72 Miles + $72 Donation = 20 Intermediate English Books in Burundi

News Flash! 72 miles and over 7 hours of riding! That’s what Day 2 of RAGBRAI had in store for our Cycling4Burundi team. Riding from Denison to Jefferson, the team faced one broken spoke and 2 falls off bikes (not naming any names but the 2 spills may or may not have been Julie and Fabrice…) Word on the Jefferson …

Day 1 of RAGBRAI and Julie’s Already in the Sag Wagon

Breaking News from Iowa! Day 1 of RAGBRAI started in Onawa, took the riders 43.5 miles with 1,558 feet of climb, and finished in Denison. And supposedly this is the easiest day of the entire route! We’re happy to report that all Cycling4Burundi team members made it to destination Denison in one piece. However, the ride proved to be an …

Oh, the Iowan Places You’ll Go!

You’ve read exciting interviews with each of our Cycling4Burundi team members! You’ve seen what bicycles mean to everyday life in different parts of Burundi! And starting tomorrow, the time has finally come for the Feature Presentation. Without further ado, we bring you, the start of RAGBRAI! That’s right, the team’s 7-day adventure ride across 428.1 miles (reminder, that’s an average …

To Ride is Life

Today we take you on a ride to Gihanga Commune in Bubanza Province. In this community, bicycles are a necessity for daily survival. Community members most basic needs, like access to clean water, can only be met by riding miles from home on bike. The most common phrase we heard to describe Gihanga was a striking one: “To Ride Is …

Family + Friendship = BFI

When people ask about BFI, we usually talk about our Mission, our Vision, and the projects we’re passionate about in Burundi. You’ve probably heard us discussing Education, Economic Empowerment, and English Clubs. But one of the most important things about our BFI Family, is that it’s built on Friendship. Friendships that know no borders or boundaries, and that extend from …

Tools of Transport and Transformation – Interview with Innocent Niyongabo

This just in! We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you the man of this and every hour, Innocent Niyongabo! As Vice President of the BFI English Education Program, Innocent was once described as ‘The Burundian MLK’. This comes as no surprise because to know Innocent is to know inspiration, courage, and humility. His love for his fellow being …

Be Like Tom!

What do you envision yourself doing when you’re 65? From a list of endless options, you could spend your time enjoying retirement, taking beachfront vacations, or finally getting around to writing that best-selling memoir. Once you’ve sufficiently exhausted these options, you can try dabbling in general relaxation, taking more time for self-reflection, and going on that trip you’ve always promised …

Stories of Love, Dating, and Bicycles in Upcountry Burundi

Today we take you to upcountry Burundi, which can only be reached by off-roading, 4-by-4ing, or, if you have the strength and stamina, cycling! And believe us, you want to stay tuned. You’ve seen how bicycles are imperative for basic needs like collecting water in rural areas. You’ve been amazed by how many Burundians traverse hilly terrains, carrying heavy loads …

Interview with Jane Hanson – The Team’s Most Experienced Rider!

If you know anything about BFI Executive Director Julie Marner, you know that she lives, breathes, eats, sleeps, and embodies everything Burundi. We have it on good authority that after her first trip to Burundi in December 2010, no one in the history of conversations with Julie has made it out without hearing something about BFI, Burundi, or both! Julie …

Riding in Rural Burundi

You’ve already been to Bujumbura City and back again on our RAGBRAI journey; where will the adventure take you next?! Today we travel to Gitega Province, to explore the importance of bicycles in more rural areas of Burundi. We asked our Burundian partners and friends to share their bicycles stories with us – Odette Habonimana, BFI’s National Women’s Empowerment Coordinator …