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.