Giving the Gift of Education

In Burundi, one of the poorest nations of the world, nine year old Artille and seven year old Christian, live with their Aunt Fredrika. They’ve become part of her family ever since they were orphaned some years back.

Artille and Christian would love to attend school.

Fredrika is one of the trainees on the ‘Foundations for Farming’ training programme and so is learning how to farm in a way which yields far more than traditional farming methods. She’s eager to learn and has real hope that in time she will be able to grow enough food for the family, plus have a small income from the sale of surplus crops. When she’s not training, she’s looking for work as well as caring for the four children. Her husband spends every day searching for work and takes whatever work he can find to help support the family. They live is a tiny rented house, made of mud bricks. It has just 2 rooms and there’s no power, no water and there’s no sanitation either. It’s the only place they can afford. They don’t complain, but life is tough; incredibly tough.

Hope for Tomorrow Global has been helping to support Fredrika and her family with food each month, enough for a meal a day of maize and beans, plus daily milk for the children, to help prevent malnutrition. It’s making a big difference and the children are happy and healthy, but it’s not enough to give them the chance of a better future; a future free of the captivity of poverty.

Fredrika longs for the children to be able to go to school. Right now Christian and Artille should be in Primary School, but although primary education is free in Burundi, children are only allowed to attend if they have a school uniform, including shoes, plus books and stationery. Sometimes they also have to contribute towards furniture, maintenance of the school building and even the teacher’s salary. These costs make it impossible for Christian and Artille, and literally thousands of other children in Burundi to attend school, denying them the chance to get an education.

In the communities we are working in, hundreds of families are among the poorest of the poor. Through no fault of their own, they are living in abject poverty. One of the ways to break the cycle of poverty is for the children to have the gift of education. Most young people in Burundi are desperate to go to school. They recognise that if they have an education they will have more choices in life; more opportunities and an increased chance of getting the better paid jobs when they are older.

Education is one of the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty. On average, just £20 is all it takes to cover the cost of the uniform and essential items a primary-aged child needs to be able to attend school – and that’s for a whole year!

Would you like to give Christian and Artille and hundreds of other children in Burundi this life-changing opportunity? If so, please click here to donate. Any amount will make a huge difference.

Thank you so much!

Fund a Farmer, Feed a Nation!

Foundations For Farming maize harvest

These photos show a day of great celebration in one of the communities we’ve been working with in Burundi, as our trainee farmers experienced an abundant harvest of maize, having just implemented Foundations for Farming for the first time.

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It was very moving to witness the farmers carrying their harvest on their heads, so full of hope and joy, knowing that they are now well on their way to being able to provide for their families, if they continue to farm in this way.

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Foundations for Farming, formerly known as Farming God’s Way, is a way of farming originally pioneered in Zimbabwe, which when applied faithfully, produces far greater yields than traditional farming; on average 10 times more. Just imagine the impact of such increase for those who are poor and who are struggling to feed their families. It’s no wonder the families we’ve been working with are so excited!

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Burundi is currently one of the poorest, least developed and hungriest nations in the world. In the communities we’re working in, as in much of Burundi, daily life is a battle for survival. Those we have been supporting have suffered great hardship as a result of natural disasters, political unrest and the economic crisis in the nation. They have lost homes and livelihoods through no fault of their own. They work as hard as they possibly can, but work is extremely difficult to come by and even when they manage to earn something, it’s not enough to cover even the very basics of life. Parents are often forced to choose between providing shelter or food. Very few can manage both.

Children with some of the maize harvest

We’ve been supporting those in crisis by providing food and supplying vulnerable children with milk each day to help prevent malnourishment and these efforts have made a huge difference but our Burundian friends long to have the dignity of being able to provide for themselves and their families. When we explained about Foundations for Farming and the opportunity to learn this method, there was such an eagerness to do the training. It’s the answer they have been longing for.

