Burundi's civil war, which lasted from 1993 - 2005, left 300,000 dead and displaced over one million people.
The refugees returned to Burundi to rebuild their homes and livelihoods, but the country still faces tremendous challenges. Burundi is among the poorest countries in the world, ranked 180 out of 187 countries in the 2014 Human Development Index. Fifty-eight percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition, and onne out of every ten children in Burundi dies before the age of five from a preventable disease. Over 80% of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day.
World Relief partners with local churches to rehabilitate communities and empower the most vulnerable to rebuild their nation. Programs focus on mobilizing the church and increasing the community's health through Care Groups responding to malnutrition and disease. In addition, these programs are providing sustainable financial services and enhancing agriculture production, resulting in both increased income and nutritional value.