Situated in the northern part of the capital city, Bujumbura, Nyarumanga community is built around the rubbish dump for the whole city. Working with a ministry called Yada, we are seeking transformation of the community through the power of God's love.
Children as young as three years old can be found scavenging at the local dump for food or material that they can sell. This leads to a continued cycle of poverty due to low school attendance and education, leading to little opportunity for future achievement. Early years education provides that alternative for that critical time before children reach 7 years old and can go to school. Knowing that for many, finding food is very challenging, we provide nutritious porridge to keep them healthy and able to learn.
Education is essential to help free young people from the cycle of poverty that they and their community are found in. Starting early is key, this is why we run a pre-school programme to help those who would otherwise be sent out to work to earn money for the family. From pre school they begin Year 1 at local schools and come to us for daily tuition. Both the pre school and tuition children receive access to a feeding programme to ensure children receive at least one good meal a day; a weekly kids club to build friendship and encourage young people in a safe environment and a programme to help the wider family become more self sufficient and sustainable. All of these programmes are underpinned with a desire to share the hope of the gospel.
YADA also work in the local community to bring transformation through discipleship, working with local believers to help them grow in faith and release them to be used by God.