Farmers using the Foundations For Farming method of agriculture

The trainee farmers worked extremely hard learning and implementing this new method, working alongside two trainers who came to Burundi to help teach them this new way, which is based on how God does things in nature. The trainees were exceptional in their attitude, dedication and faithfulness. The results speak for themselves!

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With the maize crops standing so tall and healthy and with the contrast with traditional crops so obvious, many local people asked how such results could be possible. They too want to learn and we are eager to do all we can to enable as many families as possible to learn how to farm in this way.

Having such yields is literally life-changing. In time, as families implement this method of farming and continue to apply it faithfully, they will not only be able to sustain their families but will have surplus left over to sell and this income can then be used to pay school fees, medical bills and to cover other needs.

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Our team on the ground is working extremely hard to train more farmers and to raise up trainers as well. As 2020 draws to a close, 200 farmers have now been trained in Foundations for Farming and are getting ever closer to sustaining themselves and their families.

Team of Burundian people teaching Foundations for Farming

We are now in the process of trying to buy land so that we can scale up the training and also provide families with plots so that they can grow food for their family. From a plot just 16m x 39m a family can live for a year on the food they grow and will even have enough seed left over for the following season to plant again. Sustainability is no longer a dream. Food security is within reach.

We truly believe that the changes that will come as a result of families implementing Foundations for Farming are not only life-changing for the those who directly benefit, but will impact whole communities. There is huge potential to even bring transformation on a much wider scale, across the nation, especially when you consider the knock-on impact on health, development, education and the economy.

We’re aiming to give every family in the communities we’re working in the opportunity to learn Foundations for Farming and to then support them in implementing it on their own plot of land. From each group we train, we aim to raise up two new trainers to work alongside our core team, until their skills and expertise are such that they can train others, so that eventually, our Burundian friends can offer this incredible life-changing opportunity right across Burundi.

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Would you like to help? Could you fund a farmer, and help feed a nation?

A one-off donation of £35 will provide a trainee with a starter kit, which includes seeds and all the items needed to start Foundations for Farming. If you’d like to help a farmer and his/her family, please give here. Thank you so much!

We long for every family in the communities we are working with to have the dignity of being able to look after itself; to have food, shelter, safe drinking water, an income for clothing and medical needs and to pay school fees, so that every child can grow up with hope for their future and hope for their nation.

Milk Matters

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One simple cup of milk a day is dramatically changing the lives of hundreds of children in Burundi. In one of the world’s poorest and hungriest nations (where the World Food Programme states that 58% of the population is chronically malnourished), this vital source of nutrition is making an enormous difference. Milk matters – a lot!

Girl in poor living conditions in Burundi

Burundians have extremely limited opportunities to earn an income and those they do have are fraught with challenges. In one of the least-developed nations of the world, nothing is straightforward, and the future can feel very bleak. For parents, the pressure of finding food for their children is enormous and often just not possible. Even one meal a day has become a luxury for most.

Burundian boys

Our Support Matters!

We have been supporting hundreds of families in recent years who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in crisis, and fighting for survival. We’ve seen first-hand the impact of poverty and the effects of malnutrition.

Burundian boys with milk bottles

Because vitamin and mineral deficiencies are rampant,  the children are susceptible to infection. They may develop all manner of diseases, could go blind, or even die. Inadequate nutrition severely impacts children’s development and mental capacity. When we ask the age of a child, it’s often a shock to discover that, most times, they are several years older than they appear. The girl in the photo below is 10 years old.

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Their Support Matters!

Another huge benefit is that the milk we supply is purchased from the Milk for Transformation enterprise. This enterprise has already lifted over 400 rural families out of poverty and makes milk available for purchase to low-income families in the city. Therefore, when you buy milk for a child you are also helping many others. A simple cup of milk really does have the potential to save lives and change futures.

Children in Burundi with milk cups

Your Support Matters!

With your support and generosity we have been able to supply hundreds of litres of highly nutritious full-fat milk to children, and it’s making a huge difference. The children we originally supported were noticeably malnourished and fatigued. They were often very sick, and their growth was stunted. However, after the little ones in one community received a daily supply of milk for a year, the difference was staggering. They had put on weight and were so much healthier and more alert. They had started to grow again, and there was life in their little eyes!

