New Generation

New Generation

We had a dream that those children in the streets, abandoned, with no idea where they are from...would become the leaders of this country and bring a big contribution to the future

Dieudonné Nahimana - New Generation Founder

We had a dream that those children in the streets, abandoned, with no idea where they are from...would become the leaders of this country and bring a big contribution to the future

Dieudonné Nahimana - New Generation Founder

New Generation believes that children and young people are the future of Burundi.

New Generation works with street-connected children and young people to bring hope. Our vision is to awaken young people spiritually, culturally and socio-economically in order to prepare a better future for Burundi.

Dieudonné Nahimana started New Generation after reaching out to street children when he himself became homeless. Someone gave him $5 and he decided to share it with street children, they celebrated Christmas together in a simple way and that was the humble beginning of what is now an outstanding project supporting children right from the streets to university, reuniting them with family whenever possible. New Generation is also a fantastic advocate for street children and gives them a voice and dignity. After coming second in the ‘Street Children’s World Cup’, they were greeted back home to Burundi as media heroes, meeting the President.

Who we work with: street-connected children, young people, homeless children and young people who have been put in prison because they are homeless

What we offer: As well as street-connected outreach, psychosocial support, homes, training and education, New Generation provides vocational training to young people. In this way, they can become young entrepreneurs and make a living to support themselves. This empowers them and underpins sustainable socio-economic development for the community.

Our projects include:

  • Homes for street boys and street girls.
  • Gir’ubuntu – combatting ethnic violence with rallies featuring sport and music, challenging ethnic stereotypes; promoting peace and reconciliation, along with Christian values of integrity and honesty.
  • Gir’iteka (‘Dignity’) – an outreach programme for children on the streets, providing shelter, food, clothes, health care and, tuition.
  • Prison outreach: Sometimes children are put in prison simply because they are living on the streets. They have committed no real crime.
  • Youth and Leadership Project The goal is to form a network of young leaders who model the characteristics of reconciling (servant) leadership and who are active within their communities, promoting and enabling holistic transformation.
  • Imboneza (‘Equipping young people’) – seeks to build and equip young leaders. We currently focus on training young people in Entrepreneurship, Information Technology and English.
  • Back to School Programme: Many street children have been out of school for considerable periods so they need intensive educational support. They need breakfast and lunch so that they can succeed in school.
  • Entrepreneurship training and microloans: New Generation delivers training on entrepreneurship, personal development, recognising and nurturing talents and skills. After training, we provide microloans to set up small businesses.

Dieudonné tells his stunning story of forgiveness, reconciliation, overcoming, and building a movement to transform the nation.

The Road to Qatar

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Stories from New Generation:

The Road to Qatar

As the footballing world gears up for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the teams for the Street Child World Cup are pushing themselves harder than ever. The tournament, taking place from

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A Day to Remember

The International Day of the African Child, June 16th, is joyfully celebrated by our partners New Generation Burundi. This year’s celebrations took place for the fifty-one children with a delicious meal, talking and playing games and sports. They also had the opportunity to showcase the French and English they have

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youth club clearing land

Nurturing Local Leaders

Allowing young leaders to develop their skills is a priority for New Generation. In addition to their primary focus of rehabilitating street-connected children, They facilitate youth clubs as an exciting vehicle of outreach in the local community. They give opportunities to young leaders to develop skills as they engage in

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A before and after of Nolan, firstly on the streets, secondly smiling

Nolan’s New Chapter

These photos of Nolan each represent a different chapter in his story. First, we find him, just 12 years old, living on the streets of Bujumbura, another street-connected child amongst twenty other boys hanging out on the roadside. In the city, it is not difficult to find children like this

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