What your contribution to Women’s Empowerment/ BFI accomplished

One of our Burundian WONDER WOMEN working with BFI is Odette. She along with Michella, Esperance and Estella are very active in our Women’s Empowerment Clubs. We recently reached out to our donors asking for funding for a training trip to Rwanda for these women. Their trip included sessions at the GASHORA GIRLS ACADEMY (GGAST), a school that partners with …

We All Empower

A woman is a human being We are dreaming, leading, and believing. Our lives are like a journey, we jump loops, like we’re in a hurry But not many people believe we are worthy. A woman takes a stand and we walk together hand in hand. All women are equal and we come together as one And we should stick …

MY INNER TALKS

I grew up in a society where I was humiliated I grew up being discriminated No one sees my value I grew up in a society where I have no right to education, job or speech, I grew up in a society where I have nothing to say or contribute I grew up seeing my grandma, my mom, aunties and …

Beginner English Book Is Going to Press!

From Executive Director Julie Marner BFI is on the verge of providing high-quality beginner English teaching manuals to our volunteer teachers. These are absolutely essential. Gone are the days of smaller classroom sizes – and by small, I mean 35 students. Today each class is jam-packed with 50-70 kids, teens, young adults, and farmers, all learning English side-by-side. With 30,000 …

BFI Shop For a Cause!

We invite all BFI supporters to “BFI Shop For a Cause!” What’s Happening? Ten Thousand Villages, a store in San Antonio, Texas has organized a ‘Shop for a Cause’ event where 15% of purchases will go to BFI’s efforts in education and economic empowerment across Burundi. BFI Shoppers needed! Ten Thousand Villages Store, San Antonio 302 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114 …

Ashleigh Montgomery : Sisterhood

As a volunteer with BFI in Burundi in 2014, I met a young woman who would become a dear friend. In a classroom exercise in Burundi’s oldest English Club, Julie Marner orchestrated an exercise asking youth to challenge the status quo and imagine a world in which it is predominantly women holding traditional leadership roles. The overwhelming male response was …

Furaha Yassin : A Smile of Women

Furaha Yassin is the co-founder and President of Women Vision Association. BFI was lucky enough to meet Furaha in 2014 in Bujumbura. “I learn first about BFI when I got an invitation from a BFI Volunteer to take part in the BFI Women’s Panel, organized by Ashleigh, July, Michelle, who are BFI members.” Furaha led WVA in their first major …

Freshly Roasted for the Season: Burundi Coffee – Ground or Whole Bean

Freshly roasted Burundi coffee is available throughout the holiday season, but quantities are limited. Great gift idea, or a way to make any holiday gathering more special. Share the story of BFI, and some delicious Burundi coffee with your friends and family this year! You can order it below and we’ll ship to your door: Select “Whole Bean” or “Ground” …

The Music of Hope in Burundi – Suzuki Style!

From Executive Director, Julie Marner I first met Aime in 2010 while visiting the orphanage he lived in, My Father’s House.  We sang to each other that day and a musical friendship was born.  In 2011, Aime and I spent time learning piano chords together on his portable synthesizer and in 2013, I recall singing and performing together for street …

Open Minds, Open Hearts, New Potential

BFI made new friends and gained supporters of all ages on a recent East Coast Tour by Executive Director, Julie Marner, and BFI English Club President, Fabrice Bizimana.  Julie and Fabrice were graciously hosted by BFI supporter, Dr. Fiona Mills, Social Science and English Faculty at Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire. It was a fun and enlightening week for …