Kabondo Centre breaking ground in Burundi!
The street children of Bujumbura have been celebrating the ground breaking of their new community center this week. The Kabondo Football for Hope Centre broke ground yesterday in Bujumbura, Burundi. Construction is about to start and is scheduled to last 4 months. This center is intended for kids living on the streets as well for children at risk in the outlying quarters, and it will aim at reintegrating those children left to fend for themselves. It also hopes to become an important hub for the local community by opening its doors to neighborhood activities.
The ceremony can start! The ground breaking ceremony gathered officials, street children and members of the community on the project site. A speech was given by the center host Giryuja's director and information panels were displayed for everyone to understand what the project is about. Information panels have been set up for the community to learn more. Gathering for the laying of the foundation stone (or bricks). The Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Adolphe Rukenkanya, fitted with trowel and cement, laid the first brick on the wall. The ceremony gathered many government officials and the whole community of Kabondo. The Kabondo Football for Hope centre will be run by the organization Giriyuja. Giriyuja, a partner of Terre des hommes, has been working with street children in Bujumbura since 2006. It works in three broad areas: child protection (specifically the protection of street children); the reintegration of vulnerable children by offering them literacy classes and vocational training, and facilitating their access to basic services; and advocacy surrounding the rights of children in Bujumbura. View of the center The center, located in the middle of the Kabondo neighborhood, will help between 50 and 100 children per day once it opens its doors beginning of next year, offering activities to children living on the streets as well as children from the local area and schools. It will act as a catalyst for innovative programs in the future, offering a place for football training, football games, large scale tournaments and community events, life skills training, music. Giriyuja means “a place to call home” in Kirundi. The centre will reflect the organization’s name and become a place of support for street children and the vulnerable children of the community. The kids' new home is under way.. Stay tuned for more updates! Image of the upcoming center