Burundi Friends International


Empowering Communities. Eliminating Poverty.

Our Mission

BFI unites and educates youth, women, and men, creates economic empowerment, and builds self-sustaining communities in Burundi, East Africa.

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Burundi

Burundi is a small country in East Africa about the size of Maryland, located between Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.  Burundi is divided into 18 provinces, with its capital in Gitega.  While the primary languages of Burundi are Kirundi, Swahili and French, the primary language of business (and associated opportunity) throughout Africa is English.

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Empowering Burundi Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

BFI’s Education and Economic Empowerment programming efforts specifically align with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with an emphasis on the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Our mission is to develop and culminate these focuses in order to one day achieve Sustainable Development Goal #1 in Burundi - No Poverty.

Education & English Clubs

Knowledge is power. BFI works to expand opportunity in Burundi by providing learning materials to the eighteen provinces to propel education and support Burundians in their search for knowledge.  Learn More about BFI’s Education Pillar

Economic Empowerment

Here at BFI, we believe that self-sustainability and economic empowerment are created through education not hand outs. We have been working with women coffee growers to achieve this and meet our goals of ending poverty in Burundi. Learn More about BFI’s Economic Empowerment Pillar.

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Q&A with Dugan Lamoise, on BFI’s Women Empowered Project


A $58,350 Rotary Global Grant with BFI and the Rotary Clubs of Del Mar, California and Bujumbura, Burundi was initiated in the Spring of 2019 followed by a recent site visit by Dugan Lamoise, Vice President of Del Mar Rotary, and her husband, Philippe. We are so grateful for this substantial fund

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Odette Nibizi Savings Group Success Story


"My name is Odette Nibizi, 1st group member and key keeper. I am married and have 4 children, 3 of them studying in primary school. We were told there is a meeting specific for women. I attended the meeting and I was convinced at its end. It was my first time to be in an association.

02 November 2019 bekejiub

Let's Bring #GivingTuesday to Burundi!


Mark your calendars for December 3rd, because GivingTuesday is just around the corner! Have you heard of GivingTuesday?

BFI Newsletters Share Stories of our Success and Keep You up to Date

The BFI monthly newsletter provides insight into the lives of the Burundian people and communities we serve.  Learn more about our work, and the impact it is making in Burundi.

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If you would like to learn more about Burundi Friends International and how you can help or volunteer, contact us and join in work that provides genuine hope, and a path to the future!

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4321 Eastgate Mall Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: 619-800-2340
info@bufri.org

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BFI is headquartered in San Diego, CA with offices on the East and West coasts of the United States of America