Number of People Served: 36,256

Burundi, one of the poorest countries on the globe, has experienced many years of war and ethnic conflict. This violence and persecution has caused hundreds of thousands of people to be displaced from their homes, including 57,000 internally displaced people. 

Our Work in Burundi

JRS Burundi began working with internally displaced Burundians in 1995. After the return of relative peace to the region, JRS Burundi shifted its support to the integration of more than 500,000 former refugees who began returning home from Tanzania in 2002. At this time, JRS began to gradually close down its remaining projects. However, the outbreak of civil conflict began again in 2015 and a reprisal of a new rebellion are having disastrous consequences for Burundi. Since that time, JRS has ramped up efforts to serve displaced Burundians and refugees in Burundi again.  

Currently, JRS Burundi teams work in the City of Bujumbura and in Ruyigi and Muyinga provinces. In the provinces, JRS facilitates formal and informal education in the camps of Kinama and Musasa in Muyinga, and Kavumu and Bwagiriza in Ruyigi, where more than 32,000 Congolese families are long-term settled. Furthermore, early childhood development and sport and leisure activities are also implemented to promote psychosocial welfare for refugee children in the camps.

With the support of Fund For Women, JRS provides 300 urban refugees (mostly girls) living in Bujumbura, the capital city, with access to public education and livelihood trainings to promote improvements of their socioeconomic situation and their integration in the surrounding local communities.

Herman Nakintije, the JRS project director for the food security program, shows the difference between diseased a cassava plant (in his left hand) and a JRS disease resistant plant in his right hand. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Local family from JRS project thresh their bean crop and discover that the use of goat fertilizer, that has nearly doubled their yield, can mean the difference between nourishment and starvation for their family. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
First Communicants at Christ Light of the World Parish in Giteranyi smile as they await for their religious education class to begin. (Jesuit Refugee Service)


JRS Burundi Country Director

Andre Atsu


Project locations:

Bujumbura, Ruyigi, and Muyinga provinces