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Floods at Gatumba.
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Leonidas Niyongabo
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EAB Press February 2007 Edition
 
EAB PRESS 070201-1
February 1, 2007

Crisis Update; New Development Officer; News in Brief; Events

[EAB Press - Burundi] 


Update on the Famine and Floods Crisis

It is estimated that 800,000 people need food assistance between now and July.

Eighty percent of food production has been damaged by the rains and floods. Thousands of people are left homeless or displaced.

In one small Methodist Church in rural Bujumbura 70 families were seeking shelter. Malaria, cholera and diarrhoea are an increasing problem.

Provincial Development Officer

Born in 1964, Leonidas Niyongabo is married to Denise and has four children. He studied agriculture at university.

He comes to the Province with much experience, having worked as a teacher in a technical school for 4 years and then with the NGO, Concern for 8 years where he was programme manager for the livelihood security programme.

News In Brief

* Congratulations to Archbishop Samuel Ndayisenga and his wife, Joy, who celebrated 50 years of marriage last December

* Bishop Sixbert of Buye diocese, and Bishop Eraste of Muyinga diocese are in the UK attending a training course in Canterbury and visiting parishes.

* The Province expresses sympathy to Perpetue Kankindi and her family on the death of her husband, Hon. Charles Karikurubu at the beginning of January.

* The Province was represented at the 7th World Social Forum in Nairobi on the theme of "Another World is Possible."

* Congratulations to Rev Vincent Ndayimbona as he becomes full time Director of the Provincial Institute of Theology and to Rev Seth Ndayirukiye who has been appointed as diocesan secretary for Matana diocese.

* Members of many denominations attended a service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bujumbura and were encouraged to fellowship and work together as members of the Body of Christ.

Forthcoming Events

The coming weeks will be very busy so please pray for the following events being held in February and March:

* Archbishop Bernard attending the Primates meeting in Tanzania and visiting the USA.

* Mathias Nkurunziza at the CAPA Review meeting on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria Strategic Plan in Nairobi.

* Claudette Kigeme and Mathilde Nkwirikiye attending the 51st session of the UNCSW in New York on the theme "the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child."

* The Province represented at the TEAM International Conference on Prophetic Witness, Social Development and HIV and AIDS to be held in Boksburg, South Africa.