With partners around the developing world, the news of the day often brings worries about the people and communities we have gotten to know. Though the troubles in Burundi have either been ignored or relegated to back pages of US news outlets, the civil unrest leading up to upcoming election is very real. Luckily, Village Health Works community is in a rural areas of the country. A recent update indicates that all are safe and the community is still moving forward. “Our campus is continuing work as usual, the unrest so far has been largely limited to Bujumbura (Burundi’s Capital). The safety of our staff is our top priority right now, and thankfully we’ve been able to accommodate some of our staff’s family members on campus. The main disruption are in transportation to and from Bujumbura and some interruptions in communications.
It is remarkable that during this period of uncertainty the community has been especially motivated to do positive and constructive work. Attached please find some pictures of the construction of the road that connects the hydroelectric plant to our campus. This is a project that we had in our pipeline for this year and the community’s dedication has helped this progress even during the current situation.”