Born in Africa stimulates social and educational development in children, striving to create economically self-sustainable adults

Born in Africa stimulates social and educational
development in children, striving to create economically
self-sustainable adults

General Information

Born in Africa is a non-profit organization, active in socio-economically disadvantaged areas around Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.

Education is one of the fundamental rights of all children. Therefore, we are committed to the long term educational development of underprivileged children in South Africa. A solid education provides solutions for these children, equipping them to get out of hopeless situations- often dominated by poverty, abuse, and unemployment. Only when these children are given the opportunity to obtain a decent education, will they have any hope of entering the labor market.

With education, we come one step closer to social and economic equality.

Our mission is to develop well rounded, independent, and successful young adults acting as role models in their communities by providing educational and social support to school going children and young adults from disadvantaged areas in Bitou, South Africa.

Target group: Children in our program range from the age of 6 years old to young adolescents (25 year), living in disadvantaged areas of Bitou.

  • Strategy

    In order to achieve this mission, BIA has a threefold strategy:

    1. Support a selected number of children and young adults in their academic curriculum through:

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    In order to achieve this mission, BIA has a threefold strategy:

    1. Support a selected number of children and young adults in their academic curriculum through:

    2. Support character building with the children in the social program through:

    3. Give a selected number of children life skills support through:

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  • Values & Philosophy

    Education is a basic right for every child and Born in Africa believes that training will determine the future. By giving children access to proper education and providing guidance, BIA...

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    Education is a basic right for every child and Born in Africa believes that training will determine the future. By giving children access to proper education and providing guidance, BIA increases each child’s chances of finding employment. This way, Born in Africa wants to build towards a better social-economic future.

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  • History

    In 1998 Isabelle De Smul-Brink came to Plettenberg Bay as a development worker for a Belgian NGO that initiated a number of projects in the area. As a licentiate in physical education,...

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    In 1998 Isabelle De Smul-Brink came to Plettenberg Bay as a development worker for a Belgian NGO that initiated a number of projects in the area. As a licentiate in physical education, specializing in psychomotor therapy for behaviorally disturbed and underdeveloped children, it was her task to organize extra-curricular activities for children from the townships. She immediately sensed that consistent, ongoing support was necessary if these children were to have any chance for the future. .

    After a few months of intensive networking and research, Isabelle contacted her father Georges De Smul to help her establish an NGO in South Africa. Without delay, Georges contacted Lieve and Remi De Backer, as well as other friends, and other friends to invite them to his daughter’s wedding - an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the local situation. Their joint efforts led to the start up of Born in Africa.

    In 2003 Born in Africa was officially established in Belgium and in South Africa. Within two months, 40 godparents sponsored 40 children. At the end of the first year, more than 100 godparents supported the program.

    To date, Born in Africa has grown to become a well received and respected professional organization with the focus on education and social upliftment. Currently there are over 400 children in the BIA program.

    There are 4 branches of Born in Africa: the operational branch in South-Africa, and 3 fundraising and supporting branches in Belgium (started together with the South African branch in 2003), the Netherlands and in Norway (started in 2012).

    Born in Africa South-Africa is a registered NPO and fully independent from Born in Africa Belgium, Norway and Netherlands. All organizations have different accounting systems and Boards. All branches communicate extensively and take decisions on a consulting basis. The teams are reinforced with the aid and involvement of supporters and volunteers.

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  • Where We Work

    In South Africa, Born in Africa operates in four different townships around Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape Province: The Crags, Wittedrift, Kranshoek and Harkerville. We also work...

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    In South Africa, Born in Africa operates in four different townships around Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape Province: The Crags, Wittedrift, Kranshoek and Harkerville. We also work with Wittedrift High School and “Plett Secondary“, two high schools in Plettenberg Bay itself. We also contribute to smaller projects elsewhere in the Bitou Local Municipality District.

    Harkerville

    Distance to Plettenberg Bay: 12km

    Number of students: 90

    Grades: R – 7

    Typical characteristics: Small school with multi-grade classrooms

    Number of teachers: 4

    Number of BIA-kids: 3

    BIA-staff in the school: 1 mentor

    Important BIA contributions: 1 wooden classroom (“Wendy house”) Volunteers have painted a five meter mural depicting Eco-friendly themes, helped to start up a vegetable garden.

