Chrissie Chapman, Burundi, Central Africa
CRIB (Children Rescued in Burundi)
During the genocide in Burundi in the 90’s Chrissie Chapman began a work to rescue children who had suffered unimaginable hardship and lost their parents in the crisis that took place then. Her commitment to these children has gone way beyond the call of duty, as she has adopted three of them Hannah (left), Ben, and Lydia (right).
There have been more than fifty children in the CRIB work, and they all are going, or have been, to The King’s School, a Christian school where students are educated in English, along with other folk from the city. Many of these fifty are now in secondary school, or have gone on to further education or work.
Chrissie wrote a book about her life with CRIB called "The night the angels came", and it is available on www.amazon.co.uk
visit CRIB's website at sites.google.com/site/cribburundi
CHRISSIE'S LATEST NEWSLETTER - Christmas 2017
Greetings from Burundi.
We are rapidly approaching my most favourite time of the year with Christmas in sight. Children busy studying for end of term exams and those who left for college and university are now getting excited and ready to come back home for Christmas holidays... so great excitement in the camp.
I am once again really looking forward to having my own children come home for Christmas, and my very active 2-year old grandson will keep us all on our toes and busy I have no doubt!
Ben and Hannah are both still living in London, Hannah just completed her GDL (law degree) this year and plans to go back to Uni next year for a final year to do LLB to qualify as a solicitor.
Ben continues to pursue his songwriting and music whilst at the same time working various jobs in photography and videography amongst other things to help pay the bills. Lydia is still enjoying life in Rwanda and Dylan is now in nursery school; he also has his own badge to work as an usher in church on Sundays!
2017 has been quite a year. Looking back to January my main goal this year was to start the long and very challenging task of trying to get birth certificates, identity cards and travel documents for all the CRIB kids. The Lord really gave us favour and it has been amazing to see how far we have got, with all but 2 of our boys now having birth certificates and those 2 will get theirs when they come home from Uni for Christmas and present themselves in the government office where they are issued. Everyone now has their identity card and passport for all those who need them to go for further education outside of Burundi. This exercise may not seem such a big thing to most folk who live in the West, where to obtain such documents usually takes no more than a letter or phone call and mission accomplished, but this is not the case in the Third World, and getting all these documents has been nothing less than a miracle!
This year coming we will have 3 more of our CRIB kids graduate from their universities with BA’s. Grace in Oklahoma graduates in journalism. Budusy in Kenya graduates in computer science. Pacifique in Rwanda graduates in tourism and hotel management.
Then we have Janine and Belize who will complete the first part of their course in hotel and catering services and both plan to register after a nine month work/intern period to go on to do a further 2-year diploma course.
Esther and Jesse will join Samuel and Keve in Kenya to start BA courses in universities in the New Year.
Enoch will graduate from college in California this semester, and will stay for one more semester to work at the same college helping out with tutoring students to save some money to help pay his fees, ready to start his BA in engineering in Uganda in August.
Joy and Dela will start college courses at the YMCA College in Uganda in January so they will join Ruth, Estella and Kosami who have just completed their first semester.
Maria started her midwifery course in September, also in Uganda, and Moise started work with an American company in Nigeria; he is doing very well.
Niyongabo in the end didn't go to start medical training in Uganda this summer due to a mix up with communication and starting dates. However, he is getting great work experience in a small mission hospital up in the countryside which is part of a work started by some friends who we partner with to channel money for a feeding programme they run for malnourished women and children.
And now we will have another group of 7 who graduate from our school here in Burundi this summer, so work begins again in the New Year to see who will go where for their journey of life after CRIB.
We do thank God for His continued provision. It has been once again a real journey of faith, and it continues to be, to get all the fees for all these youngsters to move out and move on and with almost 30 still at home the running costs seem to be pretty much the same, even though quite a number have left, because of the huge increase in food costs and bills. Electricity increased by 90% in September...and water not much better! But my testimony continues to be... ’there is always enough, somehow, all fees paid, all needs met, the Lord is faithful.’
As we move forward into the new year, I am looking at ways of changing some things at CRIB to enable those who have left school and are now working, to be able to live a more independent life. It's difficult to find affordable places to rent for youngsters who don't earn a lot and the cost of living these days is so high, so I am trying to make it possible for this small but ever-increasing group of kids to have a section of the CRIB home to live in. They can contribute towards running costs and start to buy and organise their own food and get some real idea of the next step to living independent lives....so this will be interesting!
I have not had a break this year at all but plan to have a couple of weeks in the UK in April before going to America. I am speaking at a women's conference in early May in Providence and then will go on to California for 3 weeks to visit friends and have some much needed R&R.
I take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your continued support. Your love and support to me and my family and the work here in Burundi is so appreciated.
Thank you to all who have contributed to help us feed the many hungry families who have suffered much because of the severe famine this year.
I wish you God’s richest blessings this Christmas and a very happy and blessed New Year.
Every Blessing, Chrissie
Click here to watch the story of Grace, who was rescued, brought to Chrissie and is now a thriving young woman. Amazing grace.
The Cow Project, Burundi
We also are supporting a project to help hill farmers acquire cows and grow food so that they are well nourished and give good milk yields. Our support helps to buy cows, which are given to hill farmers who are also supplied with seed to enable them to grow suitable food for fodder. Once the cow has calved and the milk begins to flow the farmer is able to use some of the milk for his own personal needs, sell the remainder back to the project, and in time pay for the cow that was donated.
These cows are a real life line for villages and farmers. Their families not only get better nutrition and are consequently healthier, but they have a sustainable income too. The milk is also taken by the project and sold in the towns.
We are also contributing towards a machine which pasteurises the milk so that it keeps longer and is in better condition than it would be in its raw state.
As the farmers are able to buy their own cows and repay the loans this is then reinvested in the scheme to help other farmers obtain cows.
Evariste, who runs the Cow Project, has also started feeding milk to some of the approx. 5000 street kids of Bujumbura. He plans to open a street café where the kids can come and have a cup of milk for free.