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Ghyslaine is the eldest of a family of 5 children in Rutegama, in Gitega commune, Gitega... Read more
Lauraine was born 13 years ago in Gitega, on Bihororo Hill in Giheta. She lives today... Read more
Jovithe was born on June 15, 2004 in Kinama in Buyengero, the Province of Rumonge. She became... Read more
Floriane, the fourth of 7 children, was born in 2001. She comes from an extremely poor family in... Read more
Nadine is currently in the 9th grade. She is from the Bururi Province, Mugamba Commune,... Read more
Ghyslaine is the eldest of a family of 5 children in Rutegama, in Gitega commune, Gitega Province. She is an orphan of father. Her family lives in extreme poverty so she cannot access health care. When her mother gave birth to triplets, one of the babies died because she could not afford to nourish him. A solidarity group then had mercy on Ghyslaine and helped her by giving her school kits. Although she has to help her mother with the housework, Ghyslaine always succeeded with very good grades. She finished the 6th grade with a score of 86.6%.
Seeing the poverty of her family, despite her brilliant academic achievements, Ghyslaine had decided to leave school to find work as a domestic worker in the neighborhoods of the urban center of Gitega to help her mother. She knew that her mother could not afford to pay for her high school.
The solidarity group, which helped her with the school kits, referred her to the Matana Reference School "Amie des enfants." When her candidacy was approved, Ghyslaine's mother had a hard time believing it. She wanted, in her poverty, to accompany her daughter to Matana to see this place that would welcome her daughter. She then asked for a small credit to her solidarity group to pay for her bus ticket and she worked for 15 days cultivating the land for the neighbours.
Ghyslaine is grateful to the Reference School "Amie des enfants" of Matana, which gave her the opportunity to have a better education and allowed her mother to see the importance of integrating a solidarity group. Today, Ghyslaine is a fulfilling child because she knows that her mother is able to take care of her brothers and sisters. She loves to pray and get knowledge by reading books.See the project Close
Lauraine was born 13 years ago in Gitega, on Bihororo Hill in Giheta. She lives today with her maternal aunt Bukuru who is the twin sister of her mother Butoyi. Butoyi got married before Bukuru and two weeks after the birth of Lauraine, she died. His father then became mentally ill.
Once in the mourning, Bukuru found Lauraine's father giving hot water to a two-week-old baby because he had nothing else to feed her. Bukuru then took care of her. When getting married, she took Lauraine to raise her.
At school, Lauraine was hardworking. She was often in charge of the house, which prevented her from going to school. Despite this, she had good grades in the 6th. But as her aunt could not afford high school, the solidarity group, which supported her schooling for two years and that her aunt integrated for a year, sent Lauraine to the Reference School of Matana "Amie des enfants," in 2017.
She finished the 7th grade with a score of 62.9%. Lauraine is proud and grateful to attend the Matana Reference School. She thanks the FVS-AMADE Burundi who is always helping her and the people who sponsor her to have access to a better education. She loves prayer and wants to become a sister.See the project Close
Jovithe was born on June 15, 2004 in Kinama in Buyengero, the Province of Rumonge. She became orphaned in 2008. After her father's death, her mother became mental ill. Jovithe and her mother lived in a small hut and her paternal uncle fed them. Jovithe took care of all the housework, also worked in the fields with the help of her young neighbours. But despite the precariousness in which she lives, she still manages to be the first in her class. A solidarity group, which followed her in her schooling, referred her to the Matana Reference School.
When she arrived at school, Jovithe was anxious and worried about leaving her mother without any other help. She asked another person who could help her mother so she could calm down. In November 2017, when she just arrived at school, Jovithe's mother passed away. Returning home for the Christmas holidays, Jovithe's mother was no longer at home and her uncle purposely concealed the sad news, saying that he could not inform Jovith about the death because it occurred during the 1st quarter examination period.
Jovithe had a psychological shock and felt guilty for leaving the mother alone to live in the boarding school. It took her time to accept it but with the psychological and moral support she received at school, she is now serene and has resumed the course of her life.
She continues to have very good grades at school. She is now in Grade 9 and is now part of the students who were an immersion trip in English language in Uganda in July 2018.See the project Close
Floriane, the fourth of 7 children, was born in 2001. She comes from an extremely poor family in Matana commune, Gasibe area, Ntega hill. Her mother, who is mentally ill, lived a life of wandering. Her father is poor and has a small farmland behind the house, which is not enough for his family's needs. After the 6th year, Floriane succeeded with a good grade and was sent to the Reference School "Amie des Enfants," which means friend of children in English, in 2014, by "Abatiteragira," a solidarity group that has always supported the girl in her schooling.
When she arrived at the Reference School of Matana, Floriane was a sad student. At school, the director, who is a psychologist, as well as the supervisors, have done their best to improve her situation. But she was missing the presence and the affection of her mother. The FVS-AMADE Burundi then decided to have Floriane's mother treated. A place in a psychiatric hospital was released, but it was difficult to find the patient. She spent a month in the hospital and is in better health now. Floriane is delighted and grateful to have found her mother.
Her academic performance has improved thanks to the support of the various stakeholders, the comfort, and the support offered by the school. She enjoys studying and, in her spare time, she is a member of the school's Protestant choir.See the project Close
Nadine is currently in the 9th grade. She is from the Bururi Province, Mugamba Commune, Nyagasasa Hill.
She lives with her mother and four brothers. When her father died, her grandfather wanted to marry her mother, but the mother did not want to. Then her grandfather drove them out of her father's property. The neighbours had mercy on her family. They built them a small hut where they all live together, with their goats and sheep. Nadine's family found itself without arable land, hence its vulnerability. To feed the family, her mother works cultivating for the neighbours or rendering them other services. In return, she earns 1 Euro per day or receives 1Kg of beans.
"When I enrolled in the Reference School of Matana, I was not comfortable leaving my family. I always wondered how my mother alone would be able to feed my brothers. I was always worried."
But over time, she has been able to adapt and is determined to study hard so that one day she can change the conditions of her family.See the project Close