Be A HERO is pleased to report that the project in Bujumbura, Burundi has been completed in partnership with A.R.M as of August 2007. The first C.R.I.B. house was established in 1993 by Christine Chapman in an effort to provide homes for the orphaned children once the war broke out.
Burundi is still at war; a security perimeter wall has been built around the village to provide a barrier from the violence in the area. This serves to separate these precious children from the perils that lay just outside that partition. To allow for better conditions and a more fiscally minded endeavour it was determined that a new building owned and operated by C.R.I.B. was required.
The plans were set in place and funds supplied to produce a new building that is divided into two sections. One side is designed for the boys and the other for girls. Each section on the top floor has 4 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms as well as a sitting room. Downstairs there are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in addition to a sitting room and a kitchen. As well as the children living there, each section has 2 house mothers to care for them. The building has been designed so that everyone can utilize a covered balcony for activities. The covered area also serves as a dining room. The 48 orphaned children now enjoy a homey atmosphere and the luxury of a shower and bathroom amenities.
C.R.I.B is well pleased with the new arrangement. The dormitories and school are well supervised and have created a secure and healthy location that will cost less to run than the former premises. Most importantly, the children can feel secure in a permanent facility.
A big thank you to all the HEROES who contributed towards this project.