ALARM was registered as a Non–Governmental Organization (NGO) in Burundi in September 2009. ALARM Burundi functions under the overall organizational vision of “Africa without violent tribal and religious conflicts”.
About ALARM Burundi
ALARM Burundi develops servant leaders in the Burundian Church and community who reconcile and transform lives affected by conflict and injustice. ALARM 2016-2020 Strategic Plan guides the focus and the operations of ALARM Burundi. The issues in the country of lies in leadership and governance.
ALARM Burundi therefore, works with leaders, training them in servant leadership and governance, challenging them to focus on the well-being of the whole community. True community transformation and nation-building can be achieved by and with servant leaders who respect humanity and seek to serve them.
ALARM Burundi has trained staff who work with church and community leaders in providing knowledge, tools and skills needed to change the narratives of different families, communities and the nation of Burundi.
Follow up on Peacebuilding Training for police officers
Thematic Areas and Programs Strategy
- Servant Leadership Development: Through training workshops and conferences ALARM trains church leaders, women, youth, community leaders and local government officials, in principles of servant leadership, good governance, mentorship, appreciating diversity and community initiatives. In addition, ALARM targets untrained leaders in church to build their capacity in servant leadership through a three-year spaced program tailored to meet the needs of the target groups.
- Peace Building, Justice and Reconciliation: ALARM equips Church leaders, government and community leaders, women and youth, with skills and knowledge in their roles in peacebuilding, understanding conflict, conflict prevention, conflict resolution, mediation, biblical forgiveness, reconciliation, human rights, trauma healing and social justice.
- Community Transformation: At the root of ALARM’s economic empowerment initiatives is the desire to break the cycle of poverty while encouraging and facilitating reconciliation from tribal, denominational, religious, gender conflicts, among others. Lives and communities are transformed and developed when, leaders (both men and women), women, men, and youth are equipped with skills and knowledge. They are later facilitated to address socio economic challenges through individual and communal projects for sustainable livelihood and social co-existence.
Muyinga Women Leadership Training Institute followup
- Servant Leadership
ALARM Burundi has trained leaders in the church, in the community, in the civil society and in schools. Through Pastoral Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and Women Leadership Training Institute (WLTI), ALARM Burundi has graduated 218 pastors and 75 women leaders from different provinces of the country.
One of ALARM’s key areas is to build the capacity of church and community leaders who then become agents of change and reconciliation in their communities as they address the issues that affect the people. To further achieve this, ALARM Burundi has also conducted general leadership training conferences in 14 out of 18 provinces of Burundi with 840 pastors and 560 women leaders trained.
Since 2018, training for members of the parliament and senators of Burundi was organized and conducted twice by ALARM Burundi on servant leadership and transformational leadership. Various seminars and workshops were also conducted to Sunday school teachers and emerging leaders to empower them to face contemporary issues in their areas of teaching and leadership.ALARM Burundi is committed to continue to develop servant leaders in the Burundian church and community.
- Peacebuilding, Justice and Reconciliation Department
ALARM is contributing a lot to Peacebuilding in Burundi with a remarkable impact, particularly in responding to prevention of conflicts pre-electoral and post-electoral conflicts as well as the promotion peaceful elections in 2010, 2015 and 2020. In 2019 only, 225 leaders including judges, lawyers, women leaders, young leaders, police and military personnel were trained and empowered with varied knowledge and skills.
Since 2007, ALARM Burundi has contributed a lot to the cohesion and integration for applying Arusha Peace Accord and Ceasefire agreements between the government and the ex-rebels. ALARM played a very important role of training senior officers of the police and the army who had just been integrated. ALARM Burundi empowers Christian Police Association of Burundi (CPABU) through various workshops geared to give them knowledge, skills, and attitudes which make them to be effective police of proximity.
Also, ALARM empowers the community of Christian military officers with the purpose of empowering them to shine and portray Christian values in their services to the Nation of Burundi. In 2020, ALARM Burundi organized a workshop for parliamentarians, media officials and youth leaders where they discussed about a non-violent communication to prepare for a healthy and peaceful environment for 2020 peaceful elections.
Elections were successful and people who were trained are thankful to ALARM for the impact of peace that prevailed in the community in particular and in the country in general. Each year, ALARM Burundi raises awareness, facilitates dialogue and training for church leaders from different provinces of Burundi with a global goal of the ownership of the reconciliation ministry by the church and the community leaders. ALARM Burundi has each time accompanied these workshops with trauma healing sessions.
Interfaith and political dialogue, non-violent communication, fight against violence, peaceful conflicts resolution and servant leadership are continuously promoted among young leaders, from different denominations, different political parties and categories combined. This was fruitful because the youth generally behaved well during these last elections particularly in 2020.
Since 2015 and the following years, ALARM Burundi has each year trained Christian judges and lawyers as well as other professionals empowering them for effective restorative justice and development of servant leaders, and the voice of the voiceless.
ALARM Burundi has organized workshops on the role of women in Peacebuilding each year. Participants are women leaders from churches, communities and civil societies mainly in Bujumbura, Ngozi, Gitega and Kirundo. Peacebuilding, justice and reconciliation is a continuous process on a daily basis. ALARM Burundi will continue to pursue this noble mission of reconciliation until the Burundian society is effectively reconciled.
- Community transformation department
Servant Leadership and Reconciliation brings transformation in the community. ALARM Burundi has contributed a lot in community transformation by providing clean drinking water to people in the community. In Bubanza Province, ALARM contributed to the drilling of 18 wells with great impact of the improvement of health conditions of members of the community.
This has saved the community a lot of money they used for medical treatment, and now they use the money for other projects to develop their families. In Mwaro and Bujumbura provinces, ALARM contributed to the provision of grinding mills. This contribution helped women to spare time of many hours they used to spend using tradition tools for grinding, then they were able to use the spared time for other activities to develop the family.
In other provinces, microcredit projects have been started, husbandry of small animals and sewing machines have been granted to women’s groups for their economic empowerment. Since 2012, 45 orphans cared for in different families have been given support by ALARM in providing for school uniforms, school materials, school fees, and other school related needs met, and food provided on a monthly basis.
Many of them have finished high school, they are presently in different universities. Those remaining are in high school. This had a positive impact on orphan guardians’ families who no longer saw these orphans as unnecessary burdens. Orphan guardians were trained on how to care for orphans.
Each of these activities has been accompanied or preceded by training of beneficiaries or stakeholders on how to plan and manage each project for sustainability. Seminars for leaders of churches and communities were organized to equip them with knowledge, skills and attitudes to make community transformation one of the goals and responsibilities of the local church.