One of the poorest countries on earth, most people in rural Burundi walk over two miles for untreated water from streams and puddles, often shared with livestock. Illness from waterborne infections is high, and a major factor in limiting access to education and economic stability. Through clean water projects, the Gazelle Foundation is offering a first step in breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in Burundi. In 2016, the Gazelle Foundation celebrated 10 years of transforming lives in Burundi. With your support, we have completed more than 30 projects, provided more than 65,000 people with daily access to clean water, and laid over 90 miles of hand trenched pipeline. The videos below help tell our story.
Our goal is to transform the lives of Burundians by providing access to clean water. An oft-forgotten country in central east Africa, landlocked by Tanzania, Rwanda and Congo and without an abundance of natural resources for western countries, Burundi annually sits atop the “poorest in the world” graph. The infant mortality rate hovers near 20 percent (1 in 5 children don’t reach the age of 5) and waterborne illnesses are the greatest inhibitor to progress for daily life.
Narrated by co-founder Gilbert Tuhabonye, the below video debuted at the 6th Annual Spring for the Water in April 2015.
In 2014, we put together a series of five videos highlighting the transformation seen in individuals and communities. To join us in continuing to make a life-changing impact,make a donation today.
Prior to 2013, the students of Kabogabo Primary and Secondary walked down the side of a mountain during school to get water from a river. Now, clean access is just 10 yards away from the classroom.