A Children’s Song

I’ve had this melody looping through my head for the last few days.  It is a children’s song.   The chorus says: what have I done to deserve this, what […]

To have and to hold

On this, the Matara community’s third anniversary, the women paraded forward with handmade pots to give.  They shared that this is an old Batwa tradition, to make clay pots, but […]

Work hard, play hard!

We arrived at Matara just as the women gathered to go down to the fields… with extra tools for us!  So we spent a full morning working in two fields, […]

Grand Opening(s)

Last week Kazoza Finance opened it’s doors to the public, offering basic banking services to the community at large.  This was the next step forward in our dream of identifying […]

Claude – one, two, three!

You are, no doubt, familiar with Claude.  He is the man behind Communities of Hope.  Claude is a man of vision, compassion and a robust sense of humor.  He believes […]

Day by Day

Lack of a birth certificate in Burundi means that you cannot take your child to the local clinic for healthcare – even though the country offers free treatment for all […]

A Christmas Party!

Yesterday there was a Christmas Party in Matara! All the Community of Faith / Communities of Hope staff traveled to Matara to celebrate together with the families there the good […]

Come forward and be seen!

The women pushed in close for the picture with their ink-stained fingers, clutching their blue cards. Smiles were hard to contain – and why should they even try? This was […]

The Arrival of Trees

The trees arrived to Bubanza! The saplings were all unloaded… looking like a verdant swath of green on the parched landscape. Some friends were on-hand and ready to help plant […]

A New Address

The students at the Batwa Education Project have a new address! They returned from summer break and moved into their new home just in time to prepare for the beginning […]

Another Beginning

This week life for this little girl is going to start changing. It might be slow and almost invisible at first. But starting this week, friends have come to stand […]

Just to brighten your day…

Smiles from the children of Matara to brighten your day!His smile is contagious – I just can’t help but smile right back! Another sweet smile… with Iribuka peeking out with […]

Miguel goes to Africa!

Miguel traveled from Costa Rica to Burundi to meet up with Claude and see first-hand the communities in Burundi. Claude also invited him to come and share his expertise in […]

Nine days I will never forget…

A guest post by Communityfor Burundi Committee Member and Burundian Parliamentarian, the Honorable Etienne Ndayishimiye:   It all started last May when I was attending The Gathering in Kigali, Rwanda, […]


Welcome to the Communityfor International Director’s Blog, where I, David Shook, will keep you informed of things happening on my side of our work together. I hope that this blog can […]