The Kabura Family Burundi Africa

There are 5 people in the Kabura family. Arcade is 28 years old and is a farmer, Jeannine, his wife is 25 years old and is also a farmer. They have 3 children, their daughter Kathia who is 2 and their 3 month old twin sons, Bukuru and Butoyi.

Work and Food & Water

Together, the couple works 84 hours a week and makes about $29USD a month. But the income depends on the number of times they work on the neighbour's farms. Arcade and Jeannine produce 99% of their food, but almost all of the family's income is spent on buying the rest of the food supplies. Three times a week, they walk 40 minutes to get water.


Arcade, Jeannine, Kathia and the twins live in a single-bedroom home that they've been living in for the past 3 years. The toilet (top left) is outside the house and is shared with many other households. Because there is no electricity, they spend 14 hours a week collecting wood, which they use as fuel for their stove. (top right) The family built the house with the help of their family and friends. (bottom left) The house structure is weak with crumbling walls and leaking roofs. (bottom right) The Kabura family plans on buying a bed, and they hope that one day they will be able to fulfil their dream of buying a house.


Going to school is mandatory for children that are 7-13 in Burundi. But, because of the civil war that ended in 2005, many schools were wrecked and destroyed. There aren't very many teachers, and there's a lack of access to educational recourses. Because over 25% of schools were destroyed during the war, many children are forced to walk many miles everyday to the closest school. The government has made primary education free, but for many children, especially girls, going to school is out of the question.

As of right now, the literacy rate in Burundi is just under 60%. The country is ranked 174 out of 182 on the Human Development Rank. To increase access to education, they are trying to construct and rehabilitate schools, distributing educational resources and materials to teachers and students, and assisting in funding for school uniform and fees.


Per 1,000 live births, it was estimated about 175 children under the age of 5 would die. 37% of children die when they're 0-28 days old. It's estimated that 1% of their deaths is because of injuries, another 1% is because of tetanus, 5% of it is because of other conditions, 6% is because of pneumonia, 8% is because of congenital anomalies, 19% is because of sepsis and other infectious conditions, 29% is because of prematurity and 30% is because of birth asphyxia and birth trauma. 63% of children under 5 die when they're 1-59 months old. It's estimated that 1% of their deaths is because of measles, 2% is because of pertussis, 2% of it is because of AIDS, 4% of it is because of meningitis/encephalitis, 8% of it is because of non communicable diseases, 8% of it is because of malaria, 11% of it is because of injuries, 18% of it is because diarrheal diseases, 20% of it is because of other conditions and 26% of it is because of pneumonia.

In Burundi, 8% of adults aged 15-49 are living with AIDS. In 2004, there were approximately 250,000 people living with AIDS in Burundi. There were an estimated 25,000 deaths from AIDS in 2003, and it was estimated in 2005 that the average life expectancy in Burundi is 50 years, it went up 8 years from 42 in 2000. When it comes to poverty and hunger, over 40% (almost 50%) of people are living on less than $1.00 a day.

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