Hope for the Nations Burundi/DR Congo
One of the most brutal and long lasting civil wars in the history of continental Africa continues to rage at the Burundi/Congo borderland. Caught up in historical fighting between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes are children and families in need of security, care, and hope.
Hope agents, Ray and Mary Anne Bale from Vernon B.C., have invested their lives to provide a hope and a future for children of this conflict.
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Our home has several mamas who care for the children. Many have lost their own families, and so it is here that they too have found a new family with the children. We aim to send as many children as we can to university where they can further their education and be equipped with the skills to sustain themselves.
In May 2015, due to ongoing unrest and insecurity in Burundi, it was necessary to evacuate the children and staff to Rwanda, where they have remained. They are all doing well, continuing with their education, and have come to the reality that this will be their home. They have been well received in the community and have integrated into the English language system, with a number of them achieving first class honors.
Ecole Shalom is a primary and secondary school with an enrolment of more than 850 students from grade 1-13. The primary school has had the distinction of gaining a 100% pass rate from primary to secondary level for 9 years running. Ongoing training is provided for resident teachers as well as teachers from surrounding schools in the district.
Spanning 200 hectares of land, Emmanuel Center encompasses six homes, a church, carpentry center, literacy center, primary & secondary center, social center, solar energy, and an agricultural project, which aims to make Emmanuel Center completely self sufficient through the raising of cattle, goats and chickens, a tree farm, and a flour mill.