Burundian girl with milk cup

The need is enormous right now and sadly outstrips what we can supply. Recently the number of children and pregnant or nursing mothers needing help has risen substantially.

Burundian mother and baby

If you would like to help, you can sponsor a child for just £15 a month, or you can make a one-off donation here. It really will make a huge difference!

Boy in Burundi

Every little helps and every litre of milk matters!

Burundian mother and child

Thank you so much!

Burundian girl with milk bottles

More Please!

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Here are some of the 351 children we’ve been supporting. They are living in pitiful conditions in a camp for displaced people in Burundi. The highlight of their day is the arrival of milk. Each day at around 10am, each child receives a cup of freshly pasteurised milk, supplied by the Milk for Transformation enterprise. This is no luxury but a vital source of nutrition which, without a doubt, is helping to prevent malnutrition.

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There are over 250 families living in the camp and many of those have now been displaced for over 10 years. That’s 10 years of ‘existing’, of trying to survive, entrenched in poverty, robbed of dignity and with very little hope of anything ever changing. Through no fault of their own, these families haven’t had the means and opportunity to sustain themselves. They have been trying to fend for themselves but with virtually no assistance or support from anyone.  They have even become known locally as ‘the forgotten people’.

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Hope for Tomorrow Global first became involved in 2014 following a natural disaster, when severe flooding hit the city of Bujumbura, close to Lake Tanganyika. We’d heard how over 800 people had moved to a small piece of land on the outskirts of the city after they had lost their make-shift homes by the lake. We went to visit and were shocked and appalled by the conditions the families were living in.

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We immediately responded by joining with churches from the Regions Beyond network by sending food to the camp and launching a crisis appeal to provide ongoing support, but the living conditions remained atrocious. After some months, the Red Cross provided some large dormitory-style tents, which brought some improvement,  but in Burundi’s heat and tropical storms, they soon began to disintegrate. Now there are tents within tents as the families have sought to at least keep dry in the torrential rain.

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Other families are once living again in shelters built from whatever they could find; bits of cloth, cardboard, plastic and even straw. There is just one water tap for the whole camp and only 5 ‘long-drop’ toilets. Imagine what it must be like living here, day in, day out.

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We long to see these families have hope again for the future. We are committed to helping them see their dreams come true so they can leave this make-shift community and get homes of their own, but first they will need an income so they can sustain themselves. In the current climate, in the midst of the crisis in Burundi with great instability and insecurity and a collapsing economy, this is not as simple as it sounds.  Burundi is one of the poorest nations in the world and our new friends here are among the poorest of the poor. Right now, they need our love and support.

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Until such a time as our friends are able to leave the camp and rebuild their lives, we want to do all we can to ensure we help them have life inside the camp; quite literally, life! Of course, the first priority is food. The reality is, without help to get it, they could die. Tragically, some already have.

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Regions Beyond churches have continued to generously provide food. Every 4 – 6 weeks for the past 2 years a sack of maize and a bag of beans has been provided for every family, which is incredible. However, this only provides one meal a day, and for the children especially, it’s not enough to provide the nutrition needed for healthy growth and development.

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Last year, I visited our friends with Evariste, who leads the Milk for Transformation enterprise. We were utterly shocked as we gathered the children and asked their ages. The growth of many had clearly been stunted – we were told by the camp leader that the boy on the left below (with the blue cup) was 14 years old. He’s been displaced for 10 years surviving on a very poor and meagre diet. Many children were unwell and there were other clear signs of malnutrition such as thinning, orangey coloured hair, pot bellies and skin diseases. Evariste made the decision there and then to make his milk available so that every day each child would receive ½ a litre of fresh, full fat, highly nutritious milk.  This was not without risk and challenges but he did it anyway. (See Keeping the Milk Flowing)

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One year on, I’m just back from visiting our friends again. I’m delighted to report that I have seen for myself the huge difference this daily supply of milk has made to the children.  They look so much healthier, are clearly better nourished and have lots of energy! Thank you to all our supporters who donated so generously so that we could contribute towards the cost of supplying the milk each day.

