Emmanuel, you are coordinator of several ZOA projects in Burundi, including the PIP project in Chibitoke. Why ZOA?
"Burundians have experienced multiple crises and they need people who can give them hope. Who can listen and talk to them, help them with what they need. I discovered that ZOA is an organisation that can do that. Moreover, ZOA's Christian vision matches my outlook on life. So I joined ZOA in 2015."
What do the people in Burundi need?
"Change and development, so they can escape from their poverty. They also long to live together in peace. They need people around them who want to accompany them on the journey to peace. There were many conflicts in Burundi. Many of their loved ones died and some have lost hope to live on."
Did you experience the war yourself?
"Yes, when I was in the last grade of elementary school, the civil war in Burundi (1993-2005) broke out, between ethnic groups. My friends were killed and I myself was chased because I belonged to a certain ethnic group. But by the grace of God, I stayed alive. My world was turned upside down, though. It was a difficult time. After that, I wanted to contribute to peace, to help solve problems."