Club Komera is a Burundian led initiative aimed at enabling ordinary Burundians do extraordinary things. Founded in 2011 by a group of friends in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the club exists to celebrate, support and promote Burundian talent, skills and knowledge through the provision of grants to groups or individuals with innovative ideas that have proven direct impact on their community’s socio-economic development. At Club Komera, we believe Burundi is enriched with invaluable talents, skills and knowledge that need to be invested in so as to enhance the quality of life of every Burundian.
The need Burundi is a small beautifully hilled country situated in East Africa. With population of over 10 million people, Burundi is often passionately referred to as “the heart of Africa” due to its geographic position and shape. Despite the breathtaking landscape the country is endowed with, and the exuberant spirit of its people, Burundi faces a significant number of challenges. High poverty, poor education rates, political instability, and low administrative capacity are some of the major problems the country is yet to overcome. This is what makes Club Komera’s work highly important. At Club Komera, we believe solutions to Burundi’s problems lie in the hands of the people experiencing these problems on day-to-day basis. The ability to bring lasting change rests in the realization that every individual has the potential to change their own lives as well that of their community. Our goal is to empower such individuals with the financial capacity they need to be able to bring their life changing ideas to reality.
Our Response Beginning 2013, Club Komera will call for proposals from the general public. As part of our goal of making Burundians self-sufficient at the same time making economic impact in their communities, we will be awarding grants to groups or individuals who have demonstrated the ability to utilise resources within their reach to make a lasting impact. The program will be focused on three key priorities: the arts, science and technology, and entrepreneurship. The program will be open, and particularly encouraging to disadvantaged groups such as women, the youth, as well as the disabled.
Mission Our mission is to become an international movement of people who care for the welfare of an average Burundian. We will continue to explore different avenues that can be used to make Burundi a better place for everyone. We aim to enliven the spirit of patriotism and love for our country in each and every Burundian wherever they are. Lastly, hope to be able to collectively unite and work towards the progress of our nation in every possible way.