    Harkerville Primary has four teachers educating an average of ninety students, therefore forcing the children to be divided into multi-grade classes. Transport costs are high, and a lot of the children’s families are unable to afford the costs, so many children are forced to walk in excess of five kilometers a day just to go to school. We currently have one mentor from Born In Africa working in Harkerville.

    Kranshoek

    Distance to Plettenberg Bay: 15km

    Number of students: 680

    Grades: R – 9

    Typical characteristics: Many BIA-children. Many Griqua (The Griqua are a subgroup of South Africa's heterogeneous and multiracial Colored people).-children. Classes with more than 30 children per class

    Number of teachers: 18

    Number of BIA-kids: 127

    BIA-staff in the school: 2 mentors

    Important BIA contributions: At Kranshoek Primary school we have added infrastructure in the shape of our 2 Wooden “Wendy house” classrooms. A few years ago the school needed assistance with the construction of a computer lab, so we helped them to add this much needed structure. BIA, together with volunteers, scholars and their parents completed a stunning mural of the school emblem, the community, and it’s people against a 30 m wall facing the playground, homework classes for the grade 4 and 5 children.

    Many classes accommodate 50 students with only one teacher. As such, overcrowding (along with limited teaching resources) leads to a great loss of educational potential for the children. BIA has appointed two mentors, as well as additional volunteers, to assist the teachers in order to relieve them of some of their workload.

    Plett Secondary

    Distance to Plettenberg Bay: 5km

    Number of students: 800

    Grades: 8 – 12

    Typical characteristics: Students from many different areas transported to school by bus

    Number of BIA-kids: 65

    BIA-staff in the school: 2 mentors

    Important BIA contributions: Homework guidance. Vocational Guidance

    Extra care has to be taken with children entering secondary school since South Africa has such a high “school dropout” rate, largely in part due to substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, caring for younger siblings, and general loss of hope. Also, many parents are illiterate and unable to assist their children in an educational capacity. Plettenberg Bay Secondary School is the main school which Born In Africa children attend, once they have completed their primary school education. For this reason then, we have two mentors at Plett Secondary for frequent monitoring and support.

    The Crags

    Distance to Plettenberg Bay: 25km

    Number of students: 650

    Grades: R – 9

    Typical characteristics: Many BIA-kids. Many Xhosa-kids

    Number of teachers: 18

    Number of BIA-kids: 141

    BIA-staff in the school: 2 mentors

    Important BIA contributions: 2 brick classrooms. 1 assistant teacher. Volunteers painted playground. Educational games, homework classes for the grade 6 learners, art classes for the older children, swimming lessons for the younger BIA children

    Kurland Village is a township in the Crags, located twenty five kilometers from Plettenberg Bay, where many of it’s residents live in impoverished conditions, some in wooden shacks with no water or electricity. Unemployment is rife and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, epilepsy, and high blood pressure are major health concerns. Our volunteers are always active at this school- assisting teachers, providing administrative support, computer classes, life orientation, and many other skills. At the moment, BIA employs two mentors at this school.

    Wittedrift

    Distance to Plettenberg Bay: 15km

    Number of students: 200

    Grades: 1 – 7

    Typical characteristics: Most students live in Green Valley; farm children are bussed in

    Number of teachers: 6

    Number of BIA-kids: 43

    BIA-staff in the school: 1 mentor

    Important BIA contributions: 1 brick classroom (“Lillian’s class”), 1 wooden classroom

    The Wittedrift community is situated fifteen kilometres from Plettenberg Bay in a very picturesque environment, in less than picturesque conditions. The township of Green Valley is situated some distance from the school, and these children have to walk in excess of six kilometres per day to get there. There are about 200 students enrolled at the school, with six teachers taking responsibility for seven classes. BIA has helped out by supplying an assistant teacher, as well as employing one mentor at Wittedrift

    Wittedrift High

    Distance to Plettenberg Bay: 15km

    Number of students: 424

    Grades: 1 – 12

    Typical characteristics: It is a dual-medium (English / Afrikaans) fully integrated school which provides schooling to children of the greater Plettenberg Bay area – some even come from Tsitsikamma in the East or Sedgefield and Knysna in the West.

