(Trustees: Geoffrey & Georgette Butera, Rev. Keith & Anne Jarvis, Rev. Kevin & Anne-Marie Jones, Ian & Judith Mayer)

Carine is one of the orphans ACTS has been helping for 20 years, can you help with her continuing care?

Here is Carine Ndizigiye’s story – Can you help? 


Carine was born in August 1989, in a village near Buhiga, in the North East of Burundi. She was the eldest child in the family.

Carine badly survived the 1993 civil war genocide in Burundi. This is what she said when we found her: “I remember one morning at around 10 am, we heard screams in a small lane near our house. Most of the roads had been sealed off and the killing had started. My dad lifted me up and we went hiding in our banana plantation. My mum had my two young sisters. My dad was very frightened and sweating a lot. I was scared. My dad decided to take me back home and handed me to his young sister and asked her to take me away saying that he couldn’t stand seeing me being killed.

People were running away in all directions. We met other people fleeing and we followed them. We met pygmies who lived in our property and they decided to look after us. They asked us to follow them. There lived a kind man, a Hutu who hid us where he kept his goats. After a few days he asked us to leave because his sons had heard a baby’s cry. We stayed in the bush for 2 weeks and it was very hard. Someone heard where my mum was hiding and took my young sister to her and I never saw them again. After that we heard people calling us. We thought that they were going to kill us but we soon realised that they were soldiers sent by the local Administrator to look for us as his mother was with us. We were escorted to the refugee camp that had been recently set up. It is in the camp that I heard that my parents and sisters had been killed with many other people. I did not believe it because I kept hoping that they fled to another place. I lived in appalling, squalid conditions in the refugee camp from 1993 until 1997. Someone who knew my parents took me to Bujumbura and there I was taken on by the charity ACTS, being looked after by Judith (Georgette’s sister). My bone disease started in 1999. In 2000 I heard that people from England paid someone to take me to Kampala for treatment. I was operated on, got better and said goodbye to my wheel chair”.

Carine’s 2000 treatment was a concerted effort.

My sister Judith helped ACTS to look after orphans before coming to England. Judith and Carine became great friends I became her ‘mother’. Carine received her travel documents, was flown out for an operation on her legs on Monday 10/4/2000 to Entebbe, escorted by Christine Nifasha. I had negotiated their air tickets but could not find anyone to give them enough cash to live on for the next two months.

Fortunately, Rev Keith Jarvis knew someone who was going to see Graham Carr in Uganda the week after. The operation was successful and all things worked wonderfully. People were generous and all the money needed was raised on time to enable her to travel back to Burundi with her new crutches. After a few months she was walking unaided.

Twelve years on

The bone infection returned. Carine has been helped through secondary education and has passed all her exams. Unfortunately, her sponsor could not support her through university. I took on the responsibility but was not expecting a young girl like her to keep suffering. I was distraught when I saw the picture of her femur but was also convinced that she should have treatment. I have no idea what the medical fees were going to be but her health comes before university studies. I took the decision of sending her to hospital and through much prayer, God again provided the money needed for her operation. Carine has thankfully returned to continue her studies but relies on the generous gift of others to fund her studies. Each of the two terms is £1,300 and the money is due for this second term 2014.

Please pray for God to provide through the kindness of His children and if you feel that you could contribute in anyway to see Carine through her degree then please contact ACTS through one of the trustees or by asking the editors for details.

Thank you so much for what you have done and whatever you will do for Carine and uphold her in your prayers.

Yours sincerely,

Georgette Butera