GNF - Bessere Schulbildung und Trinkwasserversorgung in Zentral-Burundi

Improved schooling conditions through basic hygiene and better drinking water supply in Central Burundi



Access to clean water was declared a human right by the UN General Assembly in 2010. In Burundi, however, less than half of the population has access to clean drinking water. Due to high population density, poverty and inadequate infrastructure, many drinking water sources are considered polluted. This causes numerous diseases and still many people - especially children - die from water-borne diseases.

Of the 22 schools in the project municipality of Gisozi in Mwaro province, only three schools have access to drinking water on the school grounds. In the other schools, the children and teachers are dependent on bringing water from home or laboriously fetching it from rivers and springs in the surrounding area. This disrupts learning at the schools considerably, and the water is often contaminated. The hygienic conditions at the schools can be described as very poor, with only a few simple pit toilets for hundreds of students and teachers. Water for washing hands is often not available. The bad hygienic conditions in schools are often a factor in reduced learning success and increased school drop-out rates, especially among adolescent girls.

Project goals

The focus is on ensuring good school education by improving hygiene conditions and simultaneous access to clean drinking water at community schools in the province of Mwaro in Burundi.

Project measures

In order to achieve these goals, various measures have been taken:

  • Modern sanitation facilities are being installed at three pilot schools.
  • A maintenance plan for the sanitary facilities is drawn up.
  • Sensitisation activities at the school.
  • Water management committees are established.
  • Biraturaba intensified contact with local water authorities.


 Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)
 Schulgebäude in Bisoro
 Schulgebäude in Kirika
 Bau eines Toilettenhäuschen in Kirika
 Sanitärgebäude in Gasave


 Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG

Project partner

Biraturaba is a non-profit NGO based in Bujumbura that works to address social imbalance, improve educational opportunities and social inclusion and has extensive experience working with national and international partners. Biraturaba was founded in 2002 to contribute to the sustainable improvement of living conditions in Burundi. The aim is to find and implement a development approach that focuses on the capacities of the local population to develop themselves. The name Biraturaba means "it depends on us" in the local language and embodies the commitment and basic ideas of the founders, who do not wait for solutions from outside, but take the initiative themselves and take the first steps towards implementing sustainable approaches.

Project Partner



Thies Geertz, Global Nature Fund (GNF), Germany, +49 7732 9995 80



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1 December 2021 - 31 December 2023






Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)


Stiftung Chancen für Kinder, Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG


The project makes a concrete contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

 Ziel 6: Verfügbarkeit und nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung von Wasser und Sanitärversorgung für alle gewährleisten
 Ziel 17: Umsetzungsmittel stärken und die globale Partnerschaft für nachhaltige Entwicklung wiederbeleben