Maison Shalom was born in the midst of the atrocities of Burundi's civil war on October 24, 1993 to ignite the light of forgiveness and create a new generation capable of breaking the cycle of violence.
A community-based approach
Maison Shalom is convinced that the best way to ensure a bright future for every child in an effective and sustainable way is to develop the community in which they grow up.
Maison Shalom's programs include the key areas of integral and sustainable development: health, formal education and vocational training, peace education, culture, justice and the promotion of income-generating activities. Those supported are accompanied until they become self-sufficient.
Thus, with a holistic approach, Maison Shalom creates opportunities for the development of the child himself and the transformation of the members of his community into actors of sustainable development.
Maison Shalom in Burundi
From 25 war orphans in October 1993, Maison Shalom has welcomed, educated and reintegrated into their communities more than 47,000 orphans and other disadvantaged children - orphans, street children, minors in prison.
Following the crisis of 2015, Maison Shalom's activities in Burundi have been suspended since November of the same year.
Maison Shalom in Rwanda
In Rwanda, Maison Shalom accompanies refugees to enable them to live in exile with dignity and to prepare for a constructive return to their country through educational, psychosocial, economic and socio-cultural support.