The President of Burundi and MANA at Forest Hill Church

Forest Hill children, Noah and Evan, taste MANA while their mother teaches them about childhood malnutrition.

Last Sunday, Sept. 25, we at MANA Nutrition were honored to be a part of Charlotte’s Forest Hill Church’s global missions program as they hosted the president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, and pledged 100 boxes of MANA RUTF to the African nation, one of the poorest countries in the world.

The president’s visit came in the midst of the church’s program to aid Burundi in its efforts of reconciliation and peace after a 15-year civil war that ended in 2005. Forest Hill’s primary effort is to establish a Reconciliation Center in the capital city of Bujmbura that will provide leadership resources for pastors, civil officials, educators, women and children.

Last Sunday, President Nkurunziza addressed the congregation at Forest Hill’s Southpark location on the tumultuous history of Burundi and his own reliance on God. After hearing what the nation is currently doing to improve the lives of its citizens, the church announced a pledge of 15,000 MANA RUTF packets to Burundi, enough to provide 100 children with life-saving, six-week treatments. In addition to this support, each family in the congregation was given a packet of MANA RUTF that Sunday to promote awareness of global needs.

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