New Hope Center was established in Bujumbura, Burundi in 2004 following a massacre in Eastern Congo that ravaged communities and scattered the people. Congolese children found themselves orphaned and stateless, fleeing to neighboring countries with no identification or passports. It was here at New Hope Center in Burundi that some of these children found their home.
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.