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

Awards

  • ING Solidarity Award

    On the 6th of February 2014, the award ceremony took place for the prestigious ING Solidarity Award. There were a total of 1440 participating teams. Besides receiving a reward for...

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    On the 6th of February 2014, the award ceremony took place for the prestigious ING Solidarity Award. There were a total of 1440 participating teams. Besides receiving a reward for gaining an incredible total of 1373 votes in the open online vote, Born in Africa received an additional award of 10,000 € for being the favorite project of the jury.

    ING’s aim, through this competition, is to give recognition to the stunning work of Belgian non-governmental associations and give them financial support, thus proving it’s worth as a socially responsible bank.

    The judges selected the BIA student scholarship fund as their favorite project out of category, based on a weighting system which depended on the following criteria: Compliance of the dossier, quality, originality, impact and implementation.

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  • Isabelle De Smul-Brink receives the Paul Harris Fellowship award

    Isabelle De Smul – Brink, Born in Africa coordinator, has just had an incredible honor bestowed upon her on the eve of 28 November 2013. During a formal evening hosted by Rotary, she...

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    Isabelle De Smul – Brink, Born in Africa coordinator, has just had an incredible honor bestowed upon her on the eve of 28 November 2013. During a formal evening hosted by Rotary, she received the Paul Harris Fellowship award which was given to her by Rotary District governor Vyv Deacon. The presentation of the “Paul Harris Fellow is the Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named after Rotary founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Amongst other fellow South Africans who have received the award are Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F W De Klerk. Isabelle was incredibly proud to receive the award and praised her staff for their efforts. In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, Isabelle joins a remarkable company of persons throughout the world, all recognized for their devotion to the ideal of good will, peace and understanding. It is the goal of Rotarians the world over, and one that Isabelle clearly shares.

    Rotarian and BIA chairman Remi De Backer and his wife Lieve gave a short introduction on Isabelle’s younger days and the Rotary president Ruby Chetty who also serves on the BIA board praised Isabelle for her work. BIA is truly proud of Isabelle, our director and founder.

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  • Isabelle De Smul-Brink recently received the Visser-Neerlandia prize

    Isabelle De Smul-Brink recently received the Visser-Neerlandia prize

    The ceremony was held at the Almenkerk winery situated in the Western Cape and was attended by various local...

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    Isabelle De Smul-Brink recently received the Visser-Neerlandia prize

    The ceremony was held at the Almenkerk winery situated in the Western Cape and was attended by various local dignitaries as well as Flemish Minister-President, Kris Peeters and Gerrit Wiechers. Minister Peeters sang the praises of the work that Isabelle and her team have achieved. The prize has been awarded since 1955 as a reward for persons or organizations who are helping others in need.

    The prize money will be allocated to the Born in Africa study bursary project. Thank you Mr Willy Leenders, Dolf Wieërs and members of the Marnixring Limburg Herkenrode for their help with the nomination. Well done Isabelle and the Born in Africa team!

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  • Georges De Smul, Chairman of Born in Africa Belgium receives the honoury title of ‘Commandeur in die Kroonorde’

    Georges De Smul, chairman of Born in Africa Belgium receives the honoree title of ‘Commandeur in die Kroonorde’

    Georges De Smul, Isabelle’s father and chairman of Born in Africa...

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    Georges De Smul, chairman of Born in Africa Belgium receives the honoree title of ‘Commandeur in die Kroonorde’

    Georges De Smul, Isabelle’s father and chairman of Born in Africa Belgium has recently had a truly remarkable honour bestowed upon him. He has been granted the honoree title of Commandeur van die Kroon Orde, which is the highest medal of excellence granted to civilians in Belgium. This is for his lifelong contribution to humanitarian purposes. Mr De Smul received this medal from the King of Belgium at a gala event on 16 November 2009. We are most proud of you Uncle George!

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  • Isabelle De Smul-Brink, received the JCI outstanding young people award (TOYP)

    Congratulations to Isabelle De Smul - Brink, our Born in Africa Director, who has been selected as one of the five nominees by the Junior Chamber International (JCI). She was nominated...

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    Congratulations to Isabelle De Smul - Brink, our Born in Africa Director, who has been selected as one of the five nominees by the Junior Chamber International (JCI). She was nominated for: ‘The Outstanding Young Persons of the World’ (TOYP) in Belgium for 2012.

    The TOYP programme serves to formally recognise young people who excel in their chosen fields and exemplify the best attributes of the world's young people.

     

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