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Join Us In a Mission Worthy of Your Spirit

BFI AR CoverWelcome to Burundi Friends International – an organization that is committed to Fighting Poverty, Educating Youth and Providing Hope in the one of the most economically challenged places on earth: Burundi, Africa.

Burundi is a small country in East Africa about the size of Maryland, located between Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.  Burundi is divided into 18 provinces, with its capital in Bujumbura.  While the primary languages of Burundi are Kirundi, Swahili and French, the primary language of business (and associated opportunity) throughout Africa is English.

Are you interested in making a genuine difference in the lives of individuals, while working to put an end to their poverty?  

Do you believe that a lasting solution is not found in a hand out, but through education and economic empowerment?  

Are you prepared to provide hope to those who are ready to undertake the work necessary to move themselves and their communities forward?

If so, the following video is a good first step on your journey:

Update: November 2017 – All donations for the rest of 2017 will be matched by a special BFI donor up to $100,000!

Your generous gift will have twice the impact and support BFI’s mission to fight poverty by sustaining Burundi communities through partnerships in education, healthcare, and economic empowerment.

Here We Goat Again!


BFI’s Holiday Goats Program is Back!

Women are critical to poverty reduction given the central role they play in agricultural production, raising children, and managing their households.

The goal of BFI’s Holiday Goat Program is to provide a goat to each woman member of AGATEKA (meaning “Dignity” in Kirundi), and run workshops for them focused on animal husbandry skills and financial literacy.

This will help them raise the goats in an optimal manner, and maximize the production of fertilizer and milk.

Baaa (buy) a Goat!

Spread the Love & Give a Gift
Which Empowers a Family Across the Globe!


Instead of sending a gift as usual, you can donate a goat in the name of your friend, family member or business associate. BFI will send them a special holiday card explaining your gift in their name. Or, you may simply donate a goat and we’ll send the ornament to you!

The FIRST 100 goats purchased will also receive an adorable authentic Burundian angel ornament, one ornament per goat.

When you reach our donation page, you may add the name and address of the person(s) you wish to receive an ornament or you may Email Julie Marner our executive director with your wishes.

Give a special gift this season, give a goat!


Education & English Clubs

Knowledge is power. BFI works to expand opportunity in Burundi by providing learning materials to the seventeen provinces to propel education and support Burundians in their search for knowledge.  Learn More about BFI’s Education Pillar


Economic Empowerment

Here at BFI, we believe that self-sustainability and economic empowerment are created through education not hand outs. We have been working with women coffee growers to achieve this and meet our goals of ending poverty in Burundi.  Learn More about BFI’s  Economic Empowerment Pillar


Healthcare & Medical Supplies

In partnership with MedShare and Project C.U.R.E., BFI has been working with Burundian clinics to discover medical needs and provide necessary medical equipment to create brighter and healthier futures.  Learn More about BFI’s Healthcare Pillar


United, we make brighter futures. Lend a friendly hand.

Donate Today – Your Gift Will be Matched!

Giving Tuesday – A special opportunity to provide a goat to a Burundian family, along with workshops on animal husbandry, financial literacy, and maximizing production of fertilizer and milk.

Remember – A special BFI donor will match all donations up to $100,000, allowing BFI to provide twice as much assistance to the people of Burundi!

Join BFI’s Monthly “Walking Together” Program:

Donate to “Walking Together”

Make a One-Time Gift to Support BFI’s Work:

Make a One Time Gift

Over 90% of every dollar contributed to BFI is used toward our mission

BFI Newsletters Share Stories of our Success and Keep You up to Date

The BFI monthly newsletter provides insight into the lives of the Burundian people and communities we serve.  Learn more about our work, and the impact it is making in Burundi.

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Ready to Join BFI in our Efforts to Change the World?

If you would like to learn more about Burundi Friends International and how you can help or volunteer, contact us and join in work that provides genuine hope, and a path to the future!


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San Diego, CA 92192-7356
Phone: 619-800-2340