Give street children in Burundi a future

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Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
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Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future
Give street children in Burundi a future

As you will know, New Generation moved to their new site last year - a piece of land, in Bujumbura, bought through the generous support of Street Action supporters. Last month, I was part of a small team from the UK who visited New Generation and we were able to sit and hear the vision their leadership team has for the future, on the site that will provide the base for that vision.

Various temporary buildings have been erected over the last year to enable New Generate to operate from the new site, but preparations for laying foundations for the first permanent building are about to begin. Building will take place in phases over the next few years, the extent and speed of which will depend on the level of funds that can be raised. But however quick or slow this progress is, the simple reality is that it is an exciting, if daunting, time for the organisation.

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. So the development of the new site is so important for their long term security and stability, as they continue to look to improve the care they provide for children within the project, and reach out to more children on the streets of Bujumbura. All as part of a vision to see the country of Burundi changed for the better, change driven by the young people of the country.

Thanks again. To all of you 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.

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Young Entrepreneurs in the making!
Young Entrepreneurs in the making!

The Entrepreneurship training started on the 14th of February 2018 and was conducted for young people living on the streets who are of 20 years age and above. The majority are still living on the streets.

New Generation has signed a partnership contract with a business firm called BDS ( Business Development Services) specialized in the Entrepreneurship training for people who have never been to school.

What made the learning more engaging was the use of images instead of narration and text which helped with a smooth understanding of the program. Practical games depicting real life events and situations were also included as part of the training.

They also underwent coaching sessions which allowed them to elaborate their business plans.

Arielle, a young lady who works as a volunteer at New Generation, assisted the students throughout the training. She was also available after the training for these students for further clarifications on their business plans. One of the students had recently come out of prison and was working on a business plan which had turned out to be unsuccessful. After the training and some time spent with the teacher outside the class environment, he was able to steer the business idea towards a realistic project.

Unfortunately, one of the young people passed away due to a sudden illness.

19 young people were able to get their business plans printed out but 4 of these business plans seemed to be more realistic than the rest.

The coaching and training sessions are still ongoing for these young people and we are planning to start another class and welcome more people.

Thank you to all of you who have regularly supported New Generation, through Street Action, for many years. And those who are newer partners and have provided support to make this possible.

We are truly grateful.

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Runners Up - and the Golden Boot award!
Runners Up - and the Golden Boot award!

In May 2018, a month before the FIFA World Cup, three of New Generation's project leaders will be taking 9 boys aged 14-17 to Moscow to represent Burundi in the Street Child World Cup!

The journey started five years ago when New Gen applied to represent Burundi in the Street Child World Cup in Rio, Brazil in March 2014. They didn't have the money to pay for their flights - in fact the project could not pay its wages at the time. But Dieudonne, the CEO, believed that they had to leave Burundi to tell their story, because very few people even know where Burundi is, and even fewer visit it. The story unfolded....existing and new supporters gave generously to buy their tickets, and the team arrived elated in Rio...albeit exhausted and starving after a 36-hour journey because they had no travel money so had to survive on meagre airplane rations. And no football boots either....

The team stood out from the crowd of 230 former street-children - their behaviour was impeccable, they took part in the football, art and music with great enthusiasm and their wonderful team spirit carried them all the way to the boys final at a magnificent old soccer stadium where Brazil used to play 100 years ago. Sadly they lost 3-1 to neighbours Tanzania - but this time round Tanzania will be taking a girls team, so a new younger team of Burundi boys will be hoping to go one better than their elders.

New Gen has already raised the money it needs to get to Moscow and 25 boys are in training awaiting selection for the team.  At the Moscow Street Child World Cup there will be 12 boys teams and 12 girls teams representing 22 countries - altogether 220 former street-children and orphans. A final selection of 9 boys from New Generation to play in the 7-a-side tournament will be made in a week or so.  These boys will then be trained by a professional coach, and will receive English lessons and some lessons about Russia. By a wonderful co-incidence, New Gen's new computer trainer spent 6 years in Moscow learning the language and IT, so he will be passing on his local knowledge and a few key phrases. 

"More than a Game" is the motto of organisers Street Child United - the purpose of the event is to attract the global media attention with a heartwarming football story in the host nation just before the World Cup - and then to use this publicity as a platform for a global campaign that "no child should have to live on the streets". 

If you are wondering why New Gen is spending money on flights to Moscow, and not just caring for street children... one of the main reasons is because after Rio the support of people who heard about New Gen through the Street Child World Cup has transformed the finances of the charity, and with it the lives of hundreds of children. 

The event is 11th-17th May, and we would be delighted to see you if you would like to come to Moscow for a few days. Please contact rod@streetaction.org for details. If you can't, then do follow the event on Street Child United's youtube channel,  facebook or Goal.com. (There will be 60 volunteers helping run the SCWC, and SC is looking for a few more people with Communications expertise if you fancy being there for the whole event). 

Oh, and did we forget to say? The final on 17th May is probably going to take place on a specially constructed pitch at Red Square.....

Burundi score goal in 2014 SCWC
Burundi score goal in 2014 SCWC
Burundi Celebrate Goal!
Burundi Celebrate Goal!

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The joy of a schoolbook!
The joy of a schoolbook!

The staff and children at New Generation send their greetings to their wonderful supporters round the world! Thanks to improved funding from people like you, the staff have been able to expand their outreach program in the last few months, helping more children who live on the streets. The staff have also started visiting prisons. They found over a hundred children locked up in the main adult prison in Bujumbura. New Generation knows many of these children and it appears the only “crime” they have committed is sleeping on the street. So New Generation has started working with the authorities to provide a better solution.

 When my wife and I visited New Generation 18 months ago, we met a 10-year-old girl, Belinda (name changed). Her mother is a sex worker who had started offering her child to her clients. She was found with her hands tied and so had been brought to New Generation. Belinda was very disturbed – she had never been to school and she did not know how to relate to the other children. The staff were not sure whether to keep her at the center. But she loved being cuddled, and was keen to please.

 Gradually Belinda responded to the care and attention, and was able to go to school. But she struggled and it quickly became clear that she had learning difficulties. In a country where there are so many thousands of children in urgent need of help, the staff could have been forgiven for concluding that Belinda’s case was just too difficult…but they didn’t. There aren’t many special schools in Burundi, but they managed to secure a place at a boarding school in Gitega, two hours away. They took her to her new school in September, and she is settling in well. Belinda’s school fees are just £40 a month ($50) – but that is a major unbudgeted expense for a charity that has to watch every penny.

 If you would like to help with Belinda’s school fees please do get in touch. Your continued support is saving children’s lives every day.

Off to school for the first time
Off to school for the first time
Even homework can be fun
Even homework can be fun
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Exciting news from New Generation - they now own their own piece of land, in Bujumbura, on which they will soon start building a new, permanent home. Building will take place in phases over the next few years, with the first phase seeing New Generation's daily activities moving to the site. This will hopefull be completed by the end of the year.

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.

So this news, thanks to the hugely generous support of many Street Action supporters, is so exciting for the long term security and stability of New Generation. And it will mean that a third of their budget, currently being spent on renting a site, can be used to help the children within the project, and reach out to more children on the streets of Bujumbura.

Thanks again. To all of you 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.

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