The Story Behind Our Foundation
The idea of the Orphans of Our Lady of Sorrows Foundation was started by Nsanzimana Regine and Nsanzimana Didier. During the summer of 2015, their father made a trip to Nairobi, Kenya. While he was there he took a photo which happened to have some poor children sleeping on the ground in the background. When the two siblings saw the picture, they were greatly distressed and saddened at the sight. From that moment they could think about nothing else but helping the poor orphaned children of Africa. They spent months researching and finding information about orphans. It wasn’t until the winter of 2021 that Regine went to Burundi and saw the significant need of the children firsthand. With great fervor, she used her personal savings to purchase land in Kabezi (a province in Burundi). From that moment on, she worked to reestablish the foundation and has since been working ceaselessly in order to build a home for the countless orphan children that she met while in Burundi.
Our Founder, Regine
Regine is a 20-year-old Burundian refugee, born in a refugee camp in Tanzania. Her family immigrated to the United States in 2007. She has been living in Iowa for the past 14 years and is a nursing and psychology student at Grandview University. She hopes to use the knowledge she procures in order to better serve the orphans of Burundi.
Our vision at Orphans Of Our Lady of Sorrows Foundation is to build an orphanage in Burundi and provide orphans with education, safe shelter, food, and emotional/physical support. As a foundation, we have very high hopes for our future. Although it is a lofty goal we hope to accomplish the impossible — that no orphan in Burundi will be left destitute.
"Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."