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We are now at a point where we are asking for ‘More Please!’ Without the funds to buy the milk each day, this life-changing provision will have to stop. Of course, none of us want to see that happen.

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Please help! We need just £10 a month, per child, to continue to provide a daily cup of milk. That’s just £10 to prevent stunted growth, malnutrition and all the health-related and developmental issues that come with it. These children deserve better. We believe there is a better future for the children and their families out of the camp, but until that day, please help, please donate to give life. Thank you!

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Keeping the Milk Flowing in Burundi!

We have good news!


The last year has been an extremely challenging for the nation of Burundi and this has impacted the Milk for Transformation enterprise which we have heavily supported by providing equipment and cows.  It’s therefore great to be able to share the good news that Milk for Transformation is still running and now finally has a new premises to operate from, meaning fresh, pasteurised milk can be provided to hundreds of children and vulnerable people across the city of Bujumbura. Without it, they would almost certainly be severely malnourished. For some, it’s their only source of nutrition each day.

Keeping the milk flowing in the midst of the current crisis in Burundi, which has now been raging on for over 12 months, has been close to impossible at times. Yet, in the context of daily killings and over 250,000 Burundians having fled as refugees, the enterprise has continued to process around 750 litres of milk each and every day.  This is testimony to the commitment and perseverance of the team on the ground, who have risked their own safety and security at times to ensure that milk is collected from the cow owners in the rural area of Ryarusera, is taken to the city for processing and is then delivered to the most vulnerable.


Burundi’s economy has suffered badly in the past year and this has inevitably impacted milk sales. Quite simply, even though milk was being sold at the lowest price possible, the vast majority of people could not afford this ‘luxury’.  Sales plummeted from around 750 litres a day to just a few litres most days and on some days there were no sales at all.

Not only was there the possibility of the milk being wasted, but it also meant the farmers who supplied the milk risked losing their income; that’s over 400 hundred families who could have been plunged right back into poverty.  Thankfully, for the past few months, Great Lakes Outreach, a charity committed to the transformation of Burundi, just like we are, made sure this wasn’t the case. GLO purchased the milk so that the farmers were still paid for supplying their milk. The milk was then distributed daily to those who needed it most, including street kids, those sick and in hospital and to the children in the camp where Hope for Tomorrow Global has been involved for the past two years. We have also contributed towards this, recognising that the daily provision of milk is literally saving these young lives.

We look forward to the day when Milk for Transformation can become a sustainable business again but, for as long as the crisis in Burundi continues, we want to continue to support this incredible enterprise and see literally thousands benefit for this live-saving drink!

Please donate here to help keep the milk flowing!

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Odette’s Story – A Story of Hope

An update on our Burundi Crisis Appeal.

I am always amazed and inspired by our Burundian friends. They show such courage and resilience in the midst of such extreme challenges and hardships. One such example is our beautiful friend, Odette. I first met Odette in 2014, in a camp where she’d been placed following a dreadful natural disaster which destroyed her community.

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Over 100 people were killed in the disaster and thousands had lost their homes and livelihoods. For one of the poorest communities, in one of the world’s poorest nations, it was totally devastating.  However, for Odette, already a widow, it was especially tragic. She lost 5 of her 6 children in the flooding when her simple mud house was destroyed by the torrents of water, boulders and mud which cascaded through her community in the middle of the night.


I will never forget the haunting image I have in my mind of the emptiness, the hopelessness and the grief in Odette’s eyes that day; of her standing there traumatised with her one remaining daughter, Vanessa, by her side looking so lost, so alone and so afraid. How is anyone ever able to come to terms with such trauma and loss?

