There were two crises in June and July: (i) the COVID-19 pandemic, (ii) the unexpected death of President Nkurunziza Pierre. And we were in the ongoing 2020 election period.
Since December 2019, COVID-19 has frightened the whole world. Since March 2020, Burundi began to acknowledge that it would not be spared when its first case was declared. However, speed to fight the virus was slow as the triple election was under preparation and the campaign for it very close.
CRS and its Dukire-Tubane project pushed to protect its staff, partners and beneficiaries of its project.
On June 6th, the new government showed devoted intention to fight the virus with a 3-month campaign at the national level by applying a 50% reduction in the price of soap and in the price of water for those living in villages and towns that must pay for water.
Since then, there has been cooperation among national and local government, international organizations, and religious groups to prevent and fight against the COVID 19. The launching of political and diplomatic relations with the European Union and others was even postponed.
Then, the unexpected death of President Nkurunziza Pierre made many Burundians desolate as they feared a new period of incredible violence like we experienced in 1993. The ongoing elections period continued with a kind of incertitude that people felt could not be ended peacefully. The feeling of desolation continued until the day of the swearing-in of the new President.
The success of the Dukire-Tubane activities planned and accomplished during the last three months period indicates that the contribution of the project in these two provinces since 2017 has made an impact. The extension of the Dukire-Tubane Project was a special decision as it allowed CRS and its partners to stay near the beneficiaries who want to see the project extended to the national level.