Burundi is one Africa’s smallest countries and its lush, rolling hills and farmland belie an ugly reality: The majority of people live in extreme poverty and hunger.
Burundi is slowly recovering from a 12-year civil war that ended in 2006. Its children are even slower to reach their potential: Fifty-eight percent of Burundi’s children younger than 5 are stunted. According to a World Vision specialist in Burundi, most families and children eat once a day.
Last year alone, World Vision helped 6,800 mothers understand the importance of breastfeeding their infants. World Vision works with malnourished children to bring them to a healthy weight. Staff also train parents to prepare nutritious meals, as well as cultivate household gardens to increase and diversify their crops.
Written by Chris Huber
Photo 2009 © Jon Warren / World Vision
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