07 Oct

One year later…

It’s been more than a year since team Imboneza went to Brazil to represent Burundi in the Street Child World Cup (SCWC). Innocent still remembers the great moments of the tournament vividly. He was nominated the best football player in the whole competition and team Burundi occupied the second place in the World Cup.

Looking back at his childhood and the challenges he went through, Innocent never knew that he could get out of Burundi, let alone play in a World Cup. He started living on the streets when he was four years old because of war and poverty. Back then, Innocent experienced a lot of bullying from older street boys and struggled to find food and shelter on a daily basis.

In 2004, with the assistance of New Generation, he got a safe place to live and started going to school. Today, Innocent has completed his studies. He along with the rest of the football team continue to impact the whole country with their testimonies, songs and skills in football.

In February this year, the team participated in the New Generation “Burundi, Urwaruka Turashoboye” (Youth We Can) campaign in Muyinga. The campaign began with a good football match which attracted a large crowd. After the match, Innocent had the opportunity to speak, sharing his life testimony and performing some of his best songs.
Though currently jobless, Innocent is still working hard to improve his life and the lives of other children who are still in the streets.

04 Sep

A Great Academic Year

This month, the children supported by New Generation concluded the 2014- 2015 academic year in style. They performed exceptionally well in school. We have 40 children in primary school and 9 in secondary school. In primary school, 14 children figured among the top five students of their classes (five having the highest score in their classes)  and 16 of them figured among the top ten students of their classes. Only one child will have to repeat his class. In secondary school, they all succeeded with good marks.

Last Friday, we organized a special event to congratulate them for their perseverance and success in school. We also distributed special prizes to those who figured among the top ten students of their classes.

We wish thank all our partners for enabling us to provide breakfast, lunch and even host some of these children at the New Generation Center. We look forward with excitement to the new academic year starting in the next few days.

04 Aug

Off to England

After waiting for their visa for several days in Kampala (Uganda), Innocent and Eric finally flew to England on Saturday the 11th July for a three-month accelerated training in English at Studio Cambridge. They were both excited and grateful to participate in this training.

In an interview made before their departure to London, Eric and Innocent expressed their joy for being given such an opportunity to acquire more knowledge which they will come back and share with their friends at New Generation. They were also honored to be the ambassadors of Burundi again, but this time in the UK. They did not forget to thank their supervisors at New Generation who always teach them along with other young people to believe in their dreams in spite of their present situation.

We wish to thank Street Child United for all the support provided to these youths and for giving them a chance to pursue their dreams.

12 Dec

Give Christmas to a street child in Burundi

This December we’re raising money to support our Street Child Program. We want to give the children we work with, the Christmas they deserve. But the money raised will not only be used for Christmas day. With your help we can give them food every day, a place to sleep, the equipment they need for school, and a safe and loving environment.

  • £5 will buy lunch for 5 children
  • £15 will pay for food and school fees for a child for one month
  • £50 will help us provide somewhere for the children to sleep