BFI News: 20 days to max out $100K matching offer - Empower women of AGATEKA with the gift of a goat - A holiday thank-you from our hearts to yours.
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Burundi Friends International : Fighting Poverty, Educating Youth, Providing Hope

20 Days to Join the Herd!
Help Baaaaarundi Now!

December 12, 2017

smiling children in Burundi

20 Days Left to Match $100K Offer!

Together we've raised $51,337 — times two! — toward our goal, thanks to your amazing generosity and our wonderful matching donor. This is terrific news! Soon we’ll be able to direct more than $100,000 to advance BFI's education and economic empowerment programs across Burundi.

Now it’s really time to get to work! The clock is counting down. We need to max out the $100,000 matching offer by December 31. All donations made in the next 20 days will be doubled.

Why is this important? In 2016, the World Bank ranked Burundi last in Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. The average annual income of a citizen is $280. As you can see, BFI donations have an incredible capacity to improve the lives of our friends in Burundi.

Let’s raise the roof and complete this match made in heaven! BFI receives proposals from Burundians each year that we simply cannot fund. This year, with your help, we can move these Projects of Opportunity forward to impact hundreds more in Burundi. Thank you all for your powerful support.


BFI’s Holiday Goats Program is Baaaack — Give a Goat as a Gift!

Give by Dec. 31 and it's doubled!

gift of goats in Burundi

AGATEKA means “Dignity” in Kirundi. In the province of Makamba, Burundi, the AGATEKA group supports victims of violence and HIV/AIDS and promotes art, culture, and poverty reduction. Women are critical to poverty reduction, playing a central role in agricultural production, raising children, and managing households. The mission of BFI’s Holiday Goat Program is to provide each woman member of AGATEKA with a goat, and to offer workshops that promote animal husbandry and financial literacy skills.

What a herd! Our goal this year is to distribute 150 goats. The BFI Giving Tuesday Campaign has already corralled 36 goats, thanks to your generous support. Baaaaaeautiful! Let’s add to this sound of music.

Would you like to honor someone with a gift of empowering women? Visit our Spread Joy, Buy a Goat page, check the “dedicate my donation” box, and add the name and address of your friend or family member. All gift recipients receive a holiday goat card explaining the project, with your name included as gift giver. And that’s not all — for gift orders placed by December 18, we'll add a hand-made Burundian angel ornament! We have 70 angels remaining that can’t wait to fly to their destination.

“Goat” questions? See for further details, or email BFI Executive Director Julie Marner ( Don’t forget: December 18 is the final order date for mailing angels. Donations after that date are still most welcome, of course!

We wish you the happiest of holidays, and the gift of joy throughout the coming year. We are eternally grateful for your generous hearts.

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