Jeunesse au Service d’un Burundi Meilleur ●  An empowered and active youth


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We Have a Dream

We are so excited to present to you all our vision of the future for the NANJE NOBAHO Center – Buterere. Building this center is one of our biggest milestones and with your generous support, we can bring it to life and allow everyone, most importantly children, in the community of Buterere to have a safe space where they can play, learn and build a better future.

Our mission is to construct the Bujumbura’s premier community center for protecting children’s rights, empowering youth and women and promoting gender equality across the educational system and employability spectrum. A building right in the heart of Buterere where we are already supporting children and empowering the next generation of young leaders.

Our Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, Let’s Talk about It.

Official launch, Thursday February 2, of the new Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Club (SDSR) at the NANJE NOBAHO center of JSBM located in Buterere with a view to raising awareness, training, informing and also discussing comprehensive education on sexuality.


According to the 2016-2017 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), 8% of girls aged 15-19 have already started their reproductive life, 6% are already mothers and 2% are pregnant. This situation reveals the precocity of fertility in Burundi.

By setting, the causes of this situation, there is a lack of access to information in SDSR following socio-cultural barriers around sexuality. We will cite without limitation the taboo aspect of young people’s sexuality and the lack of parent-child dialogue around their lives in relation to SDSR, hence the urgency and the need for this club. at the Nanje Nobaho Center which is frequented by many young teenagers.

We appreciate Mrs. Grâce-Françoise Nibizi, Founder and Executive Director of Sacodé who joined us to share her experience in menstrual health and hygiene and donated a box of washable and reusable sanitary napkins “Agateka”, manufactured and produced by Sacodé, after demonstration.

These ceremonies were also enhanced by the presence of delegates from the Ministry of Health, the Head of the Buterere zone, the Library Without Borders in Burundi, the Mouvement Action des Jeunes (MAJ-ABUBEF) and those of Share Net Burundi who all testified to the usefulness of the existence of such a club in the community of Buterere.

Basic to advanced sewing course for beginners at NANJE NOBAHO Center

Nanje Nobaho Center is offering through the INKINGI Program a training workshop to women from Buterere on the foundation of sewing skills and get the confidence to sew garments and other projects by the end of the course. 

What they are learning are:

– The fundamentals of sewing, understand their sewing machine, different sewing feet, thread tension on the sewing machine;

– Different skills, like sewing a button, seams, corners, curves, panels, darts and pleats;

– How to sew 4 different kind of zips, welt pocket, bias binding curve and V neck lines, button placket and buttonhole.

We take this opportunity to deeply appreciate the donation of the sewing machines and the blackboard from PPSM which is helping a lot to deliver this sewing training.


Official opening of the NANJE NOBAHO canteen in Buterere as part of the “Improving Well-being and Access to Education of Children” project supported by Street Child UK and Fondazione MUSEKE Onlus this last Friday, on January 20th.

This project comes at the right time because food insecurity is a major barrier for the well-being of children, including their access to education. Rates of out of school children in Buterere are on the rise, children still in school are at risk of dropping out, hunger being one of the first push factors. Children with an empty stomach don’t have the energy to follow lessons, and, as food insecurity touches the whole household, are often obliged to leave school to go look for an income, as a child laborer, doing petty trade or as a beggar.

The goal of this food program is io improve the well-being and access to education of 100 children in Buterere, through socio-economic empowerment of 53 families and psychosocial assistance.

Let’s note that the ceremonies were honored by the presence of delegates from the Ministry of Solidarity and Social Affairs, Human Rights and Gender and the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, the representative of Street Child in Burundi and the Secretary of the Buterere district.

Segal Family Foundation For Climate Action in Buterere

Supported by the Segal Family Foundation, the Nanje Nobaho Center, created by JSBM since 2020, mentors young people who are carrying out unprecedented climate action in the locality of Buterere.

Arclaine Hashimwiyaturagiye and her friends make different styles of furniture and decoration from plastic waste. Here are the photos of ecological furniture to protect our environment and satisfy our furniture and decoration needs for our living rooms.


Transformed from plastic waste, these pieces of furniture represent an effective recycling solution and a revolution in our fight against climate change.

According to Ndayikurungikiye Fabrice, one of the young environmental activists at the NANJE NOBAHO center, “For some, plastic is waste; but for me, it’s a resource. At JSBM, I learned to turn problems into opportunities.”

t is our hope that the more the younger generation takes an interest in issues related to their daily lives and affecting their future as global citizens, the more positive changes there will be through their actions.

