Burundi – a small, landlocked country in East Africa – is one of the poorest countries in the world and still recovering from decades of ethnic conflict. It is poorly developed and, although water is abundant, about half the population does not have access to a clean, safe supply of water.
Burundi is the most densely populated country in the region and the population is rising rapidly. Despite the many obstacles, the people show great resilience, strength, determination, and hope. The majority are subsistence farmers, nestled between lush, rolling mountains, where they grow food, make bricks, and do their best to survive.
Burundi has abundant water sources. The capital city, Bujumbura, is on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world. There is good, accessible groundwater in most parts of the country. Although water is plentiful, it is inaccessible to most people.
As a Christ centered organization, Amazi Water is the primary implementer of water projects in Burundi, working to provide sustainable access to clean water in every community by 2028.
20 litres of water
per person per day.
Within a 20-minute
walk from home.
For 100% of Burundi
A basic, single hand-pump system can supply water to a thousand people per day. Our preference is solar-powered, submersible pump system technology with connected tanks and taps where possible. These larger, more sophisticated systems deliver much higher yields, serve double or triple the amount of people and are easier to maintain.
As of mid 2022, we have installed over 600 systems across Burundi, providing clean water to around 1.6 million people. Thanks to our dedicated maintenance team and local community involvement, our wells are operational 95% of the time.
Amazi Water is about more than ‘just’ installing wells – we are committed to growing skills. We employ and train local people whose expertise rapidly develops.
These communities need so much more than water. People are poor, tired from trying to survive, and ready for change. We believe God wants to provide for these people through the Church. We try to include the local Christian community whenever possible.
We also encourage local pastors, share the Gospel and distribute Bibles in the local Kirundi language. Seeing people come to faith in Christ brings great joy to us. Our daily efforts are to honor Christ and see Him glorified in everything we do.
“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…” Romans 12:6
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
“The King will reply: ‘Truly I tell you. Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.”
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
The Peake family visit Burundi for 3 months. They pray & connect with local people. Things go well & the first wells are constructed. An attempted coup creates unrest and the Peakes return to the US.
The Peake and Vanman families form a partnership to make clean water available throughout Burundi by 2028.
The Peake family completes their mission training and officially moves to Burundi.
We build a team and cement partnerships with the Burundi government and other NGOs. Drilling increases; hygiene training and water quality testing are added to the program.
The work expands and we adopt the name Amazi Water.
A hard year with COVID-19 and other difficulties. Drilling slows down.
Doors are re-opened, the green light is given, the Amazi team grows to 150 people. 600 water systems are installed across Burundi by the end of 2021.
Amazi Water will open a technical training school to equip and empower local people with construction skills.
Amazi Water will continue to monitor and evaluate our systems and approach and build strategic partnerships to amplify the impact. We will expand water quality testing and hygiene training. Constructed wells will be maintained and upgraded. Amazi Water will develop a technical training school which will serve to empower and equip many. We will continue to focus on prayer and discipleship. We will always put God first.