Affectionately known as “Mama Dimanche”, Christine Ntahe feeds street children in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, every Sunday – and has been doing that for more than 25 years.
“The work I do is vital and it’s very important,” said the retired children’s radio host at the BBC.
“Most of the children I helped all grew up and have their own families. I can not imagine what would have happened if we had not intervened. “
When she started charity cooking in her backyard, she was cooking for 15 children.
Today she is home to hundreds of children – and she does not just give them one meal a day.
With the help of funds from donors, she dresses her children, finds them a place to sleep and sends them to school.
When asked about the moment that marked her most, she said, “It was the time when a kid I took off the street had a university degree. “
The former host, 69, has received numerous awards for her charity work, including one of the most prestigious awards for men.
The institution of the Bashingantahe, a sort of “wise men” committee, admitted her, making her the only woman ever to be admitted to this exclusive group of traditional councilors.
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