Emelyne is 12. Before Girineza she was begging in the streets or making briks in the factory, in order to help her family find the money to buy food in the evening. If she had no money sometimes she would sleep outdoors. One day she walked by an activity Fabrice was doing with the children of the neighborhood on the rights to go to school and at the end of the activity she asked Fabrice to go talk to her parents. Emelyne is today a good primary student (strong in Mathematics). She is kind and hard worker. She often shares her story with the other children of the community. When she grows up, she would like to become a teacher.
Joseph is 13.He never met his father, who left before he was born, and he was brought up by an alcoholic mother. At 5 he used to go beg in town with his mother and sometimes she would leave him at the brick factory for the day. Fabrice met him there and told him to join his sports activities. Joseph started coming and was so curious and motivated that was quickly integrated in Girineza. Joseph today lives with Fabrice as his mother sold their house and went to live far away. He is brilliant at school, always among the first three of his class at the end of the year.When he grows up he says he wants to become a construction engineer.
Audrick is 13. He is orphan of father. His mother is a farmer. When Fabrice met him he was living int he displaced peoples camp of Sabe with his family and was working with Joseph at the brick factory, not going to school. He is now among the first 10 students of his class and likes playing football. He is one of the first children who joiend Girineza, together with Joseph, his inseparable friend.
When he grows up, he says he wants to become a Minister.
Jadine, is 10. She is Emelyne’s young sister. She used to help her sister carry the briks on her head up the big ladder leading at the top of the oven to dry the bricks. She used to carry ine brick at the time, many many times per day. Fabrice went to talk to her family, which at the beginning refused to put Jadine to school but finally accepted. She is a shy and respectful girl and is doing great efforts in school. She likes running.
When she grows up she wants to become a doctor.
Nowa is 18 and he is the oldest child of Girineza. At 13 his mother died and he stopped going to school in order to help his father. He would go look for old pieces of metal and sell them in the neighborhood. He would also go pick up mangos for his siblings and would always bring hom a bag full of them at the end of the day. Sometimes he would go play football with the other kids of the neighborhood and there, one day, he met Fabrice. Today Nowa is in Primary 7 and is an excellent student, always among the first two of his year. He often gives advise to the younger children. He would like to become a driver for big trucks.
Dishon is 8. He was living like the others in the the displaced peoples camp of Sabe and his mother, Mama Dishon, was helping at the beginning of Girineza with the logistics, making sure the children would leave the camp and go to school. At one point, after a dispute with her husband, she had serious economic problems and asked Girineza if we could help her sending her son to school. So we did. He is a very good student, among the first 5 of his year.
When he grows up, he wants to become a doctor.
Tama is 8. He was born deaf. When Fabrice met him, he was living in the displaced peoples camp f Sabe. Although he tried to play with the others the other children would laugh at him. His parents wanted him to go to school but didn’t know where to send him. One day, while we were visiting his family he showed us a book and started to show us all the stories on those pages and tried to write something on a notebook. So we went and looked for a school for deaf children. Today he has learned sign language and his parents also go to school every week to learn how to talk with him. They now communicate very well now ! Tama likes drawing and playing football…
All the photos on this page have been taken by Landry Nshimiye in June 2016 in Bujumbura, Burundi