From Rwanda, the Brothers of Charity headed for Burundi, where they lent a helping hand in education in Gitega and Bujumbura. This came to an end in the 1970s due to difficulties with the government. The brothers then devoted themselves as pioneers to the care of people with mental health problems. In the former provincial house and novitiate in Kamenge, near Bujumbura, they set up a psychiatric hospital. This facility, known as ‘Kamenge’, is the only mental health centre in the country. The hospital has been able to carry on its activity in the most difficult moments in the history of Burundi. Today, there are communities in Gitega and Ngozi where people with mental health problems receive care.

Contact:

Bro. Hippolyte Manirakiza

Frères de la Charité
B.P. 666 – Bujumbura
BURUNDI

Tel.: *257-23.21.18
hippomani@yahoo.com

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