A great deal of infrastructure and housing was destroyed during the civil war that hit Burundi from 1993 to 2005. ALDP (Association to fight crime and poverty – Association de lutte contre la délinquance et la pauvreté in French) was formed during the conflict and set up a carpentry workshop to supply people living in the northern areas of Bujumbara with wood so they wouldn’t have to travel too far.
Carpentry training is provided there by four trainers. Groups of 20 local people at a time can also receive training in IT, cutting and sewing. ALDP has also set up an Emmaus school with three classes at nursery, primary and secondary school (IT section) levels. Another of the organization’s missions is to identify and supervise street children.
The Auberge de l’espérance (Hostel of Hope) has been accommodating them since 2013. All members have the opportunity to take part in sporting, cultural and civic activities.