Village Health Works

Provides quality, community-driven medical care and local development projects--particularly for women and children. Saves lives and transforms communities in Burundi, East Africa.

Village Health Works delivers world-class, community-driven medical care and local development initiatives from what has rapidly become the premiere health facility in Burundi.

clinic croppedTo treat the root causes of disease and illness, VHW combines quality health care through its clinic in Kigutu, in southwest Burundi, with development initiatives identified by and implemented with members of the community, including projects addressing sustainable agriculture, education, skills development, and gender-based violence prevention.

The clinic was the dream of VHW’s founder, Deo Niyizonkiza, a medical student who fled to the United States after surviving a massacre at a Burundi hospital during the country’s 1993-2006 civil war. (Deo’s extraordinary story of his journey from Burundi to the U.S. is told in Tracy Kidder’s New York Times bestseller Strength in What Remains.) Deo went on to study science and medicine in the U.S. and then returned to Burundi. He believed that providing needed health care and related community development projects would foster peace-building and reconciliation in the region.

Since 2007, when the community in Kigutu came together to build the clinic, Deo’s dream has become a reality. Tens of thousands of people have been are treated at the clinic, community members are working together to improve farming and incomes, and hundreds of children have enrolled in school.

Contact Information

Village Health Works
45 W. 36th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10018
P: (917) 546-9219

Financial Information

Village Health Works is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner Photo: Community members help cultivate Village Health Works’ food security gardens.
Photo: The community of Kigutu, Burundi, came together to build the first modern medical clinic in the region.

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Your contributions will directly fund life-saving services, including medicine and lab diagnostics for our clinic, our food security gardens and women's cooperatives, and supplies for our preschool and after school program.

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To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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