About Us

Bui Family Union (BFU)-USA is a US-based national socio-cultural not-for-profit (501c3) organization that carries out charitable initiatives in the areas of culture, education and health benefiting local communities in the US and in Bui Division in the Northwest Region of Cameroon.

As of 2011, our Union has about 250 members spread across 9 chapters in 8 US states and our charitable initiatives exceed $20,000 annually.

Mission and Vision

All members of our Union share a singular mission: To “Enhance and promote socio-cultural awareness, education and growth within the Bui community in the United States and in Cameroon”.

By living this mission, we hope to become an enabler of positive sustainable economic development, while promoting and fostering our cultural values – this is our vision!

Our Mantra

We live by the following mantra: Wir Dze Wir Bii Wir! Literally translated, it means “who you are is a reflection of those around you”. We believe that our community empowers us and that we are who we are because of the grace of others.

United, we can accomplish much more than any one of us can, and so we rally around our mantra: Wir Dze Wir Bii Wir!

Our Structure

Org ChartOur organization is structured to deliver maximum impact to our beneficiaries, with minimal administrative overhead. An all-volunteer National Executive manages the union's annual operations, coordinates projects, and serves as general custodian.

The National Executive is elected by the general assembly every 3 years. In 2012, the general assembly approved and voted in a supervisory Board of Directors to assist the National Executive, providing operational guidance and ensuring complaince with the obligations of our legal status. The Council of Title Holders ("Lav N'tir") provides guidance on cultural practice, facilitates liasson with Royal Palaces in Bui, and ensures that the wisdom in our cultural heritage guides our activities.

The general assembly is the core of our union and is organized into local chapters. Local chapters are managed by an eleceted, all-volunteer executive, which coordinates activities in their local communities. Chapters generally meet at least once a month, manage their own budgets, fundraising activities, and initiate chapter projects in Bui that are executed in collaboration with the National Executive. Chapters and are governed by their own set of by-laws, which are aligned with the national organization's by-laws.