Burundi is a small heart-shaped country of 27,835 km2 situated in the northern part of Burundi, with a population of more than 8 million people. It is bordered by Rwanda in the north, Democratic Republic of Congo in the north-west and the United Republic of Tanzania in the south and north-east.
The Diocese of Buye is the oldest of the six dioceses which form the Anglican Church of Burundi. It was born on the 11th of June 1965. The Diocese of Buye traces its origin from the coming of the East African Revival started in Rwanda in 1934. It is in 1936 that the British Missionaries escorted by a group of Africans (Ugandans and Rwandans) surveyed Burundi to open a missionary centre “Buye” in the Northern part of Burundi. 29 years later (1965) Buye Centre became a Diocese which at that time could cover the whole of Burundi.
The diocese of Buye has 28 parishes and four archdeaconries. Evangelism is an integral part of every parish's mission, as are health, education and humanitarian initiatives that contribute to the overall wellbeing of the country. From 1993 to 2006, civil war between three ethnic groups ravaged villages, destroying Burundi's infrastructure system and displacing thousands of people. The Diocese of Buye was not spared the consequences of that terrible war. Churches were looted and destroyed and many Anglican members and some of the Clergy were cruelly assassinated.
Since 2009, members of the Edmonton diocese and Anglican Church Women have initiated several projects to help the Buye diocese and Mothers Union improve the health and education of its members. We provided 10,000 mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria, filled a shipping container with medical supplies, worked with PWRDF to build an HIV/AIDS clinic and expand the Buye Hospital maternity ward, outfitting new beds with bedding, provided Dignity Kits to help 2,000 young woman stay in school, quipped clergy with bicycles and enabled the Buye Bible College to open its doors to new students.