Mission and Vision


Our mission at Village Health Works is to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment while also treating the root causes and social determinants of illness, disease, violence, and neglect. We do so in collaboration with those we serve and partners who share our beliefs.


We envision a healthy mind in a healthy body, a productive, prosperous and peaceful Burundian society that can inspire others beyond their own backyard and become an active contributor in building a world we all wish to live in.

Core Beliefs

  1. We believe in the transformative power of dignity in healing patients, communities, and societies.
  2. We believe that providing health care and education in collaboration with the community is the most powerful way to accomplish meaningful and lasting change.
  3. We believe that the provision of high quality health care catalyzes improvements in multiple sectors such as agriculture, education, and economic development.
  4. We believe our scalability derives from continually perfecting our model and demonstrating its success to inspire others to emulate our community-driven approach. 
  5. We believe in a comprehensive definition of sustainability that is measured by the value of the lives we save and the broad impacts of our work in the communities we serve.

Peace Building

In post-conflict areas, building lasting peace can only be accomplished if economies grow, disparate groups begin to work together, and people start to believe that the future is bright. Through our outstanding health and education programs, VHW is building lasting peace for a region that has suffered decades of war and strife. 

Former enemies once dehumanized by misery and poverty now work together, offering each other compassionate medical care and building the local economy in partnership. This work is often unrecognized amidst our structured programs, but its importance should never be underestimated as we work together to build a thriving community.

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