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I was there with a small film crew to see how we could help.  We wanted to make a short video to try and communicate what had happened. Odette shared her horrendous story with us. It was utterly overwhelming.  We then tentatively asked Odette what she hoped for when she thought of the future. In some ways this felt the most ridiculous and insensitive of questions, but she gently replied, telling us she simply wanted a safe place for her and Vanessa to live, out of the camp. She told us how she wanted to start up her business again and that she wanted to able able to send Vanessa to school. These were such basic dreams and yet she had no means of ever seeing them happen. She had nothing and no-one. The tears rolled down her cheeks. I forgot about the filming and just hugged her and silently prayed.

Overwhelmed by her desperate circumstances, we asked Odette what her business had been and she had told us it was selling tomatoes and cabbages. She needed just £30 to start it up again. To rent a small house for her and Vanessa would be around £50 a month. Just £80 was all that was needed for them to take a step towards rebuilding their destroyed lives – such a small amount, yet it would make such a difference.

Very quickly, Hope for Tomorrow Global joined with the Regions Beyond group of churches and launched a crisis appeal to provide emergency food supplies, medical care and assistance for renting homes to those who were homeless. Wherever possible, funds were also given to help families start up businesses, or replace those washed away by the floodwaters.  Of course, the very first person we helped was Odette! Within 2 weeks she and Vanessa were out of the camp.

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Three months later I returned and had the privilege of visiting Odette and Vanessa in their new home. Odette proudly showed me her mattress on the floor where she and Vanessa slept and a cooking pot and two plates laid out on the ground. She was smiling and Vanessa was chuckling away! The grief was still tangible and the journey ahead was clearly a long and painful one, but she told me that day, “I have hope again!” Vanessa was in school and they were looking forward. There was life in their eyes again.

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Within a year of the disaster, thanks to the support and generosity of all those who gave in the aftermath of the disaster all 120 families from Odette’s area who we’d assessed as being the most vulnerable and in need of support were in safe accommodation and able to provide for themselves again.

Sometimes people tell me we can’t make a difference. They tell me the needs are too great and the problems too big. They tell me there is no point. I beg to differ!  Few of us will ever go through what Odette has gone through, but she has hope; hope for today and hope for tomorrow. We can make a difference and that is why we do what we do. There is a point – transformation starts with the one!

Let’s not stop, let’s continue to show compassion and be generous and help those who need it the most to have hope for tomorrow!


Help Change Lives With Milk!

In Burundi, the Milk for Transformation enterprise is helping to bring hundreds of rural families out of poverty and in urban areas it’s providing employment and helping to reduce malnutrition by providing hundreds of families and vulnerable people with access to a low-cost source of great nutrition.

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To help change more lives we need your help!

There are many ways you can get involved:

  1. Consider donating to help us provide milk for the children of 250 displaced families we’re supporting who are currently living in horrendous conditions in a temporary camp.
  2.  Sponsor a child for just £10 a month, to supply them with milk every day.
  3. Hold a fund raising event to raise funds to help buy a cow and bring a family out of poverty.  See Udderly Amazing!
  4. Sign up to receive our newsletter  to keep up to date with news and developments.
  5. Offer your skills! We’re on the lookout for experts to help us expand and develop this enterprise. We’d love to hear from anyone who’s involved in milk processing and the dairy industry.
  6. We need some refrigerated vehicles for the safe collection and distribution of milk in Burundi’s heat. Do you have any contacts? Could you fundraise for us? Please get in touch!

Please contact us for more information on any of the above

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you so much!

Burundi Crisis Appeal

Hope for Tomorrow Global-.odette and vanessa in campHope for Tomorrow Global has been supporting the work of churches in the Regions Beyond family, part of Newfrontiers, in the wake of the horrendous flooding and landslides which devastated several communities in Feb 2014. You can read our earlier report here.

Since then a Crisis Appeal has been launched and many have given generously to help rehouse families who’d lost everything plus provide funds to help people back into work and business,  to pay medical bills and cover school fees until families can sustain themselves again. To view the appeal video please click here.

