Improving community cohesion among people of all backgrounds by leveraging communal structures to improve health and economic outcomes.
Peter Ndayihereje is the Community Engagement Program Director for Village Health Works, a nonprofit organization that provides primary healthcare services, education, sustainable agriculture, and economic development programs in Kigutu, Burundi. For the past 12 years, Peter has worked with Village Health Works in rural Burundi, serving an area of roughly 300,000 people. The focus of his work is improving community cohesion among people of all backgrounds and strengthening resilience among vulnerable populations by leveraging communal structures and providing health education and skills training. Following the civil war in Burundi, Peter founded a drum group as an undergraduate student to mobilize young people to spread messages about peace through music and dance. Music continues to play an important role in his work at Village Health Works where he created a musical troupe to communicate healthcare practices to prevent and fight HIV, tuberculosis, and other diseases. Peter received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Université Lumière de Bujumbura in Burundi.
Biography current as of 2018-2019 program year