One teacher for every 114 students … that needs to change.

It's no wonder only 46 percent of Burundian students complete school when you consider that, in some areas, the ratio of teachers to students is 1 to 114.

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Public school is free in Burundi, but thanks to 10 years of an incredibly terrible civil war, there just aren't many schools in existence. So children either cram together in classrooms or don't go to school at all.

An FH staff member embraces a student who says that
when he grows up, he wants to be Burundi's president.

The communities where FH works in Burundi are among the poorest in this nation which already consistently ranks among the top five poorest countries worldwide. The people mostly are returning refugees — they fled their homes years ago, during the war, and now are returning to start all over again.

For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. government has granted money to FH to build schools and improve education in these communities.

So far, seven schools have been built.

Right now, in close partnership with the Burundian government, FH is building a new school with:

six classrooms…

administrative offices and teachers' living quarters…
12 pit latrines (toilets)…
and a system to catch and store run-off water from the roof.

The classrooms also will be furnished with chalkboards,
desks, tables, shelves, books and other teaching materials.

In addition to materials goods, FH is bolstering the educational system by:

  • Training 7 teachers to work at the new school
  • Establishing parent-teacher associations to strengthen education for children now and in the future
  • Focusing on education for girls: a proven way to prevent sexual and gender-based violence

Planning for the future
FH has a written agreement with Burundi's Ministry of Education which outlines a partnership designed for lasting success of the schools FH builds. Past hand-offs have been successful, and the government has agreed to assume responsibility for this new school, as well.

As mentioned, the U.S. government provided a grant for this work, but it is a “matching grant,” meaning FH needs to raise a certain amount of money in order for the government to give the rest. We have to raise exactly$15,820 for this specific education program. If you'd like to help give education to Burundi's children, please consider joining Poverty 180 at $9 or more each month! Every single dollar helps.

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