Philanthropic Circle

Becoming a member of Concern’s Philanthropic Circle is about more than a donation, but rather an investment, which helps change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people for good. The Circle collectively raises funds to support our programmes with a minimum commitment of three years. 

Supporting families in Burundi

The Circle is currently funding our Graduation Programme in Burundi, a country which ranks 184 out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, education and income).  With two decades of conflict and socio-political unrest ravaging the country, 78% of the population live in poverty and nearly two-thirds of all children under five are chronically malnourished. 

The Graduation model is an innovative approach to addressing such extreme poverty.  It works by accurately targeting extremely poor households and delivering a comprehensive package of support including regular financial support, training, coaching, savings support and a start-up grant on completion of the programme. The aim is to sustainably lift households out of extreme poverty by equipping participants with diversified livelihood options and increased resilience to lifecycle shocks and stresses.

Mum-of-three Marie-Chantal Kwizera is a shining example to others. For the past year, she’s been working as a Concern-supported Light Mother – giving tips to other mums on the best ways to care for their children. Photo: Darren Vaughan/Concern
For the past year, Marie-Chantal Kwizera has been working as a Concern-supported Light Mother.
Members of a Concern-supported local savings and loans scheme (SILC) hold their monthly meeting in in Migezi, Rushanga. Photo: Chris de Bode
Members of a Concern-supported local savings and loans scheme hold their monthly meeting.
Jean-Marie Mbonimpa (30) has just received news at a public meeting held outside Muhuzu primary school in Busoni that he has been selected to take part in a new phase of Concern’s graduation programme. Photo: Chris de Bode/Panos Pictures for Concern Worldwide
Jean-Marie has just received news that he's been selected to take part in our graduation programme.
Married father-of-two Daniel Nsabiyaremye (28) started up a bike repair and carpentry business upon completing Concern's graduation programme in Burundi. Photo: Chris de Bode/Panos Pictures for Concern Worldwide.
Daniel was a participant in Concern's graduation programme. Photo: Chris de Bode/Concern Worldwide.

Tackling entrenched, extreme poverty is challenging - but it is possible.  By joining the Concern Philanthropic Circle, you join a group of people, who together, fund programmes that have a real and lasting impact on the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. 

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