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Village Health Works is a grassroots non-profit organization providing quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment to the most vulnerable community members in rural Burundi, East Africa. VHW treats the root causes and social determinants of illness, disease, violence, and neglect in collaboration with those we serve, who share our vision of a healthier, more just, peaceful, and prosperous society in Burundi and beyond. The VHW model is grassroots, holistic, results-driven, collaborative, and scalable. Tax ID 45-0545435


What We Do:  Today, VHW operates the Burundi's premier health center, agricultural and environmental programs, educational services, women’s income-generating activities, and a number of other community development programs.


Where We Work:  Burundi is a post-conflict country that is off the map. In 2006, the World Bank declared Burundi the poorest country in the world. Burundi at a glance: 

Population:  10.4 million people

88% living in rural area

Agriculture-based economy

Languages: Kirundi, French, English

$155.06 GDP per capita

81.3% living on <$1.25 a day

180 of 187 countries on the 2014 UN Human Development Index

Who We Are: Deogratias “Deo” Niyizonkiza is the founder and chief executive officer of Village Health Works. Deo is the protagonist of The New York Times bestseller Strength In What Remains, which depicts Deo’s journey from medical student in Burundi, to struggling immigrant in New York City, to Ivy League-educated global health practitioner and doctor-in-training. Heis the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 People to People International’s Eisenhower Medallion Award, a 2013 honorary degree from Williams College, the 2011 International Medal Award of St John’s University and the 2010 Women Refugee Commission’s Voices of Courage Award.