During Christian Aid Week 2021, support from the Isle of Man benefited unemployed young people in Burundi, providing agricultural education, tools and support, to create profitable agribusinesses and sustainable, thriving livelihoods.
In Burundi, 27.7% of young people, up to the age of 35 years old are unemployed. Unemployment fuels frustration and unrest, putting young people at risk of exploitation, political manipulation and economic migration.
The focus project for Christian Aid Week 2021 was a pilot project, working with 150 young people in Rumonge (South Burundi).
The project was a youth led agricultural initiative, providing irrigation, basic agricultural equipment and hybrid greenhouse/polytunnels, growing edible crops including onions, tomatoes and aubergines. After being trained by our local partners, a cooperative was formed, enabling the beneficiaries to enhance benefits and profits from working together.
Your support also enabled the provision of business support, training and saving and loan schemes to enable these young people to build successful and thriving enterprises. The project also focused strongly on gender equality, educating the wider community.
By supporting this project, Manx supporters gifted these young people a powerful and precious life changing opportunity, which would not otherwise be possible.
Thank you for your incredible generosity and for all the lives you have touched.