2019 In Review

In 2019, BFI expanded programming, received more diversified funding, added staffing, formed an advisory board of directors, and established an official BFI office in La Jolla, CA.

Our 2019 Story

Economic Empowerment


Women Empowered Program

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BFI is driven by our mission to build self-sustaining communities. Thanks to a Rotary Global Grant of $58,350, we expanded our Women Empowered (WE) project in 2019. The expansion empowers 1,056 new individuals to build savings and invest in business opportunities, offering a significant step to self-sustainability.

Our partnership with Project Concern International (PCI) of San Diego remains strong, and we are grateful to implement their WE methodology in Burundi.

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The WE program will continue to expand in 2020.

In the next two years, BFI will provide more than 2,000 Burundians with training that enables them to launch businesses, build up their communities, and be on the road to steady income and stability.

Education


BFI Brings IT to Burundi

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The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation (PJMF) awarded a $125,000 Information Technology (IT) grant to BFI that will enable us to:

  • Create four IT Centers in existing BFI libraries and centers
  • Provide 200 students with beginning and intermediate IT training
  • Enhance English curriculum to existing BFI students at international standards
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  • Teach 2,000 students peace-building skills that are critical to Burundi’s next generation of leaders, using the Training of Trainers (TofT) method
  • Establish a library system with librarians, security, wifi, restrooms, and safety – a place to read, learn and have access to computers
  • Create libraries with models of sustainability for the future
BFI English Clubs
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Internationally Recognized English Curriculum and Certified Instructors

The U.K. Embassy provided BFI a grant of over $12,000 to implement improved English curriculum and professional trainings for our volunteer instructors in the classroom.

Burundi is a member nation of the East African Community (EAC). We are thrilled to provide Burundian students with English language skills that give access to entrepreneurship opportunities beyond Burundi, enabling communication in the common language used by the EAC.

BFI Leadership Program
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BFI Organizational Management


Staff, Office, & Board

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Staff Expansion and a BFI Office

In the U.S., BFI promoted Melissa Flores from Administrative Manger to Program Manager and hired a consultant to assist with accounting. Having a dedicated officer to oversee all programming will enable BFI to keep pace with the expansion of our in-country activities.

In Burundi, additional staffing has been added to implement the IT grant, expand the WE program, and manage all aspects of our libraries, English Clubs, and more.

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BFI Advisory Board

An Advisory Board was added to BFI’s Board of Directors in 2019. The advisors include BFI Founder, Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, and several other friends of BFI who remain close to the organization. They provide counsel on our business plan, future partnerships, and overall strategic planning.

The year 2020 will be an empowering year for BFI beneficiaries. Our expansion of savings groups, the implementation of excellent English curriculum, and the dream of bringing the world to Burundi in the form of IT is becoming a reality.

The year 2020 will be an empowering year for BFI beneficiaries. Our expansion of savings groups, the implementation of excellent English curriculum, and the dream of bringing the world to Burundi in the form of IT is becoming a reality.

Burundi Friends International

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 opportunities for Burundi, or donate to support BFI’s mission.