Thanks to the assistance of the following companies, organisations and businesses, BIA has been able to touch the lives of so many children in the Bitou community. Together we can make a difference...
The known travelling family, Carlier, of theBlue Bird in Sint-Truiden, have ensured for ten years that many tourists have been able to visit BIA. Some of these visitors also chose to become BIA godparents. The Blue Bird specializes in guided luxury holidays at affordable prices. The company was brought to greatness by Willy-Paul Carlier and his wife Odette Cuyx. Today, their son, Trudo, manages the travel agency which employs a dozen people. We are extremely grateful to the Carlier family and their team for this irreplaceable partnership.
Visit their website for more information.
Wine traders 'De Smedt', importer and specialist in good quality wines in Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, is now selling three selected South- African Kaapzicht wines at a reasonable market prices. Per bottle sold they will donate €2,3 to Born in Africa. Besides this the family De Smedt also lets us use their domain in Lebbeke for the annual BIA- family celebration. This is a great sustainable support to BIA.
DHL in Holland has sponsored us twice with containers full of educational materials such as desks, chairs, cupboards, pencils and other equipment.
For more information on the organisation, see their website.
Idee Consulting - Lief & Ivo De Bisschop from Dilbeek Belgium have been instrumental in sponsorring the "Learn to Swim" program. Thanks to them more than 500 children have learned how to swim.
Inktco bvba is a company which specialises in ink developments and applications and wishes to support BIA in all its aspects and goals. The firm believes that education is vital for children to make an escape from the underprivileged environment in which they live and to help them work toward a better future for their communities.
MiM Vzw (Meesters in Masters) support tertiary students who are studying in the fields of Business and Economics. It is to our great delight that they decided to join hands with the Born in Africa tertiary study bursary fund. MiM has contact with the “Associatie Ugent” and with this agreement they will support two Born in Africa students for the duration of their five year studies. We are incredibly grateful for this initiative and would like to express our sincere gratitude on behalf of the students.
Rotary busses received:
BIA proudly boasts two Sesfikile buses donated by various local and international Rotary clubs.
Bus 1: Thanks to the financial assistance of the international Rotary clubs and Knysna Rotary club we received our BIA bus!
Thank you: Mevr. Joan HUSKISSON from Knysna Rotaryclub, Mr. Reinhard Schydlo from Rotary club Düsseldorf-Schlossturm, Mr. Raymond De Craecker and Mr. Raymond Leemans from Antwerpen-Amerloo, Rotary Elsloo-Maaskant, Districts 1870 & 2170 and Remi & Lieve De Backer Rotary Plett and BIA.
Bus 2: We could not have chosen a more picturesque day when our brand new “out of the box” BIA bus arrived, courtesy of Rotary Plettenberg Bay, Antwerpen-Amerloo, Asse, Düsseldorf-Shlossturm & Tervuren.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Dr. Reinhard Schydlo, Peter Pretorius, Bart Joosten, Vincianne Vander Heyden, our Chairman Remi De Backer and all the other Rotarians involved we can now call our new Toyota Quantum our youngest staff member!
This company is a leader in its field and owner Guy Proost, who has been a BIA godparent along with his parents for years, decided to make a substantial and ongoing contribution to the BIA study bursary fund. BIA and the students especially are very grateful to them for the valuable support they are providing.
The family business Vandermarliere, that took over Jules Destrooper in 2015, shows their sympathy and support for the less fortunate in society. 'Happiness can be found in a little biscuit'. This motto is used to bring joy among its personnel and customers in over 70 countries. Customer-friendly, authentic, sustainable, simple, respectful and premium - those are their core values. The artisanal tradition pairs creativity to sustainable and daring entrepreneuring, making the company a successful and unique player in the global market.
Find more on their website.
This Belgian organisation promotes and supports local businesses in underpriviledged countries all over the world. Now they have also put together a trip through South Africa on which they show you different local businesses and organisations: 'Township experience'. On this journey people are also welcomed in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, and shown around by Isabelle to get to know Born in Africa better.
If you are interested in going on this trip or want to know more about Trias, be sure to visit their website.