Harvest Initiatives

Harvest Initiatives

Onesphore pioneered a summer outreach campaign which has continued to yield extraordinary fruit. Over the last 15 years teams averaging 700 young people have gone out across Burundi to preach and serve and pray for the sick.

Onesphore pioneered a summer outreach campaign which has continued to yield extraordinary fruit. Over the last 15 years teams averaging 700 young people have gone out across Burundi to preach and serve and pray for the sick.

Harvest Initiatives is a local Burundian Christian non-profit organization which was founded in 2000 by a team of 7 students, led by Onesphore Manirakiza. Their vision was to see Burundi transformed through the impact of a revived church. The mission is to raise up a movement of disciples and leaders acting as catalysts in the transformation of Burundi and throughout Africa.

Harvest Initiatives (HI) has established Harvest Clubs in 17 out of the 18, working alongside different denominations to build the capacity of the local church and their leaders – in Bible training and evangelism, and community outreach.

HI serves more than 600 Batwa (‘Pygmy’) families and other vulnerable in 5 communities, with integrated projects involving health, education, nutrition and life-skills. HI empowers communities through Nduza Nkuduze (loosely-translated ‘Together we can overcome’) which is a small savings and loans association.

HI has a huge centre at Karubabi which hosts the best primary school in the province, a high-quality medical clinic, and with a vocational boarding school mid-construction. It is also very active in the North and East of the country.

One of HI’s most remarkable activities is the annual summer campaign. Over the last 15 years, they have sent out thousands of young people across the country in teams to witness in towns and villages. These have led approximately 170,000 people to Jesus, and have seen many modern-day ‘acts of the Apostles’, including blind people seeing, deaf hearing, demon-possessed people being set free, and more.

Karubabi School and New High School Development

Karubabi High School

To provide continuing education to thousands of children, we are seeking support to complete a new secondary school. Once complete it will offer academic and vocational opportunities to those who would otherwise be unlikely to proceed in education beyond 5th Grade. These families will experience life-changing benefits!

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Stories from Harvest Initiatives:

Harvest Initiatives evangelism group prepering to go out

Harvest Outreach Hope!

After a last-minute go-ahead, the Harvest Initiatives annual summer evangelism returned after last year’s campaign was forced to cancel due to coronavirus. As ever, there have been a load of encouraging stories of powerful transformation, here is an initial selection for your encouragement. Thank you for your prayers over the

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Godelieve holding her goat

Let’s Edify Each Other!

Nduza Nkuduze, which means ‘let’s edify each other’, is a microloans group in the Batwa (Pygmy) community of Busiga, Muyinga Province. For the past four years, they have been able to save enough money to start small businesses. This has enabled them to harvest crops from their farms.

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innocent in his school uniform looks into the camera

The Restoration of Innocent

It’s almost mid-day and the sun is already shining. Karubabi Harvest School, standing upon the hills of Muramvya, looks so vibrant. It’s break time and children are out playing and enjoying themselves. In the corner of my eye, I catch sight of a young boy staring at me intently

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Antoine, Sauvatile and 8 of their children

From a Mud Hut to a University Campus

Antoine is from the Batwa (Pygmy) ethnic group in Muramvya Province, Burundi. Despised by other ethnic groups and without their own land, the Batwa often live hidden away in mud hut settlements deep in the forest, at risk from the elements and disease. Their life expectancy is just 28 years.

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