Maggy Barankitse received The World's Childrens Prize Award 2003 for her over 15-year struggle to help children in Burundi, where armed conflict continues to take place.
Maggy has directly saved the lives of 25 children and helped over 10,000 children to a better life. She builds villages of 500 houses where orphaned children can grow up in ‘families’. They receive food, clothing, medical care, schooling, homes and love! Maggy helps children from all the people groups and religions of the country, teaching them that they are all equal. She also helps poor children in neighbouring villages, and shows that people in Burundi can help one another.
All 30,000 people who live in and around Maggy’s villages are offered medical care at the hospital she has had built. Maggy takes risks when she points out that Burundi’s politicians, army and rebels violate children’s rights.
Learn more about Maggy in the Globe Magazine from 2003:
Text: Andreas Lönn, Photos: Paul Blomgren
The facts and figures on this page were accurate at the time of writing, in 2003