16 Nov

Muyinga Gir’ubuntu campaign

On the 30th and 31st October, the New Generation team went to Gasorwe for a special campaign to promote healing and reconciliation in this community. We began the campaign with a special workshop on the 30th October, bringing together 70 youth leaders from different religions, ethnic groups and associations. Through this workshop, we looked at the history of Burundi and assessed the role that young people can play in order to end the cycle of violence in Burundi.

On the 31st October, we held a campaign in Bihogo where more than 1500 people came to hear a message of hope and encouragement, promoting peace and reconciliation. We started the campaign with an entertaining football match between Imboneza FC (NG football team) and 11 Rapide Junior from Gasorwe. After the match, the founder of New Generation conveyed the message of the campaign to the public.

27 Oct

Atelier de Réflexion

Dans l’atelier de réflexion de ce vendredi 23 octobre 2015 qui a eu dans les enceintes du Centres Jeune Kamenge.
Teddy Claude Harushimana a présenté son étude sur la généalogie de l’établissement des ethnies au Burundi afin que la génération présente sache l’histoire des différentes guerres qui ont eu lieu et leur cause afin qu’elle ne commette pas ces mêmes erreurs.

Dieudonné Nahimana a dirige un moment de débat qui a pour finalité un programme de différentes activités à entreprendre pour influencer la jeunesse dans leur façon de penser vers la voie de la construction du Burundi.

Les causes des différentes tueries qu’a connues le Burundi sont classées en 3 catégories a savoir :
• La perte des valeurs
• Le manque du sens de patriotisme
• Le sous développement économique

Il est temps pour les Burundais d’entrer dans une ère de leadership où le leader est serviteur de ceux qu’il dirige et non le contraire et où le bien être des prochains est prioritaire.
Et savoir que le développement économique commence par soi-même dans le fait d’être entrepreneur chacun dans son domaine.

04 Sep

Truth, Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Last month, as part of the Gir’ubuntu project, we organized a two-day special workshop bringing together more than 80 young people from Bujumbura and upcountry who belong to different political movements, organizations and groups. The theme of this conference focused on truth, forgiveness and reconciliation in order to promote personal and national healing. Nahimana Dieudonne, the CEO of New Generation, explained to the youth that we need to be a generation that contributes to the healing of our country in order to stop the cycle of violence in Burundi.

Through a presentation made by the project manager of New Generation, Teddy Claude Harushimana, the participants had an opportunity to revisit the past and look at some of the events that led to ethnic rivalry in Burundi. Afterwards, they had an opportunity to discuss in different groups on the strategies to use in order to elaborate a charter whose central theme will be to promote non-violence in Burundi, how to organize debates and activities that can bring the youth together, and how to communicate hope instead of despair through different social media platforms.

On the last day of the conference, a program of some of the activities to be conducted in the upcoming days was approved by all the participants. These include a special training on non-violence involving young people from all parts of the capital, sports and artistic activities bringing together different categories of young people in order to promote active non-violence and the use of social media to spread messages of non-violence.


03 Aug

Gir’ubuntu Event

On the 5th July 2015, New Generation and Christian Initiative for peace through a special event entitled “Gir’Ubuntu” held a prayer time with participants from different churches and backgrounds. The event was largely attended by youth who expressed their eagerness to see a better Burundi in the days and years ahead.

The event started off by worship led by Dudu and other invitees. A short word of exhortation on how to pray for the nation was presented by Dieudonne Nahimana. This was followed by a series of prayer moments led by different people such as Teddy from New Generation, Queen Belle Monique a journalist from Radio Isanganiro and Pastor Jeff Baluku from Christian Life Ministries in Burundi.

Dieudonne Nahimana encouraged the youth to realize who they are in Christ and how they ought to behave as a result in these times. He encouraged them to stand with non violent approaches and to promote non-violence. The atmosphere was fuelled with energy, unity and faith in regards to the future of Burundi.

03 Aug

Youth solidarity for non-violence

On the 25th June, New Generation in partnership with Christian Initiative for peace organized a special conference bringing together young people from different political parties and movements. Dieudonne Nahimana, along with Manirakiza Onesphore from Harvest for Christ ministries, spoke about active non-violence, its importance and how one can use this approach to reach his goals and objectives especially during the current crisis in Burundi.

Two movies, one showing the struggle that Mahtma Gandhi led in India and another “Iyomenya” (If I had known) produced by New Generation in 2010, illustrated  this point to the youth who had come. They were afterwards given an opportunity to ask questions and share their ideas. They also recommended some of the strategies to use in order to promote non-violence in Burundi and convey messages without using violence.

As part of this project, new social media pages were also created by New Generation to keep the youth updated on this topic of non-violence and communicate with them.

These are the social media pages that were created:

–  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Girubuntu/114905462182608?fref=ts

– Twitter : https://twitter.com/Gir_Ubuntu

–  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0xQWM8DUOLFjfw9FI1Oww

– Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/girubuntu

16 Mar

Engaging the Youth of Burundi: New Generation Third Public Campaign

New Generation held its third “Burundi, Urwaruka Turashoboye” public campaign in Muyinga. This took place on Saturday 21st February at the stadium and hundreds of people attended. The event began with a football match, followed by entertainment from local artists and the message of the campaign shared by the CEO, Dieudonné Nahimana, who is originally from Muyinga.

Young people were encouraged not lose hope but to stay strong and work hard to develop their country.