Missions Support to Burundi

Campaign Created by: Brett Stortroen
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Goal : $6,000

Raised : $150

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Proposed Goal for Missions Work in
Mwaro Province in Central Burundi:


To construct an education center that teaches different practical courses like - agribusiness, computer proficiency, savings/loans, and trade craft skills. The center will also have an adjacent chapel where the community can gather and pray ( beneficiaries: retired soldiers, orphans, widows, children, very poor people).

The goal of this funding campaing is to begin the stage 1 phase of the project - to purchase the land needed to build the learning center. 

An excerpt from Barrons in 2021 ranking Burundi as #1 poorest nation in the world:

The small landlocked country of Burundi, scarred by Hutu-Tutsi ethnic conflict and civil war, has the rather unenviable distinction of topping the world’s poverty ranking. With about 90% of its nearly 12 million citizens relying on subsistence agriculture (and the overwhelming majority of them living on $1.25 a day or less) food scarcity is a major concern: the level of food insecurity is almost twice as high as the average for sub-Saharan African countries. Furthermore, access to water and sanitation remains very low, and less than 5% of the population has electricity. All these problems, needless to say, have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Burundi is in dire need for aid. This project will assist the people to achieve the skills needed to live and prosper. With the current governmental situation it is much more productive to initiate private aid such as through this project.

Ntakirutimana Leonidas will act as the agent on site to initiate and maintain the project. He has been a long time acquaintance of mine since my third mission trip to Africa in 1992. 

Leonidas also has a registered aid agency in Burundi:
Communication Centre for Traumatized People, Burundi.

Leonidas is from Bujumbura, Burundi. He has extensive education and experience in Christian ministry and foreign aid work. Leonidas is also fluent in 4 languages (Kirundi, French, English, Kiswahili). He wishes to initiate this aid program as principle agent in Mwaro Province of central Burundi.

I am adding Leonidas' resume below to show his legit credentials in previous aid work. 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

2006-2007 - Public  National  University of Ireland,  Dublin Ireland M. Phil. in International Peace Studies

1997-2000 Daystar University, Nairobi. Kenya, BA in Communications and Community Development

1990-1992 Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College (NPBC), Nairobi, Kenya - Diploma

1982-1986 Institut de Théologie Evangélique de Mweya (ITEM), Gitega, Burundi - Diploma

1973-1982 Ecole Primaire de Rwintare, Mwaro Province, Burundi - Certificate

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Organization   : International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title          : Community Services (Sercom)
Duration          : From December 1st 2019 to January 30th 2020

Organisation   : Commission Vérité et Réconciliation (CVR)
Job Title          : Data Analyst
Duration          : From July 15th to November 9th 2018

Organization   : UNHCR
Job Title          : Assistant Interpreter
Duration          : From March 28th, 2013 to 30 November 2013
Job Title          : Church Integration Officer

Organization   : World Relief International Burundi
Duration          : From December, 1st 2011 to 30 November 2012
Job Title          : Project Coordinator in Cankuzo Province, Burundi.

Organization   : World Vision International Burundi
Duration          : From November 2009 up to June 30th 2010
Job Title          : Area Development Programme (ADP) Team Leader in Rutegama: Muramvya Province.

Organization   : World Vision International Burundi
Duration          : From June 2008 to November 2009
Job Title          : Peace and Reconciliation Field Coordinator

Organization  : World Vision International Burundi
Duration          :  February 2006 to September 2006
Job title           : Legal Representative (volunteer)

Organization   : Communication Centre for Traumatized People
Duration          : August 2003 to September 2006
Job title           : Agent & Communications Consultant (Several Consultancies).

Organization   : Transcultural Psycho-Social Organization and Mental Health (TPO), Burundi.
Duration          : March 2003 – August 2004
Job title           : Project Manager (Kayanza Province) [handover of project from British NGO Tearfund].

Organization   : African Revival Ministries, Burundi.
Duration          :  March 2001-May 2005

 

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