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Rotary Club – World Service Grant

Posted on by Steve Fischer

Through the years, people and organizations too numerous to specify have been very generous benefactors to aid us on our mission to educate the children of Burundi. Several Rotary Club chapters have been key contributors along the way, just 3 (of the many) examples,

the Appleton, Neenah, & Menasha (WI) clubs have been a significant source of support as we have developed the BEF organization
Kigali club welcomed us and helped make connections with schools in Rwanda
Kampala club

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Press Release: Live! Benefit Auction

Posted on by Steve Fischer

Burundi Education Fund, Inc. Hosts Live Auction to Benefit the Burundi Refugee School Children in Rwanda and Uganda, Africa
Appleton, April 7, 2021—The Burundi Education Fund, Inc. (BEF) invites anyone and everyone to a live, in person Benefit Auction on June 5, 2021 to be held at the Long Cheng Marketplace 1804 S. Lawe Street, Appleton. The auction will start at 9:00 a.m. with inspection and the bidding starts at 10:00. No advance registration is needed and

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COVID-19 Corona Virus

Posted on by Steve Fischer

As a means to curtail the spread of Corona Virus, the Rwandan & Ugandan governments suspended in-person, classroom education in 2020. The impact proved to be even more dire to our refugee students than previously imagined. When the governments discovered that they needed to ration scarce food resources, their citizens were higher in the priority chain than were refugees.
Previously, BEF offered school-cafeteria style food service as we had been providing nutrition to our students so that they could concentrate


My Experiences at Lourdes Academy High School – Seraphine Kabogora

Posted on by Steve Fischer

Hello everyone, I would like to say thank you very much for providing me a wonderful opportunity to attend Lourdes Academy High School for my studies. In 2 years here, I have lived with 2 different families where people generously share what they have. Their generosity has inspired me a lot. Coming to USA where I can walk on the lake and do snowmobiling, it has been a very incredible time to live in this country because I see


A Life-Changing Experience – Clarisse Muterateka

Posted on by Steve Fischer

I can picture it as if it was yesterday, on my plane, coming to a world that was so different from mine, and not knowing exactly, but so excited for what the future had in store for me.
My name is Clarisse Muterateka and I am an exchange student and a senior at Lourdes Academy in Oshkosh thanks to the Burundi Education Fund. At my High School, I am involved in volleyball, Hello Dolly and The Little Mermaid musicals,

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A Year of Service

Posted on by Will Woolman

After one year of giving back, Olivier will return to the USA and attend University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.
At Buta Minor Seminary boarding school, Olivier taught English, Math and computer skills to boys grade 7-13.
He finished Lourdes Academy High School, Oshkosh, WI and choose to give back to his formal school in Burundi.
The University of Mary in Bismark, ND waived tuition fees to this talented young man for four years.
However, he will have to come