Our Mission

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Our Organization

Burundi Friends International was started by a group of women who met at a women’s retreat in May 2007. One of the women at the retreat grew up in Burundi and expressed her dream of helping her country out of poverty. With that, BFI was born.

Our Mission

Our mission is to fight poverty by sustaining communities through partnerships in education, healthcare, and economic empowerment.

We are a small but passionate group working to fulfill those three pillars that form our foundation, as they play a crucial role in directing the projects that we undertake. BFI hopes to be ambassador to the people of Burundi in voicing their existence, state of life, and obtaining and providing assistance that will help to result in a future of more stability.

How We Work

Our approach is two-pronged. Board members periodically visit Burundi to determine the needs of the people that align with our mission. In the US, we develop projects based on those assessments, partner with governments and other nonprofits if and when necessary, raise funds through organized activities and recruit volunteers with the appropriate skills and drive to make a difference in the world in order to accomplish goals. Then we return to Burundi and, with the assistance of Burundian volunteers and organizations, carry out projects.

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We invite you to review our BFI 2015 Annual Report to learn more about our programs and financial information.

 

Partners

  • Project C.U.R.E
  • Women’s Empowerment International (WE)
  • Newman Center Catholic Community at UCSD
  • Village Health Works (VHW)
  • Books for Africa (BFA)
  • MedShare
  • Good Samaritan Episcopal Church (Good Sam)
  • International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA)
  • Save Africa’s Children
  • The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint Newspaper

Supporters

  • PCI Global
  • U.S. Embassy of Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Light University
  • Saint John the Evangelist Church, Encinitas
  • Holy Trinity Church, El Cajon
  • Global TIES Program, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering
  • PACE Program, Williamette University
  • Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE)
  • Burundian Women Entrepreneurs Association (AFAB)
  • Global Outsource Partners

Organizations

  • National Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
  • Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
  • Cafe Moto
  • Logo Expressions
  • San Diego Printing
  • Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community (MMACC)
  • Church of Saint Thomas More, Oceanside
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Vista
  • Qualcomm
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Pandora
  • SalesForce
  • Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Alpine
  • The Immaculata Parish, University of San Diego (USD)
  • San Diego Mandolin Orchestra
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Lancaster Performing Arts Center
  • Art Miles Mural Project (AMMP)
  • Old Town Academy (OTA)
  • Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi
  • ING Foundation
  • DLA Piper
  • Suzuki Heritage Center

Supported Educational Institutions

  • Cibitoke English Club
  • BFI English Club
  • Light University
  • University of Bujumbura (UOB)
  • New Generation

Hospitals and Clinics

  • District Hospital Ijenda
  • ANSS HIV/AIDS Clinic
  • Village Health Works in Kigutu
  • Mugongo Manga Clinic

Orphanages

  • Orphanage of the Sisters of Calcutta
  • OASIS Orphanage
  • Our Lady of Misercorde Orphanage
  • Father’s House Orphanage
  • Sarah’s House Orphanage

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Burundi Friends International (BFI) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  We invite you to contact us to volunteer and join in our work to end poverty and create self-sustaining opportunity for Burundi, or donate to support BFI’s mission.