The Murakaza School provides an education and life saving food to primary school children living in a slum just outside Bujumbura. They receive key skills education, mentoring to reintegrate into mainstream schools confidently, healthcare on site and a life-saving daily meal. The school is in urgent need of funds to cover ongoing costs of teaching, materials, uniforms, medical supplies and meals so that the next generation of children can look forward to a much brighter future.
Due to extreme poverty these families are unable to afford the school fees and uniform costs to send their children to school. Political instability and civil wars have contributed to Burundi's status as one of the poorest countries in the world. Parents are sending their children begging on the streets, or working for money just to survive. Unless the next generation can get an education and improve their prospects, this cycle will continue. 300 families are in need of urgent support.
Education is the key to ending the cycle, but if we cannot also solve the hunger problem then families will go looking for food instead of schooling. The Murakaza School addresses this need by not only providing an award winning education, but also a daily meal so the children have the energy to learn, and have no need to beg on the dangerous streets of Bujumbura. Children are taught a solid curriculum and reintegrated into mainstream schools, with over 1500 already returning to normal education
230 children every year will be able to go on to secondary education, breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing their chances of a more prosperous future. Nutritional deficiencies and hunger will be addressed through the porridge feeding program where extra vitamins are added to the recipe. Parents will end up slightly better off financially as the pressure of school fees and food is eased. The Murakaza School also runs vocational skills training so parents can generate an income.