Thanks to The Department of Education Tasmania and Honorable Will Hodgman Premier of Tasmania for donating their used computers to Villages of Life. Travel With A Cause is proud to have been part of bringing these computers from Tasmania to children in Burundi, Africa. Villages of Life is a Non-Government Organisation dedicated to providing the essentials of life for the people of Burundi.
Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a small country in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Geographically isolated, facing population pressures and having sparse resources, Burundi is one of the poorest and most conflict-ridden countries in Africa and in the world. Burundi is ranked as the fourth least developed country in the world in terms of social welfare indicators. In 2002, seven out of ten Burundians were living below the poverty line. Per capita gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 was US$600, only half of pre-war levels. The mainstay of the Burundian economy is agriculture, accounting for 34.4% of GDP in 20013 Agriculture supports more than 90% of the labour force, the majority of whom are subsistence farmers. Although Burundi is potentially self-sufficient in food production, the civil war, overpopulation, and soil erosion have contributed to the contraction of the subsistence economy by 30% in recent years. Large numbers of internally displaced persons have been unable to produce their own food and are dependent on international humanitarian assistance. Burundi is a net food importer, with food accounting for 13% of imports in 2003.