BFI 2016 Strategic Planning Weekend

The BFI Board and several volunteers met over the weekend of September 16-18 in San Diego to discuss and implement a 3 year plan and begin discussions for BFI’s 10 Year Anniversary in 2017. The retreat was facilitated by Cindy Petersen Ed.M., and began with a review of BFI’s history and the lessons we’ve learned from each experience. Our fundraising …

Burundi Coffee – September 2016

Freshly Roasted Gourmet Coffee! BFI now delivers delicious Burundi coffee to your doorstep! Order whole bean or ground and receive a 12-ounce package of coffee known for its intense body and sweetness. It also makes a unique gift for family members and friends. Many thanks to Acoustic Java of Worcester, MA, and Café Moto of San Diego, CA. They help …

BFI Teacher Wins Scholarship

Three years ago, 19-year-old Landry Ndayikeje joined a BFI English Club in Bujumbura. His intense desire to learn and sharp mind helped him to advance quickly. Landry is now one of our 460 valued English Club teachers who work with more than 8,000 students across 13 provinces. Eager to try his new skills, Landry recently entered an English essay contest …

Got Goats?

BFI is back in the goat business — $12,287 worth of goats! In 2013, BFI distributed goats to women coffee growers in Burundi. The result? Crop yields are up due to a reliable source of fertilizer. Families benefit from the consumption and sale of milk, butter, and cheese. Now we’ve started a new project, managed by BFI volunteer Thierry Yungenge. …

Let Me Tell You

by Karorero Xavier I don’t arrive to sleep, when I remember that thousands and thousands of people don’t have food to eat. I don’t arrive to sleep, when I remember that thousands and thousands of people don’t have a where to live. I don’t arrive to sleep, when I remember that thousands and thousands of people leave school. I don’t …

Medical Container Delivered in Burundi

10,000+ Items Promote Healthcare in Burundi BFI is thrilled to announce the off-loading of our medical container in Burundi! In partnership with Project C.U.R.E., we have provided 10,000+ items of medical equipment and supplies to 4 outstanding healthcare groups in Burundi, and another container is ready to be converted into a library. ANSS (Association Nationale de Soutien aux Seropositifs et …

The English Medical Club Thanks You

A note from Alexis Nizigiyimana, Burundi, July 14, 2016: We are really grateful to you and BFI for your support to Burundian community.These 10 laptop will complete 10 laptop that you gave us in 2014.These laptop will be more use for our project called “Empower Youths and Women Through ICT and English Skills Training,” conducted in partnership with U.S. Embassy …

BFI unloading books in Burundi Container Arrives

Books Container Arrives in Burundi

In 2015, your generosity helped BFI to fill a giant shipping container with English books and computers to support education in Burundi. But civil unrest in Burundi put the next steps on hold. Happily, we were able to ship in early 2016. This July, BFI successfully delivered 22,000 books (557 boxes), 10 laptop computers, 15 e-readers, 2 boxes of board …

What does the BFI donation of a Milling Machine Mean in Burundi Africa?

BFI Milling Machine Brings Food, Income, and Peace to Kaniga Villagers

Great things grow from small seeds. For two dedicated men, a seed was planted in the refugee camps of Tanzania. Community services supervisor Lameck Nyabenda and social worker Ntibatuma Syldie were helping refugees who had fled from civil war in Burundi to the camps of Tanzania. The men decided that they must continue their work of building communities and educating …

Together, We Bring Hope and Health to the Poorest of the Poor

You cannot help but be inspired by Léonard Ngendakumana. This man of vision and compassion dedicates his life to improving the lives of his fellow Burundians. Léonard is a driving force in FUCOS (Force des Universitaires Contre le SIDA et Promotion de la Santé), an organization created in 2000 to fight the transmission and spread of HIV, promote sexual/reproductive health …