The work is ongoing; this is a long term initiative and we are committed to seeing the communities we’re working in transformed and to seeing lives change as hope is restored.

In time, once the land has stabilised, we aim to rebuild houses for families. For now they remain in rented accommodation but this is at least a big step up from the tents they were surviving in some months back.

Thank you for all your support!

If you would like to give, please donate here. 

Thank you!

Update Following the Recent Flooding in Bujumbura

Donna Bloomfield brings a report of the situation in Bujumbura, following extensive flooding which took place at the beginning of February.


I’ve just returned from Burundi, one of the world’s poorest nations where Hope for Tomorrow Global in helping bring hope and transformation. I’m there often, but this visit was not like any other.

Overnight on February 9th, Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi, was hit by 10 hours of torrential rain, resulting in horrendous flooding, landslides and mudslides. Over one hundred lives were lost that night and many hundreds more were injured – people were trapped in houses that collapsed on them, others were swept away in flood waters, many were engulfed in mud.

Huge boulders and rocks were swept down from the surrounding hills by torrents of water, carving up roads and fields, changing the landscape and destroying everything in their path. In places the scene felt almost apocalyptic, with whole areas flattened, apart from the odd remaining tree, damaged and bent over, rubbish and bits of clothing left strewn over it.

Over 1,800 homes have been totally destroyed, leaving well over 12,000 lives displaced, forced to ‘live’ in tented camps. Some are sheltering in church buildings or have moved to be with friends and relatives. Others who don’t have these options are trying to survive in shelters made from whatever can be found: branches, straw, cardboard and bits of plastic sheeting.

With our Burundian friend Evariste, I visited one of the worst affected areas, Kamenge. We spent some time in the community visiting some of the families who’d chosen to remain there, rather than being moved to one of the Red Cross camps nearby. It was a heart-wrenching visit.


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Within minutes, as we talked to a group of ladies, we were told of an especially tragic story of a neighbour – all five of this lady’s children had died when their bedroom collapsed on them. How can you comprehend such loss, so sudden, so unexpected, so tragic?

As we walked on, we were shown the remains of homes – or, often no remains, just empty spaces where houses used to be. In one place, Evariste pointed to a single mud-brick wall, the only part left standing of a family’s home. On top of the wall, hanging over the corner, filthy from the mud, was a piece of child’s clothing. “Two people died here,” he told me.

A few children left in the area began to follow us around asking us for food, telling us they were hungry, as they’d not eaten in days. Others asked us to help them continue their studies as the local school has been destroyed by the rocks and floods. Some asked for work as livelihoods have been lost also. Many asked for nothing at all, but you could see the desperation in their eyes – they seemed empty, still in shock, some clearly still traumatised. A sense of helplessness and hopelessness hung in the air.


Bringing Hope

It’s wonderful to be able to report that recently, thanks to generosity of Hope for Tomorrow Global supporters, and together with the people of Gateway Church Swindon, we have so far been able to send over £10,000 to help buy food for the most vulnerable in this community and others nearby. In some ways it’s a drop in the vast ocean of need, but to the 2,000 people who have received food so far, it’s no small thing. Over 30 tonnes of have been distributed to date.

Meanwhile, plans are being made to help support this community in Kamenge in the months and years ahead. There is ‘hope for tomorrow’ for our new friends and we want to stand with them and demonstrate the love of God to them by supporting them practically as they seek to help them rebuild not just their homes, but their lives.

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If you’d like to be involved, please sign up to receive our newsletter so you’ll be among the first to hear how you can make a difference. Thank you!

To support our friends in Burundi through Hope for Tomorrow Global and help with the rebuilding of homes and lives please donate now. Thank you.

Urgent News – Many Killed in Burundi Floods

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We are just receiving news of severe flooding in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital city. Many have been killed and many more are feared to be trapped under collapsed buildings. 

For more information please see: BBC News report

We are in touch with Evariste, who we are working with, to find out how best we can best respond to help and support those in crisis. We will update you as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you would like to donate to help those affected by the floods please click HERE.


Thank you.