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Mental Illness is Not A Doomed Fate

Mental Illness is Not A Doomed Fate

Estella Nijimbere, a 41 year old from Kigwena, is a mother of seven children. Estella’s childhood become a nightmare when she was separated from the rest of her family members while the civil war was raging on all around them. They had no choice but to run away from their home village, Magara...

Finding Support in Kigutu – Minani Jean Bosco's Story

Finding Support in Kigutu – Minani Jean Bosco's Story

"It was a huge commitment to walk 10 hours a week so that I could attend sessions. My effort was not in vain." - Minani Jean Bosco, Community Support Group Member

Minani Jean Bosco lives in Kagoma colline. He visited the SharonMcKenna Community Health Center in December 2015 to obtain treatment for...

Patient Story – Antoinette’s Diagnosis

Patient Story – Antoinette’s Diagnosis

Antoinette Kabura is a 59 year old woman, living in Nyanza-Lac Commune. She has suffered from diabetes for ten years, but until recently she was not aware what disease she had. She was becoming weak overnight, coughing, and hungry more than usual. She decided to go to Rumonge hospital where they...

How VHW Helped Me Manage My Emotional Stress

How VHW Helped Me Manage My Emotional Stress

"Thank you for helping me manage my emotional stress and giving me hope again" - Renovat Ntirampeba, VHW Support group patient

Renovat Ntirampeba was born in a family with six children in Kirungu, a mountainous village located two hours from Kigutu. Renovat had a normal life and was a...

Empowerment Through Coops in Kigutu

Empowerment Through Coops in Kigutu

“Thank you for helping us to open our minds and see that great things are possible.” - Lyduine Ntakiyiruta, VHW Cooperative Member

"The cooperatives organized by VHW have improved the relationships between our neighbors and taught us how to care about one another....

Community Health Worker Power!

“Thank you for empowering me to help my neighbors” – Ruth Niyonkuru, VHW Community Health Worker

Empowering Community Health Workers by providing knowledge and giving them the opportunity to help their neighbors is part of the Village Health Works mission...

How VHW saved my life during my pregnancy

How VHW saved my life during my pregnancy

“Thank you for saving my life after I became seriously ill during my pregnancy. If it wasn't for the VHW Health Center in Kigutu, I would not be here with my daughter today.” – Chantal Harerimana, VHW Clinic patient and mother.

Chantal is a 38 year old woman...

Mental Health Day 2015

Mental Health Day 2015

Burundi is a country where access to health care is a real challenge. It becomes even more difficult when it comes to mental health care. Traditionally, Burundians have superstitious beliefs about mental health, and they associate the illnesses with demonic posession. When someone suffers from that...

I dream of becoming a teacher one day...

I dream of becoming a teacher one day...

Scoring at the top of her class, Diella knows how to count from zero to twenty in Kirundi, French and English. A dedicated student, Diella has never missed a day of school. 

"Diella loves school more than anything in her life. She has never missed a day of school!" - Diella's...