Burundi/EU: About 3 million euros to protect children

The European Union releases an amount of 3, 6 million euros for the protection of Burundian children. The amount will be used in the project known as “Umwana mu muryango”. It will operate in four provinces namely Bujumbura city, Bujumbura province, Muyinga and Gitega provinces.

: Street children will be supported

Shann O’ Donnell, Country Director of the the International Rescue Committee-IRC, the executor and manager of the project says the amount will be used for the assistance of street children, support of orphanages and foster homes.

Félix Ngendabanyikwa, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Human Rights and Social Affairs says the fund is an added value to the existing activities of the ministry. He says the project will reframe and show the importance of the child at the family level. He also says it will be an opportunity to identify the role of parents in the education of children and that of various stakeholders at the family level. “The place of a child in the community will also be considered,” he says.

In March 2016, the EU had suspended direct financial support to the Burundian administration including the budget support, but had fully maintaining both its financial support to the population and its humanitarian assistance.