as there is only £4,200 in the fund, and 20 selected charities will be competing for the matching. Any donations up to £500 per person will get a 50% match until the fund runs out, probably 10 minutes later!

You will need to donate to this new project page: 

https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/it-training-for-the-street-children-of-burundi/

Here is the story....

New Generation has started computer training for the former street children in its Road to School program! It was given 30 old laptops by a higher education college that closed down, and with the help of funds raised by supporters like you, it refurbished a large wooden hut and equipped it to be a computer training room. 

The staff provides basic training, and the project now wants to employ a full-time computer trainer who will be able to run training courses and maintain the equipment. 

The computer trainer will also offer classes for local people for a small fee, and this income will help to cover the costs of training for the street children. 

New Generation's aim is not to simply feed and clothe the street children, but to train them so that they can become a new generation of leaders for Burundi, to help give the country a brighter future. 

Volunteers Rod & Anita Whitehead will be visiting the project for three weeks in March, and will give us an update on other developments.

You can contact Rod at rod@streetaction.org for more information. 

Thanks so much for caring about the street children of Burundi, which is now the poorest country in the world.....

 
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