Special Thank You’s From Burundi

The thank you notes below have been written by some of our Burundian leaders, who have been working on mastering English as their fourth language. They have been unedited so that you may enjoy and witness the amazing results of your continued support.   “Hi all, My name is Karorero Xavier a National Representative of United Forces of Partners for …

BFI’s Team of Seven, Tour de Force!

Tour de Force, Part One: Hewlett Packard, Health, Making Music and Developing Beautiful Hearts By Executive Director, Julie Marner   As mentioned in our BFI newsletter, upon landing at Bujumbura’s International Airport, we headed to the hotel immediately for our Hewlett Packard Skype session introducing off-line learning to our BFI IT Department. Thanks to a grant from H.P., the seven of us who …

BFI’s Team of Seven, Tour de Force! Part 2: One Special Place

By Executive Director, Julie Marner The beauty of having seven of us visit Burundi in August was that we were able to divide into teams. While Val and Matt stayed by Sylvia’s side assisting her at the teacher training workshop, Susanna continued working with her violin students, leaving three of us to work with BFI leaders about a new exciting …

That’s a Wrap!

It’s officially official. Today marks the LAST DAY to donate for RAGBRAI 2018. We could really use your support to help us wrap up this Campaign with a bang! Any and every amount helps – no donation is too small to support BFI’s Education efforts in Burundi: https://www.classy.org/campaign/cycling4burundi/c191396. But wait…there’s more! Donate today and ride tomorrow. Julie is starting the …

Ask What You Can Do for RAGBRAI…

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to donate to our 2018 RAGBRAI Ride! If you thrive off deadlines, now is your time to shine! Donate $35 towards 10 BFI Intermediate English Books for our learners in Burundi today: https://www.classy.org/campaign/cycling4burundi/c191396. Enjoyed the RAGBRAI adventure saga?! Then stay tuned because next Monday, 7 BFI-ers are off to Burundi, and we can’t wait to …

Creative Genius: Live from the BFI IT Department

IF YOU WATCH 1 THING TODAY IT SHOULD BE THIS! Our friends in Burundi send a heartfelt thank you to the whole BFI Family, for your support of RAGBRAI! To express their gratitude to our 6 Cycling4Burundi team members, and to everyone who showed encouragement and love to the team throughout their daring journey, the BFI IT Department generously produced …

Huge Thanks to Our BFI Family!

On behalf of the entire Cycling4Burundi team, we want to take a moment to thank our BFI Family! Thank you for your outpouring of support, encouragement, and love throughout our RAGBRAI journey! What a wild ride it’s been and you have made all the difference in us making it across the finish line. We are so excited for all the …

Iowa in July

“And by the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on that day He rested from all His work.” Genesis 2:3. God may have rested on the 7th day, but our Cycling4Burundi team sure didn’t – they spent yesterday finishing the final 69 miles of their week-long ride across Iowa. So, just how is our …

The Final Cycle

RAGBRAI Day 7: The Final Cycle! Today our team successfully completed the final 69 miles of their week-long adventure across Iowa! Today’s ride started in Iowa City, and took them to Davenport, where they rolled into their final destination. The team fulfilled the RAGBRAI tradition of ending the ride by dipping their tires into the rivers of the final host …

Professional Athletes, Julie’s Parents, and a Warm Welcome!

Live from RAGBRAI we bring you, Day 6! Today’s ride took our team on a 58-mile ride, from charming Sigourney to the big city life in Iowa City! Along the way, the team received a warm welcome in Kalona, and rode through Hills, the home of Julie’s wonderful parents and avid BFI and Burundi supporters, Marv and Helen. And you …