Between Rwanda, Congo and Tanzania
Burundi has suffered but is ready for change. Colonial history, difficult geography, disease burden and tribalism have undermined development and hope. Burundi is the 4th poorest nation on earth (after Congo, Zimbabwe and Somalia). It has only one third the income per person as Rwanda and less than half as much as Haiti. Recent stabilization and commitments to internal development mean that investments in educating leaders and professionals can change the course of a nation! Be part of educating change-makers with excellence at a Christian institution.
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Burundi is a small landlocked country in central Africa just south of Rwanda—10.5 million people in a mountainous land about the size of Massachusetts. It is the second most densely populated country in Africa (after Rwanda). It has few minerals and no tourist attractions.
Burundi is lush with good soil and rains and is extensively farmed, but the population is expanding at more than 3 % per year--8th highest in the world.
90% of the population lives on subsistence agriculture
46% of the population is under 15 years. 29% of children under 5 years are underweight. Only one in two children go to school, and approximately one in 15 adults has HIV/AIDS. Adult literacy is 67%. Maternal mortality is 6th highest in the world. The infectious disease burden is "very high" (WHO). There are only 3 physicians per 100,000 (the US has more than 250 per 100,000).
Like neighboring Rwanda, Burundi suffered from prolonged ethinic conflict. A civil war extended until 2005. The world has not reached out to Burundi as it has to Rwanda. Because of the war, there is reduced intellectual capital and limited physical infrastructure in the country.
Young, limited schooling, limited health infrastructure