One People, One Destiny, in Peaceful Co-Existence
Burundi is a small country in central East Africa located between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. While the native language of Burundi is Kirundi, most Burundians also speak Swahili and French.
An urgent push to acquire basic proficiency in English is driven by the formation of the East African Community (EAC), an economic union of six area countries. The EAC promotes shared infrastructure, customs, currency, and market outreach to Africa and the world: “One People, One Destiny, in Peaceful Co-Existence.”
Burundi is divided into 18 provinces with its capital in Gitega. Although a small country, it has a population of 11.83 million people. That's twice as many people as the state of Maryland with about the same land area.
Currently, 56% of Burundi's population is under the age of 20, making the youth in Burundi their greatest asset. The potential of youth can be immense if engaged today!
Board of Directors
- Liz Clarke, Chair and Treasurer
- Val Quick, Secretary
- Krista Freitag, Internal Control Officer
- Prosper Gahungu
- Nicholas Kawuka
- Barbara Kelly
- Rene Keres
- Patricia Kidwingira
- Ashleigh Montgomery
- Tracy Cambron West
- Thierry Yungenge
- Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, Founder
- Leonce Ndikumana
- Alice Niyondagara
- Doug Novak
- Julie Marner, Executive Director
- Melissa Flores, Program Coordinator
- Karorero Xavier, BFI In-Country Team Leader
- Innocent Niyongabo, BFI In-Country Team Leader
- Odette Habonimana, BFI In-Country Team Leader
- Celestin Habimana, General Manager
- Florentine Nzisabira, Legal Council
- Audifax Bakundukize, Advisor
- Prosper Niyongere, Secretary
- Grace Rutabandi, Treasurer
"In every corner of Burundi we find there are BFI volunteers, ie. change agent," -Dieudonné Maniragaba, the provincial leader of Education at Ruyigi BFI.
BFI Business Model
College Tuition Program
Creative. Smart. Hopeful. Entrepreneurial. Innovative. These characteristics exemplify our college students. They are the future, the ones who will lead Burundi’s 5 million children under the age of 15.