Visit of the Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Burundi to the NANJE NOBAHO Center

On October 3, we were honored and pleased to welcome Mrs Karin Ehlert, Public Affairs Officer from the US Embassy in Burundi at NANJE NOBAHO Center – Buterere.

It was a moment of mutual exchange with inspiring stories to work towards a better future and build together our community.

Empowering Youth Together

On August 24, JSBM organized a workshop to introduce the HI (Hub Inspiration) concept and the BD & OASP approaches to the supervising teachers appointed by the 6 partner schools as part of the “Empowering Youth Together” project which it will execute in partnership with KIYO for the next 5 years.

The creation of HIs and the establishment of structures within HIs are important steps that mark the effective start of activities within schools. A few weeks before the start of the school year, it became necessary to bring together all the HI supervising teachers for a presentation session of the “Empowering Youth Together” project and the BD & OASP approaches before the creation of the HI.

As for the rest, stay tuned for more information about the HI concept and the BD & OASP approaches.



JSBM alongside other KIYO partner organizations participated in the official launch of the “Empowering Youth Together” program organized by KIYO with funding from Direction Générale de la Coopération au Dévelopment, Kingdom of Belgium.

“This [5-year] program was above all designed, in line with the orientations of the government through its national plans and policies, to contribute to providing solutions to the challenges faced by children and the youth in our country”, announced the Country Representative of KIYO Burundi, Sandrine Sangwe.



On Thursday, October 12, JSBM started the activities of the Hubs of Inspiration (HI) at the Lycée Sainte Famille de Kinama where each structure of the two HIs is composed of 25 members.

To promote learning and improve the creative process, various tools such as games, books, magazines and comics have been made available to members to energize the HIs.


On October 18, KIYO Burundi paid us a field visit at Lycée Sainte Famille de Kinama to assess our progress since the activities of the Inspiration Hubs kicked off.

Practically, Inspiration Hubs are a creative and dynamic space created by JSBM in 6 schools (3 in Bujumbura Mairie, Ntahangwa commune and 3 in Bujumbura, Kabezi commune) where young members are called to unleash their potential and use their energy to express their personalities through their talents.

Note that this visit is part of the “Empowering Youth Together” project that JSBM is implementing in partnership with KIYO through the DGD 2022-2026 programme.

The “Empowering Youth Together” project funded by KIYO continues in the province of Bujumbura where a selection test was passed last week at Lycée Communal Kabezi, Lycée Communal Migera and Ecofo Nyamugari to form 6 HI structures (Inspiration Hub), counting each 25 members. According to the project, each school will host two Inspiration Hubs to give enough opportunity to students from those respective schools.

What do Children’s Rights Mean To You?

Ending the week dedicated to children’s rights in accordance with the celebration of the World Children’s Day this year at NANJE NOBAHO Center, 5 children presented 5 drawings expressing what “Children’s Rights” mean for them this last Saturday.

The illustration on the 2 slide won the first prize; then, slide 3 and 4 won respectively, the second and the third prize. Congratulations to our winners for becoming the voice of the Buterere children and inspiring us.

An Eco-friendly Canteen for Children in Buterere

In partnership with Street Child Burundi and MUSEKE, JSBM through NANJE NOBAHO Center has chosen to build a canteen for 100 seats, allowing the arrangement of rectangular tables for a meal in a service at table as part of the “Improving Well-being and Access to Education of children in Buterere” project. The goal is to improve children’s school attendance by offering nutritious daily meals that help children stay healthy and full of energy. These meals also help reduce household costs for vulnerable families, and the pressure on children to assist in generating income, what will keep more children in school.

This eco-friendly construction will be annexed to the NANJE NOBAHO Center in order to allow easy access from inside the center. The work of the canteen is progressing rapidly. The schedule is contained thanks to good site monitoring. One particular thing about this construction is that we have taken into consideration the climate action. The construction is done with #plasticbottles to protect our environment. As JSBM has taken the lead in plastic waste recycling, the construction of the canteen was once again an opportunity to demonstrate our efforts and our will in the sense of fighting climate change.

To date, the structural work is not finished yet but the exteriors will begin to take shape rather on mid-December.

Shika Award 2022 Is All About Recycling Plastic Waste

Thrilled!!! Again we are so excited for Hashimwiyaturagiye Arclaine on her achievement during the SHIKA Award 2022.

Her project about eliminating plastic waste by recycling them into beautiful products of art and fighting climate change at the same time has won the 3rd place in the competition.

Arclaine is the leader of a team of 10 young people supervised by JSBM through the NANJE NOBAHO Center at Buterere.

Announcement. Welcome ! JSBM is changing soon to Youth For the Community