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
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.