The mother and child shelter “Centre Nyubahiriza” (meaning “Respect Us!” in Kirundi) is located in the district of Kinama, at the northern periphery of Bujumbura. It offers rooms for 20 to 25 girls or young women at the ages of 14 to 20. Either they are pregnant or live there with their babies and toddlers.
The young women are mostly victims of sexual exploitation. They find a secure place to stay where they do not have to worry about feeding themselves and their children. They receive medical and psychological counselling and have the opportunity to go to school or learn a trade.
Some girls participate in the training as seamstresses. During their training they produce goods like dolls, Christmas angels, place mats or blankets, which are sold in Germany and locally. The proceeds go into financing the centre.
After a certain time of recovery and fostering, it is the aim of the centre to reintegrate the young women into still existing family structures or to enable them to fend for themselves. Often this is facilitated through a microcredit, which the women use to establish a small trade, for example with coal, oil or food.
The support in the centre is provided by the headmistress Apoline, an instructor for the seamstresses, night guards, a female nurse and a female psychologist.
The mother-child-house exists since 2005. It is fully financed by burundikids. e.V. Originally, the Centre was located in the district of Kamenge. Because of a rent increase the Centre had to move to its current location in 2008. The formerly integrated Kindergarden had to be outsourced. It is now located in the district of Butere, but not far from the Centre in Kinama.
In 2010 Adèle, one of the young women living in the centre, has finished her commercial training (A2 diploma). She started to work as trainee in the office of the Fondation Stamm. It is intended to train her further so that she can be permanently employed by Fondation Stamm. When working for one of the Fondations projects, Adèle will be able to lead an independent life. She continues to live at the Centre with her four year old daughter Sania, who is enrolled at the associated Kindergarden.
The work of the Centre is successful and is going to be continued in the current state and structure.