The landlocked country of Burundi is abundant in minerals and agricultural exports, and rich in culture. Unfortunately the region is scarred by war, civil conflict, and systemic poverty.
The horrific Gatumba massacre in 2004 ravaged communities and scattered the people, displacing children who didn’t know what to do or where to go. Congolese children found themselves orphaned and stateless, fleeing to neighboring countries, such as Burundi, with no identification or passports.
Due to government regulations, children in Burundi cannot be adopted out. HOPE has focused time and resources in a number of areas to support these children, including residential care programs and scholarships for youth.