What we know so far…

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

 

In the weeks leading up to the 30 Hour Famine Study Tour, we have been feeding you facts about Burundian culture and customs. And yesterday, in our first blog post ever, we challenged you to brainstorm some of your own  questions for Team Burundi.  Here’s a brief fact re-cap to get your minds churning:.

  • Common foods in Burundi are kidney beans and plantains.
  • Traditional homes in Burundi are huts called rugos, made of mud, grass, and woven leaves.
  • One of the most popular past times in Burundi is the board game Mancala.
  • The average annual income there is $100—one of the lowest in the world.
  • Burundi has a population of 8.2 million. That’s about the size of New York City.

 

But we think the best info is yet to come!

And we think you’ve got what it takes to get us there. Ask us- what else do you want to know about Burundi or the work World Vision is doing there? We will be skyping with Team Burundi (aka Emma T., Emma N., Carter, Ellie, George, Abby, Nicole, Preston, and Robert) to get your questions answered.

So, what are you waiting for? This is your chance to get answers to the questions you’ve been dying to ask. Whether you’re curious about the food, home life, weather, or even animals, we’ve got our student experts on the ground ready to answer. All we ask is that you please keep it appropriate. Check back on Friday to see if your question was answered!

For more info, check out World Vision’s fact page on Burundi here.

Here’s the latest from the team!


 

 

Hello All! Today has been an exciting day for team Burundi as we traveled from our hotel in Bujumbura to our accommodations in the province of Muyinga. This trip offered the group our first chance to see the beautiful country of Burundi; the people and the land! Our kids spent the trip waving to all the people along the way- it seems that we Muzungus (White People) are a rare sight! We are witnessing the truth behind the words that were shared to us this morning at the National World Vision Headquarters in Bujumbura, “Burundi is the heart of Africa. Often times all that is seen is the head, eyes, and feet. But the heart is the most important- and Burundi deserves some more attention.”  We are seeing that the country of Burundi not only is geographically the heart of Africa, but the people act as the heart, displaying love and hospitality to us all.

Until Later,

Preston G

 

Last night was the first time since Friday that we were able to go to sleep and wake up in the same place. This lead to to extreme disorientation and confusion as to what was going on when the alarm went off this morning. After breakfast, we went to a morning service at the World Vision Burundi office and were able to meet most of the workers and learn how the different departments worked. We then left to head to Gasorwe which took us along a winding mountain road, through banana and papaya plantations and through markets of people selling and trading their crops. This brought some surprises because of all the people we saw and the bikes they were riding. We also saw a lot of people making bricks along the side of the road. When we finally arrived at the hotel we are at in Gasorwe, we were able to meet some people that work at the ADP there and had a late lunch of chicken(?) potatoes, rice, peas and gizzards. It all tasted good but was a bit strange due to spices and cooking methods. The leader from the ADP in Gasorwe then briefed us on what rest of our week will look as well as details about the projects in Gasorwe and how our Famine funds are being used. Since then we have been hanging around the hotel compound until dinner. I cant wait until tomorrow to go out into the field!

-Carter

 

Hey folks. Well, we’re inAfrica. Crazy right? A year ago I hadn’t heard of the 30 Hour Famine or Burundi and now I’m on the trip of a lifetime with an incredible group of new friends. It still doesn’t feel completely real, that after two days of travel we have come from urban Seattle to the heart of Africa, beautiful Burundi. Today we drove three hours from Bujumbura to Gasorwe. It was the most eye opening, shocking, intriguing and challenging three hour drive of my life. Mountains, markets, exhaust, red dirt, crowds, beautiful faces, concerned faces, young faces, old faces, coffee farms, tea farms, children with emaciated cattle, beautiful fabrics, babies on their mothers backs, young children waving at the weird new foreign people, hot sun, palm trees, trash. It was challenging to see the complete polar opposite the Burundian people’s lives are from my own. Each person uniquely reflects God and I love to travel and see God’s image represented in a new way. He is in each child, man and woman. He is in the laughter and joy and He is in  the struggle to survive that is so common among Burundians. That’s all for now!

Ellie

P.S. Parents, I lost my luggage…woops? 

