"By using grassroots activism to address the underlying causes of illness, disease, lack of education and other social issues Deogratias Niyizonkiza and Village Health Works are not only inspiring but are creating real change for individuals and communities. I commend Village Health Works particularly for its women’s empowerment programs and innovative model for increasing access to health care. Empowering women to seek healthcare services will reinforce the wellbeing of the individual, the family and in turn the community."

– Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder and President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa

“Of all the public and private sector organizations and programs in the country, VHW is the best of all.”

– President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza

"As the U.S. Ambassador to Burundi (2009-2012), I was proud of the U.S. Embassy's partnership with Village Health Works.  During my visits to VHW’s project facilities in Kigutu I was impressed by the depth and breadth of their commitment to meeting the basic human needs of the local communities that they serve:  from health care and sanitation, to basic education, to food security.  The fact that President Nkurunziza took time to visit -- and lay a few bricks for the new building -- is testimony to how highly the Burundian government regards VHW’s work -- and its potential application elsewhere in Burundi." 

– Pamela J. Slutz, U.S. Ambassador (Retired 13 April 2013)

"We were all impressed not only with the outstanding facilities but also by the tremendous community partnership and support you have generated. On behalf of all of us, I express heartfelt thanks for your receiving of us--and even more for the outstanding work you are doing."

– George Rupp, former President of Rice University and Columbia University, and former president of the International Rescue Committee