Maison Shalom has always believed that the family is the ideal place to ensure a child’s welfare and fulfilment. Because of how long the war lasted in Burundi, many children ended up without families and the possibility of returning to their community. This is why many of these children remained in foster care, or living with older siblings, who took the role of parents to the younger ones as they waited to be reunited with their families.
With the improvement of the security situation in the country, around 12,000 children were reintroduced into their community. Maison Shalom then realised that the host communities needed a more global intervention, the education, healthcare, justice and community development, and the certainty of welfare and flourishing of their children.