As partners in Burundi, Tearfund and FECABU believe that the greatest way to assist the people of Burundi at this time is to address the malnutrition suffered by the most vulnerable. By establishing feeding centres through FECABU’s existing networks, lifesaving emergency nutrition can be distributed to children under the age of five and to pregnant and nursing mothers.
Tearfund have plans to open 12 centres around the country, including one in Rwisabi, working with and through the local church. Each centre would serve 1,212 people - roughly 603 children and 306 pregnant and nursing mothers.
The pregnant and nursing mothers and the mothers of the selected malnourished children will be taught at the centre how to prepare a super cereal using fortified blended foods (flour from maize, ground nuts, soya and wheat) and mixing them together with oil and sugar. They will also be trained in areas of hygiene, so as to protect their families from diarrhoea and other such hygiene-related illnesses.
Each individual will receive 1.5kgs of food supplies, twice a week, for 8 weeks. This amount of food and time frame is considered sufficient to bring even the severely malnourished back up to an acceptable weight.
While we cannot help everywhere there is an opportunity to continue to support the community of Rwisabi where the Kira Project has been operating.