Burundi is one of the three poorest countries in the world. Only one out of every five children in Burundi is able to attend school beyond the first few years of grade school. In Burundi, schooling is mandatory for children ages 7-13. However, due to the civil war that ended in 2005, many schools were destroyed. The country suffered extreme teacher shortages and a lack of access to educational resources. Because over a quarter of schools were destroyed during the war, many children are forced to walk several miles each day to get to the closest school building. Although the government attempts to make primary education free, for many, especially girls, attending school is out of the question.
Our vision for Burundi is to develop the next generation of church, community and government leaders. One way to achieve this vision is by building schools that focus on Christian values and leadership principles. In January 2013 Asante broke ground on the first English speaking school in Ngozi, Burundi. Our Ngozi sponsorship center has 400 sponsored children anxiously waiting to enter their new school.
This school will be made up of 3 classroom blocks, one administrative block and 15 teachers houses. Phase 1 of our project is to complete the classroom blocks and administrative block which will cost $200,000. Phase 2 will be to build the teachers houses which will be $375,000.
As of February we have raised 60% of the funds needed to complete the construction of Phase 1. You can partner with us in providing a quality education to the children in Ngozi by donating towards this special project. Here are a few ways that you can help:
$25 buys two bags of cement
$50 buys a students’ desk
$100 buys a classroom door
$500 buys 10 windows
$1,000 furnishes a classrooms’ desks
$2,500 builds a restroom
$5,000 memory brick which will cover the cost of one classroom’s construction labor
Please contact us for further information about this exciting project!