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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.

AFED Project 2019 - 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.

In year 2019 DBD organised climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds to financially support these children. 10.000,00- EU was raised. See images in our gallery here.

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.

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Events

2021: online event " Art talk" with burundian artists....May- June - Read More

Cultural event " Art talk"

This year’s fundraising event will be in collaboration with Burundian artistes, authors, a culinary chef, brewer, photograph and journalists.

The goal of the events is to celebrate and bask in our Burundian culture, remember and remind people of what is good about our beloved Burundi, while raising funds for the most destitute children in Burundi.

The main targeted audience is all Burundians especially the Diaspora. The message we hope to get through is:

  • We have much to celebrate. Burundi is not all about war and destruction. We have an amazing culture: Music, film, food, fashion, paintings, writers etc… and all Burundians share it.
  • The difference between the diaspora and the kids we are raising funds for is opportunity! Every kid can achieve his/ her full potential given the opportunity. The artists taking part in the events are a perfect example.
  • We (the Diaspora) can help our own. You don’t have to do politics, activism, fight a war to make a huge difference at home. A simple gesture like taking part in this event will give opportunities to the poorest children, could change a community, a whole village, town and maybe Burundi one day.
  • We are promoting our artists, who are putting Burundi on a map and shining a light on our culture, telling our story / stories.

 

The events are a series of interviews over a period of 8 weeks, on Saturday evenings

 

15 May 2021 Bahaga interview by Bob Rugurika.

Bahaga has uploaded his music on Spotify, Tidal, AppleMusic, TikTok etc… and give the proceeds of the downloads to the fundraising. DBD will encourage as many as possible to download Bahaga’s music.

 

22 May 2021 Interview with Joseph Bitamba by Danny Mbesherubusa

It will a film evening. Joseph will donate “Le Metis” for viewing online against a fee to help the fundraising

 

29 May 2021 Conversation between Antoine Kaburahe and Aloys Niyoyita.

We will the promote books for sale to help raise funds

 

05 June 2021 Interview with Teddy Mazina. All about Photography

Sales of his photos will help raise funds for our charity.

 

12 June 2021 Exquisite dining in your own home with Claude Bigayimpuzi

We will see Claude prepare a whole menu for a fine evening with Burundian food.

Sales of the recipes will help raise funds.

 

19 June 2021 Art in our homes. A conversation about fashion and painting with Turuso.

Sales of items will help raise funds.

 

There will also be interviews with a sport personality, a beer brewer, and last but not least a charity worker based in Bujumbura. Dates and times will be communicated nearer the time.

There will also be regular updates about the various events on different media platforms.

Come and join us online, you will really enjoy it.

Our Guests - Read More

 

Whom who has an interrest in supporting us and our cause financially, can contribute via Pay Pal - any amount will be highly appriciated.

 

Other ways to contribute financially:

Bank:
BIC/Swift MISPDK21, Account nr.0758 3231646
Mobilpay:
26601667

 

2019: fundraising accounting

2019: use of remaining collected funds

 

VENUE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER...

 

Best regards,

Diane Ndayishimiye - Chairwoman

Email: [email protected]

Sonia Kabwa - Vice Chairwoman

Email: [email protected]

Elsy Mucikire - Secretary

Email: [email protected]

Aimée Justine Nkurunziza - Treasurer

Email: [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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