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

31 Jul

Youth Entrepreneurship Program

The month of July has been exciting for the future entrepreneurs of Makamba and Muyinga part of the youth entrepreneurship project (MFSII). They participated in two special training this month centered on accounting and financial management of income generating activities as well as tax regulations in Burundi.

Through this training, the participants had an opportunity to share some of the difficulties they encounter daily in relation to managing their income generating activities as well as taxation. They learnt new technics that will enable them to have businesses that are well structured and well planned.

However due to the current crisis happening in Burundi, some of the entrepreneurs from Makamba and Muyinga were unable to make it to this training. But those who came actively participated in the sessions and showed great willingness to learn

16 Mar

A study on youth unemployment

Due to the high rate of youth unemployment in the country, New Generation will be  commissioning this year a study on the issue of youth unemployment in Burundi. This study will enable young people to advocate for their rights using concrete facts. It will also reveal some of the existing opportunities available for the youth in Burundi and provide some recommendations that can be used to fight against the issue of unemployment.

An expert consultant has been hired to carry  out this study and the findings will be shared with the public.

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.

03 Mar

Training young people in Muyinga

Training activities and coaching sessions for the 25 young entrepreneurs selected in Muyinga took place this month from  17th to 21st February. To be selected in this program, one must have graduated from high school, be unemployed and available to follow the training, have innovative ideas and be below the age of 35. At the end of the training, each entrepreneur is expected to start his own organisation. This program is highly beneficial to the youth in Burundi as it addresses the problem of unemployment and poverty.