Great Lakes Outreach is a network of passionate people of faith who are reaching out to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the last, the lost and the least in Burundi, Central Africa.

Great Lakes Outreach (GLO) is a charity that works for the spiritual and physical development of the people of Burundi, located in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. We partner with local Christian organisations to share God’s message to fund sustainable projects that transform lives.

GLO was founded in 2003 by Simon Guillebaud in response to massive needs of the country. Simon recognised the potential for strategic co-operation with local partners and has worked in Burundi since 1998.

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More than Conquerors

What is this all about?

The more than Conquerors Book and DVD go hand in hand or individually, and are both a call to radical discipleship. The DVD has 13 short films on it which deal with various themes covered in the book, like radical risk-taking, trust, prayer, sacrifice, justice, surrender, perseverance, etc. Each short film stands alone nd is suitable for showing in churches or home/cell groups, at youth events, at outreaches, basically in any context. They are a mixture of challenge, beauty, rawness, grimness and hope. Shot in six African countries, in sometimes dangerous places, the aim of the series is to stir up, envision and challenge followers of Jesus to embrace a costly authentic discipleship.

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One of the smallest countries in Africa, Burundi is landlocked and has an equatorial climate. Burundi is a part of the Albertine Rift, the western extension of the Great Rift Valley. The country lies on a rolling plateau in the center of Africa. The average elevation of the central plateau is 5,600 feet (1,707 m), with lower elevations at the borders. The highest peak, Mount Heha at 8,810 feet (2,685 m), lies to the southeast of the capital, Bujumbura. The source of the Nile River is in Burundi province, and is linked from Lake Victoria to its headwaters via the Ruvyironza River Lake Victoria is also an important water source, which serves as a fork to the Kagera River. Another major lake is Lake Tanganyika, located in much of Burundi’s southwestern corner. 

Burundi’s lands are mostly agricultural or pasture. Settlement by rural populations has led to deforestation, soil erosion and habitat loss. Deforestation of the entire country is almost completely due to overpopulation, with a mere 230 square miles (600 km2) remaining and an ongoing loss of about 9% per annum. There are two national parks, Kibira National Park to the northwest (a small region of rain forest, adjacent to Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda), Ruvubu National Park to the northeast (along the Rurubu River, also known as Ruvubu or Ruvuvu). Both were established in 1982 to conserve wildlife populations.

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map burundiAuthor, speaker, founder of Great Lakes Outreach, passionate about challenging people to make their lives count, committed to seeing Burundi transformed, married to Lizzie with Zac, Grace and Josiah completing the team.

Me and my gang!

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My Girls!

Josiah (2), Grace (4) and Zac (6)

Bike for Burundi
“Bike for Burundi” is a group of men seeking to raise $1 million for Batwa pygmies and orphans’ education and empowerment in war-torn Central Africa. Simon Guillebaud spent a decade living there and founded Great Lakes Outreach (GLO) as a vehicle to reach out to the last, the lost and the least in Burundi. He risked his life during those years and gained much credibility and trustand in the process, identified the most capable, gifted and trustworthy local people to work alongside. He has written two books based on his experiences in Burundi, which can be obtained at

Simon Guillebaud, Geoff Morris and Craig Riley will cycle 3000 miles at 100 miles/day from Los Angeles to Charleston, SC during March and April of 2012. This challenging endurance feat could be likened to doing a marathon every day for a month! What will keep us going? Well, because the needs of our Burundian brothers and sisters are so huge:

The Batwa pygmies currently have a life expectation of 27! Our beautifully transformational project with them involves building a school, providing clean water and training in farming methodologies and literacy classes. This marginalized and ostracized people group are being empowered to move beyond surviving to thriving and GLO has full government backing in the process. GLO is also in the process of building and equipping a clinic, orphanage and high school. The latter is to consolidate the orphanage school (as the children are reaching high school age), which has the reputation as the best school in Gitega, drawing people from a wide area. The vision is that these orphans will end up as the future shapers and shakers of Burundian society. We have relationships going back 10 years with local brothers of impeccable integrity with proven track records to deliver on all we are aiming to do.

What will money raised go towards?

  • Land purchase – $120,000
  • A fully functional clinic – $35,000
  • Water Missions purifying system – $29,000
  • Orphanage family homes – $24,000 each
  • School dormitories – $17,000 each
  • Youth Camps – $4,000
  • School equipment – $2,500 per classroom
  • Outreach events – $500
  • Staff salaries – $100/month

Please would you consider supporting GLO’s efforts?

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