Jun 15, 2016

A sense of stability in an unstable country

Things politically in Burundi are unchanged with relative calm underpined by the threat of political and social upheaval at any point. Against this backdrop, the children at New Generation continue to demonstrate the reality of living peacefully as a community.

The reality of the situation in the country is that prices are rising (especially for food) and nothing can be taken for granted, including whether schools will be open one day to the next. So running the project is hard and life is unpredictable for the children and adults at New Generation.

The children cared for by New Generation continue to come to our center on a daily basis to receive food, take part in activities and be supported through their schooling. New short term accomodation blocks have been built and a new house has been rented to provide longer term support for some of the girls who are now looked after by New Generation. As an organisation that has worked with street children for many years, we know how much this crisis is affecting children in general and street children in particular. When everybody else is running back to their homes for shelter and protection from bullets, street children have no safe place to run to. They get caught up in clashes between the police and the protesters and struggle to find something to eat as most shops are closed and people have no money to give away.

So alongside providing for the physical needs of the children, New Generation has been promoting active non-violence among the youth in Burundi. Through different meetings and activities (often involving football), we have been able to speak to young people from different provinces, ethnic groups and political movements about healing and reconciliation.

We would like to thank all our partners who continue to support us through this work, not least providing food and shelter to these children. We also ask you to continue supporting them during these hard times.

Thank you

Mar 8, 2016

Ambassadors for peace and reconciliation

While the political situation in Burundi has continued to deteriorate, and violence is reported on an almost daily basis, the children at New Generation are looking to demonstrate the reality of living peacefully as a community.

The reality of the situation in the country is that prices are rising (especially for food) and nothing can be taken for granted, including whether schools will be open one day to the next. So running the project is hard and life is unpredictable for the children and adults at New Generation.

But in the midst of this uncertainty, six members of New Generation are travelling to Rio as ambassadors for Burundi at the Street Child Games in March 2016. They will participate in Olympic-themed sports, celebrating the right of all children to play and express themselves in a safe setting. At the heart of the games is a model-UN style Congres where street-connected children will lead the discussion on the issues they face. The outcome of the Congress will be resolution to be presented to governments, the United Nations and a letter to the IOC regarding the rights of vulnerable children around Mega Sporting Events.

And the children from New Generation will travel back to Burundi, hopefully to inspire the other street children who live as part of New Generation, and those still on the streets, that things can change and children's voices can be heard. 

Dec 9, 2015

A place of safety in midst of political choas

Since April 2015, Burundi has been experiencing a serious political crisis that has caused many to flee to neighbouring countries and others to lose their lives. It is against this political backdrop that New Generation has been looking to provide a place of safety for the children in our care, as well as playing a part in a nationwide campaign to promote peace and reconciliation. 

Schools have now re-opened in Burundi and life is continuing as much as possible, against a backdrop of ever present social instability and a very real threat of violence.   

The children cared for by New Generation continue to come to our center on a daily basis to receive food, take part in activities and be supported through their schooling. New short term accomodation blocks have been built and a new house has been rented to provide longer term support for some of the girls who are now looked after by New Generation. As an organisation that has worked with street children for many years, we know how much this crisis is affecting children in general and street children in particular. When everybody else is running back to their homes for shelter and protection from bullets, street children have no safe place to run to. They get caught up in clashes between the police and the protesters and struggle to find something to eat as most shops are closed and people have no money to give away.

So alongside providing for the physical needs of the children, New Generation has been promoting active non-violence among the youth in Burundi. Through different meetings and activities (often involving football), we have been able to speak to young people from different provinces, ethnic groups and political movements about healing and reconciliation.

We would like to thank all our partners who continue to support us through this work, not least providing food and shelter to these children. We also ask you to continue supporting them during these hard times.

Thank you

 
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