    Number of teachers: 15

    Number of BIA-kids: 24

    BIA-staff in the school: 1 mentor

    Important BIA contributions: BIA currently fund 23 students who attend the school and are weekly boarders at the school. This gets done via our study bursaries program

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  • Networking

    Born in Africa is actively involved in networking with many educational stakeholders and role-players in the Plettenberg Bay area, which falls under the Bitou Municipality of the Western...

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    Born in Africa is actively involved in networking with many educational stakeholders and role-players in the Plettenberg Bay area, which falls under the Bitou Municipality of the Western Cape. Through this re, we are able to keep up to date with the changing needs of the communities we serve.

    The Western Cape Education Department, Department of Social Development, Child Welfare South Africa, Bitou10 Foundation, Plettaid, Epilepsy South Africa, Knysna Drug and Alcohol Centre, Bitou Municipality, Willing Workers in SA, Masizame Shelter and Youth Centre, and Kids of Kurland are a few of the government and non-profit organisations with which we work.

    We would like to thank our local partners who assist BIA in achieving our mission. Together we can make a difference. Nature’s Valley Trust, Knysna Elephant Park, Green Ticket.org, Ingwe Forest Adventures, Tenikwa Wildlife Sanctuary, WWISA, Hunters Hotel Group, MadaboutArt, Adventureland, Bitou 10 Foundation, Starling Backpackers, Noah’s Park Wolf Sanctuary, Kurland Hotel, Monkeyland/Birds of Eden, FAMSA, Ocean Blue, Biblionef SA, Goose Valley Golf club, Radical Raptors, Kurland Brik, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, The Red Shed Karatara, Lunchbox Theatre, Plett Community Church, Woolworths, e-pap and Kwikspar.

    Born in Africa’s founding capital was sponsored by the Belgian property developers and share holders of Whale Rock, situated in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.

    From 2003, for a four-year period, Born in Africa was assured continuous funding and expansion of projects thanks to the Belgian NGOs Horizon 2007 and Volens.

    Since 2008 Born In Africa has raised funds in many different ways to ensure that the quality of the projects and activities continue to expand and evolve. Today, our organization is sustained by donations and sponsorships.
     

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  • Fundraising

    Born in Africa is a well organized and transparent organisation with many different kinds of sources of income.

    The godparents bring in most of the funds to sponsor their godchildren,...

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    Born in Africa is a well organized and transparent organisation with many different kinds of sources of income.

    The godparents bring in most of the funds to sponsor their godchildren, while our study bursary fund relies on seperate events, fundraisers, private donations, service clubs, schools, companies, ...

     

    Born in Africa has now managed for 15 years to invest all funds in a durable and transparent way so the children in the townships around Plettenberg bay, South Africa, would benefit from them.

    Through a company auditorDonorinfo.be, an independent information centre for good causes in Belgium, checks the figures and year balance of BIA. Our figures match our goals.

    BIA is worth your trust!

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  • Tax certificates (Belgium) and ANBI- status ( the Netherlands)

    Born in Africa is registered in Belgium since 2008 to give tax certificates for donations made into the BIA- Belgium account. Private persons or companies with a Company registration...

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    Born in Africa is registered in Belgium since 2008 to give tax certificates for donations made into the BIA- Belgium account. Private persons or companies with a Company registration number can donate and benefit from the tax certificate. A certificate can be handed out for donations of 40 euros and more. Born in Africa is now granted an extension till 2020! Until then we are sure we will be registered to hand out tax certificates! Godparents in Belgium receive a tax certificate annually.

    In the Netherlands, we applied to receive the ANBI- status, which would make it possible for private persons and businesses to receive a tax benefit annually. In the structure of this system there is however a difference between a once- off donation and periodic donations (like godparents do). To receive a tax benefit for a once-off donation, the amount of the donation should be bigger than 1% of the personal total annual income.

    Full tax deduction is possible for periodic gifts, if the applicant commits to make periodic gifts over a minimum period of 5 years. The tax benefit for periodic gifts can be requested by filling in the form for the tax institution.

    Born in Africa commits itself to communicate in a transparent way about how we work in the disadvantaged areas around Plettenberg Bay. We can make the promise that all donations are used directly for the god children and students in the BIA- program, as we only have 3% personal working costs.

    Everything we do daily in South Africa is reflected in following documents:

    Activity overview:

    2016: Overview

    2017: Report

    Policy plan:

    2016-2017

    Financial information:

    2016: Balance sheet BIA Belgium

    2017: Budget BIA SA

     

     

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