 

Hello! My name is Nicole Wade, I’m from Forks Washington, my friends on the team call me twilight, simply just to make fun of me. Currently, I am sitting on these withering steps in a city called Gasorwe in a little sweet hotel… Well, sort of there is barbed wire all around the walls and we are not aloud to leave the boundaries. Our curfew is at six o’ clock, six o’ clock!! Back home, its safe to walk around at ten. I am so intrigued and excited to learn, see, and soak in the culture of Burundi. I never would have in a million years imagined I would be sitting here writing a blog, in AFRICA to my friends back home about my adventures through World Vision and the marvelous Thirty Hour Famine. Well, good talking to you all, hope to see you soon! Au Revoir,

Nicole

 

Hello everyone. I’m going to keep this short and sweet. After long days of travel, its unbelievable, but we are in Africa!! Being our second day of travel the tiredness from the long flights and travels is almost gone. We have been here for two days and I am for sure ready to go out tomorrow into the ADPs. The experience so far has been amazing. From seeing the crazy city life in Bujumbura to seeing the endless farmland and rolling hills of the country. On the ride over to Gasorwe, we drove by kid playing football with an old boot. I cant imagine how happy they would have been with one of the many soccer balls we had in the van. This just makes me want to give out the gifts we brought even more.

Mom and Dad I love you and I’m doing well! C ya

Robert

 

Hi Everyone! I’m so glad we have the ability to share with you all, because our trip is off to an amazing start. After a couple of exhausting days of travel, we have finally arrived in Gasorwe, one of the areas that World Vision has been developing in Burundi. The three hour drive from Bujumbura, the capital was filled with incredible views of endless, lush mountains, crowded sidewalks, shacks, and smiling people of Burundi. The team is already so close and we still have so many more memories to make in the days to come. Everyone in Burundi has been extremely friendly and hospitable, and despite the language barrier, we have been having many memorable conversations and experiences.  I am so excited to meet so many inspiring people with incredible stories at the Area Development Project tomorrow. Much Love,

Emma N.

 

Greetings from the Heart of Africa!!  

I’m so glad to be finished with traveling and airplane food for a few days! Fist off, all the students and leaders who are part of team Burundi are AWESOME, I’m so blessed to have every single one of them in my life! Burundi is such a beautiful and wonderful place full of amazing people (and the Coca-Cola here is delicious as well). Driving from Bujumbura to our hotel in Gasorwe was the first time we truly got to see a glimpse of life in Africa.  I am super excited for tomorrow when we will be visiting Area Development Projects (ADPs) and get to know the people of Gasorwe!! I’m so ready to be able to make connections with the people here and get to know their stories so I can come back and share with everyone in the states! I can’t praise God enough for this amazing opportunity! In Christ,

Emma T.

 

Bonjour! Bite! We have finally arrived at our final destination, Gasorwe, Burundi, this morning after traveling in 3 continents in 3 days! I already have enough memories with this amazing team to last a lifetime! We have seen so much beauty in Burundi, both with the lush scenery and the smiling faces of God’s people! I am thrilled to be going to the Gasorwe ADP starting tomorrow. There we will listen to so many people’s stories as well as learn all about how 30 Hour Famine funds are being implemented here inBurundi.  My motto going into this trip was something along the lines of “Don’t hold back, no regrets.” I can proudly say I have practiced that well. I have eaten fried minnow, chicken gizzard, and goat! Au Revoir from beautiful Africa!

Abby L – now known simply as “Texas”            

 

Hello all! Checking in from our hotel in the Muyinga province of northern Burundi. Just ate a full dinner of goat and spaghetti, and it was delicious. It’s been a long day of traveling and hanging out, but I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Today we got to see some of the beauty of this country, and meet some new people. Most seem friendly, but we seem to be the center of attention of everyone. I feel out of place most of the time, but persevere and continue to absorb as much of this incredible culture as I can. I’m really excited for tomorrow when we go to the Gasorwe ADP and hear the stories of the people there. I’m a little nervous and don’t know what to expect, but excited at the same time. As for today I an still tired from all this traveling, it really takes a toll on your body. I look forward to the remainder of the trip and coming home to share the stories of the people living in beautiful Burundi. Sincerely,

George C

P.S. Mom if you see this, I had to check my bag in Amsterdam and it hasn’t made it to Burundi yet. Throw in some clothes for me for Michigan just in case it doesn’t come. Thanks!