About Us

The Tanbur African Aid Society or TAAS is comprised of a group of Canadian educators, primarily from the Edmonton, Alberta region who care deeply about the education of children in the underdeveloped and impoverished African countries of Burundi and Tanzania.

Our Partners

TAAS is fully blessed by the support of individuals and organizations who have made contributions: both great and small, to further the work currently being done in Burundi and, in the future, in Tanzania. Together, we transform lives through education.


There are many ways to get involved in our work: make a financial or material donation, serve on the TAAS Board, work a casino, attend a fundraising event, travel to Africa as a mentor teacher: the choice is up to

Burundi English School

Our current project, the Burundi English School (BES) http://burundienglishschool.org/ located in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, is operated by a school board of committed local citizens and is partnered with TAAS. It was conceived as an alternative to the few, very expensive, English

BES Handbook

BES Parent–Student Handbook 2017 – 2018 School Year About Burundi English School The Burundi English School (BES) is a non–profit private English school, which currently offers opportunities for students to learn in Kindergarten through to Grade Ten. All subjects are

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I get to Burundi? A. There are several options depending on the airline and the day you would like to travel. Q. What are the physical facilities where we would be working? A. At present, our projects

Recent Posts

  • New volunteers have arrived

    New volunteers have arrived

    Three volunteers began working at Burundi English School last week. Terrie is overseeing the Language Arts program for grades 1-6. She will spend time especially with new teachers in grades …Read More »
  • News from Carol in Bujumbura

    News from Carol in Bujumbura

    We had Meet the Teacher evening last night- planned from 3 to 4:20. It was a general assembly for 20 minutes and then 2 half hour sessions in the classrooms. …Read More »
  • The Container Arrives at BES

    The Container Arrives at BES

    We have 2 more bursary students- one to replace Ritchie and a new one. Both boys are thrilled to return to BES. They are part of the tennis club and …Read More »


The contribution to Burundi English School as well as its foundation is immeasurable! We wish we could always have at least one Canadian teacher with us at all times.

Madame Ladhia

In addition to helping me with my year plan in language arts and math, my mentor came to school on Saturdays to help me with my social studies and science programs.

Monsier David

She always encouraged me and strengthened my teaching skills and caring for small children. She continues to help me through her e-mail messages. It was a joy to know her and work with her. She has been a wonderful leader and I miss her.

Madame Claudia

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