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BFI’s Team of Seven, Tour de Force!
Part 2: One Special Place

By Executive Director, Julie Marner

To quickly recap, we flew to Burundi, we landed and jumped immediately into a conference call with HP, we met with BFI’s Health Department and the next day, Susanna Han met her violin student to launch the Suzuki Violin Method. The rest of the team started our first full day together sipping Burundi coffee and eating fresh pineapple, bananas, avocado and toast, and passion fruit. We then hopped into two BFI jeeps, thanks to BFI supporters! and drove 10 minutes to the site of our two-day teacher training session.
Super Hero BFI Volunteer Sylvia Anderson spent two long days teaching 100 of BFI’s most amazing volunteers spanning all 18 provinces in Burundi. These volunteers traveled to the capital, Bujumbura, some for the first time, and spent two days learning from Sylvia how to build up English curriculum, how to instruct students at various stages of learning all in one classroom, how to motivate students, and how to build unity and cohesion throughout their classrooms and communities. No small task! By the way, no single Super Hero works without help from friends. Assisting Sylvia was BFI Volunteer, Valerie Quick. More about her vital role on our team in Part Three!
Sylvia’s training was given a jolt this year due to the brilliance of Matthew Moore, Founder and Artistic Director of Improv for the People (IFTP). As one of BFI’s newest volunteers, Matthew brings out the fun and laughter so many of us have previously experienced in working with Burundian youth. 
Matthew and IFTP will be performing in San Diego early next year! Stay tuned. Matt explains his experience in Burundi, "Teaching improv with BFI in Burundi was a profound experience. The Burundians we worked with are passionate about their futures and I was humbled to be a part of this trip. This is one special place.”
Read more about travel days 2-6 by clicking on the link to our website.
Thank you, BFI Family!
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September Marks Back to School!

so we again ask for your support for our BFI School Supplies!
  • $25 toward Chalk – for our blackboards, of course!
  • $50 toward Beginner English Manuals – to reach more clubs, because the growing is on fire.
  • $100 for Fuel - to keep our jeep moving forward and in great shape for our invaluable leaders.
  • $500 toward Tuition Costs – for our 40 college students training to become amazing Burundian citizens.
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