Our Liaison Representative went on an interactive outreach mission to Burundi on 24th September 2021. It is important to note that Burundi, according to the World Population Review is ranked among the lowest countries in terms of the GDP, with a per capita index of $771, which when compared to the World’s richest, Luxembourg with a value of $118,356 leaves a lot to be thought of. The small country of about 11.8 million people bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda and the great Lake Tanganyika has a very interesting history and landscape; with rich mineral and agricultural resources but unfortunately, constant periodic conflicts which have plagued its development since the 1970s. Despite all this, the country has a very visionary and peace-loving population, whose only limitation is lack of exposure, good platforms and support for expansion.
Upon arrival in Bujumbura, Elias Siboniyo, founder of the Community Outreach of Burundi (COB) and an active WFAD member, welcomed the Liaison together with a delegation. On September 26th, the team headed to the West side of the Capital in Manda where COB has community empowerment initiatives, including making building bricks for sale to the construction industry. Other initiatives include fish and poultry farming, traditional fabric making as well as greening and waste management projects in schools. After a mentorship session, a football match with youth vulnerable to drugs was launched.
On September 27th, the Liaison Representative met with other partners working alongside COB in the fields of youth, drug abuse and crime prevention, education support, girls/women empowerment among others. Several organisations met and shared their interventions, opportunities, challenges, etc. with each other. The East African Network was discussed and presented.
Support for School Mentorship, Kajiado
The Liaison Office in Nairobi commemorated the International Day against Drug Abuse on the 26th June, through one of the WFAD partners operating in Nairobi, Jane Mwangi. Together with her organization Unheard Voices Afrika, a community-based organization working with women, children, and youth, sessions with High Schools in Kajiado County were organized, a region in Kenya best known for the traditional lifestyles of the native inhabitants. The ultimate goal was to promote education, protect, and promote rights of vulnerable groups, women, children, and youth while advocating on matters relating to mental health, early teenage pregnancy, FGM Drug and Substance abuse in schools.
Hosting Ethiopia’s Assegeid
On September 15-17th, Assegeid Nguse from Ethiopia, one of the aspiring WFAD member who hosted the team in the last visit at his Bridge Vocational Training College in Ethiopia, paid the Liaison Office a courtesy and learning visit. Being a visionary Educa-preneur with a passion for youths in his country to become self-reliant and also promote National Development, he wanted to learn more about International Networking as a platform for more opportunities. He also got the opportunity to interact with local groups and share his experiences and the situations of his country.