Located in Central Africa, Rwanda and Burundi historically were one and the same. These two countries share a common history, having been colonized by Germany in 1890 and then Belgium in 1916. Both countries are of similar area and geography, populated by the same ethnic groups. Since gaining independence in 1962, Burundi has endured major waves of internal conflict resulting in genocide, causing more than 250,000 deaths.
Currently Burundi is considered the poorest and most malnourished country in the world.
A landlocked and primarily agricultural society, 90% of the farming is on a subsistence level.
Though this small country continues to endure much suffering and loss, God is at work! He has called gifted and committed leaders to bring restoration and renewal to their country, and Hope4Burundi is joining with them in their efforts to see the Hope of Jesus spread throughout their nation.