Great News For Children in Burundi!
Miracles occur in all different shapes and sizes. CHRF Donors have been providing miracles for children in need for years by helping to provide a meal, a home, a family, an education and most important of all, a reason to hope that their lives will continue to get better because of the love and generosity of people like our CHRF Donors and team. This week Children’s Hunger Relief Fund is excited to announce that we will be helping 100 Children in Burundi go to school to receive a priceless education for the 2012-2013 School year! Why Burundi? After helping the children find the support they needed in the past to attend school our hearts broke to hear the children’s stories of how desperate they are for an education, and how desperate the situation truly is: In His letter our exceptional Team Leader Wrote to us: “My heart breaks when speaking with some of these beautiful children, One student confessed to me how she and her two sisters share one school uniform. This means that she could only attend class every third day, when it was her turn to wear the uniform. “It was hard to keep up with the class and my other classmates when I was missing so many days of instruction each month,” she lamented. Another boy told me how his family was blessed enough to live close to a school, and he was able to find schoolbooks. But when the monsoon season came, there was no dry place to put his books and papers because they lived in a grass hut, so the rains ruined them all. He was unable to afford a new set and could no longer attend school. Many of the children told me how they could not focus on their school lessons because they would go days without eating and their stomachs throbbed with pain. Now however they will have enough food to sustain them through their days at school! About Burundi: Burundi is a small country nestled in the heart of Africa, sitting along Lake Tanganyika near its neighbors, Congo and Rwanda. The United Nations often ranks Burundi among the poorest nations of the world, usually it is noted as the third poorest country on the globe. In Batwa villages you will find many children, but few students. It is a reminder that education is still one of the largest hurdles on the horizon for the Batwa. Too often families cannot afford school fees; let alone uniforms, books and supplies that are required for each student. But the tide is turning for one small community of 30 Batwa families in Matara. Sponsored by Children’s Hunger Relief Fund, families in this village are getting a chance at a better life, and that includes education for their children The 100 children of Matara have been enrolled in the school and are set to begin in September. The children will be able to walk to school, have enough food to sustain them, and even a dry place for their books. This time they will have a real chance at success in school. Thank you to all of our generous Children’s Hunger Relief Fund Donors, Friends & Team for helping stories of hope like this one come true!