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DBD Burundian Diaspora in Denmark

Burundi is a country in the central Africa, in the Great Lake region. It is bordered by Rwanda to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lake Tanganyika to the west and Tanzania to the east and south.
The country has a rich cultural and social history. The written history is mostly about the colonial and postcolonial periods.

Burundi is unfortunately also known for its political instability spanning decades and for being one of the poorest countries in the world. It has however overcome the bloodiest 10 year civil war in 2005 and has laid the framework, though still fragile, of democracy and development.

About us

We are a group of Burundians living in Denmark who have formed an organization through which we can strengthen and maintain our cultural bond within Denmark, while promoting a link with the Danish society and culture.

We also seek partnership with other Burundian diasporas mainly based in Europe, particularly in Scandinavia. We support developmental efforts in Burundi through projects for children education, health, poverty reduction and protection of human rights.

It is also a forum where others in Denmark can come in contact with us and learn about the Burundian culture.

We have existed as an organization since 2017.

Projects

One of the biggest developmental challenges in Burundi is the lack of access to education for many children, due to poverty. There is also a large number of war refugees, many of whom are children, still living in neighbouring countries under adverse life circumstances.

ARS Project 2014- 2017 - Read More

Class of 2016Through established local projects DBD supports their efforts towards children education and development by raising and sending funds.

Between 2014 og 2017 DBD (then known as FASHA) supported a local organisation called ARS (Association pour la Réhabilitation des Sinistrés). The civil war produced many internally displaced families who have lost their homes. Most of these families children are unable to continue their education due to extreme poverty. ARS main objective is to help internally displaced children get an education and ensure their development and re-integration in society.

DBDs contribution was financial support to ARS by raising funds to cover school fees for a group of 59 children aged between 5 and 17 years for a 3-year period.

Project 2019: Opportunity for all - Read More

Opportunity for all

These children were born and raised in shelters that used to be pig stables near the capital. Due to poor ressources they have no access to education or to basic needs of living. They live in a parallel society within the local community. 

DBD has committed itself to lift these 12 kids (between 8 and 11 years old) and their families out of poverty and help their integration in the local community by rehousing and insuring their education.

This is being done through direct contributions, fundraising and partnership with local communities in Bujumbura (Burundi), such as AFED (Association des Femmes pour l'Education des Demunis) giving these children opportunities for a better future.

This year DBD is organising climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds to financially support these children. See details under "Events".

Anne Muhimpundu
Anne Muhimpundu is 9 years old. She was orphaned at 2 years old. She was taken in by a lady who herself has no permanent accommodation.
Bedia Igiraneza
Bedia Igiraneza is 10 years old. Her mother was still in primary school when she had Bedia. She gave up school to take care of Bedia.
Kelcy uwiteka is one of 5 siblings. She is the oldest. Her mother was 13 years old when she had Kelcy. She had to give up school to look after Kelcy and her siblings.
Bernice Uwiteka
Bernice Uwiteka is 9 years old being raised by a young single mother. There isn't always food on the table.
Chancele Batungwanayo
Chancele Batungwanayo is 8 years old. She has poor school attendance due to a skindisease. She cannot afford medical care, and on a bad day the symptoms prevent her from attending school
Chanella Gateka
Chanella Gateka is 8 years old. She was abandoned by her teen mother and was raised by her aunt for a short period of time, before being taken in by a distant relative
Dan Lord Iteriteka
Dan Lord Iteriteka is 9 years old. She is one of 6 children. Her family can sometimes afford one meal a day. This affects her school performance, which is poor.
Davide Uwizeye
Davide Uwizeye is 9 years old. Due to domestic violence, his mother left him with his dad, who could not raise David and his brother. They were taken in by friends of the mother who were themselves "internally displaced" by civil unrest.
Egide Twagirimana
Egide Twagirimana is 9 years old and the youngest in a family of 8 children. Despite challenging social circumstances, he is doing well in school and growing as he should.
Leilla Iradukunda
Leilla Iradukunda is 10 years old and the youngest of 4 children. She was raised by a single mother, who gave her up due to lack of resources . Leilla is undernourished and small for her age.
Ornella Uwimana
Ornella Uwimana is 10 years old. She has suffered bouts of kwashiorkor due to poor nutrition. She is currently healthy and attending school.
Shella Ndayikengurukiye
Shella Ndayikengurukiye is 11 years old and in poor health. She often misses school due to illness and part of the problem is that her parents can not always afford medications.

Support us

Events

Climbing Kilimanjaro in 2019 - Contribute Financially

You can also contribute financially by donating to this bank account directly: 0758 3231364616 (Middelfart Sparkasse)

You can be part of the climbing team or give a donation to participants. 

Clik on this link for more details.

Be a participant

Requirements and expectations

As part of the climbing team you are committing yourself to raise money for the cause. There is no amount requirement for the funds to be raised, but it is expected that each participant can raise a minimum amount equivalent to 5.000 danish kroner (approx.760 USD)

There are places for 15 participants and you can apply by email us: [email protected]. It is on a first come first served basis. It is strongly recommended that you are in good health before undertaking the climb. Details and requirements for travelling to Tanzania will be given to you when we receive your application form and you have committed to taking part. The application form is not binding.

The climbing will to take place in the last week of October and it will be a 8 day expedition (form October 27th to November 3rd 2019). That includes one overnight stay in Moshi on the day of arrival, 1 overnight stay before the day of departure and 6 days on the mountain. See below for more details.

 

 

Training, equipment and fundraising.

As part of the climbing team, it is your own responsibility to get the relevant equipment, to keep yourself healthy and in good shape and to raise funds.

There will be an opportunity to get in touch with the other participants. The organisers will create a closed facebook group where information about the trip, training, fundraising, equipment etc..will be shared and exchanged.

Additional information will be added as the final planning come to a close. 

You are also welcomed to contact the organisers by email regarding any question. Just fill in the contact form below.

 

Costs

Climbing Kilimanjaro will cost 1600 USD per person. The price includes:

Entry fee, Camping fees, Rescue fees, Two nights at a hotel/ bed and breakfast before and after the climb, Transport from and to the airport, transport from the hotel/bed abd breakfast to the climb site, 3 meals for everyday of the climb, salary for the crew (Guides, cook and porters), cooking equipments, oxygen for emergency only.

 

 

The price does not include the return ticket to Tanzania, extra personal needs (such as energy drinks, energy bars) or tips to the crew.

The organisers will arrange all the above and they will be the point of contact between the participants and the climbing crew in Tanzania.

 

 

Every participant will be expected to buy their own return ticket to Tanzania. The organisers need to be informed of every participant time of arrival and departure, so that transport from and to the airport can be arranged in advance.

Has this somehow caught Your interest, or do You have any questions please contact us: [email protected]

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us for further information, to provide some feedback, give us suggestions, or to just say hello! 

Burundian Diaspora in Denmark (DBD), Skovvangsvej 166, 2. th. 8200 Aarhus N, Email: [email protected]

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