Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over 80 percent of the population lives below the income poverty line. About 88 percent live on less than $2 per day.
It is estimated that 70 percent of the people in Burundi are undernourished. Almost 13 percent of babies die before their first birthdays, and 20 percent die before the age of five. Life expectancy is just over 50 years.
Burundi is also among the smallest countries in Africa, located in east central Africa and bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. It has had a tumultuous and tragic past, with an ethnic war resulting in the death of over 300,000 people, and over one million displaced.
The majority of primary schools lack drinkable water and adequate sanitation facilities. Only seven percent of children attend secondary school, mainly because they are removed from school during harvest season to help their parents in the field.
But with help, there is hope, and every little bit of help counts!