Meet Our Partners
Thanks to the assistance of the following companies, organisations and businesses, BIA can run many different projects and has been able to touch the lives of so many children in the Bitou community. Together we can make a difference...
De Blauwe Vogel
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.
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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.
Orde van den Prince
This organization strives for the preservation of the Afrikaans language in South Africa. They support Born in Africa to employ assistant teachers, buy Afrikaans reading books and organize events where learning the Afrikaans language is the main objective.
Sponsor Our Swimming Project
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.
Meesters in Masters
MiM Vzw (Meesters in Masters) supports 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!
Support The Study Bursary Fund
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.
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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.
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World Mission Help
WMH has been a great sponsor for the project at the Harkerville Primary School where Born in Africa is building two new classrooms in 2018. This little school has tripled their number of learners and was therefore in desperate need of extra classrooms, Thank you, WMH, for your support!
Born in Africa has often given the parents of children who belong to our program the opportunity to go on camps and workshops. Four of the ladies that went in 2005 decided to use the knowledge and skills they had gained to start a business. They wanted to produce unique handmade products, such as key chains and jewelry, using mainly beads.
The ladies decided to call the business Siya Phambili, which means “ moving forward”, and are currently creating jobs for other women in the surrounding community too. Born in Africa raised funds to build a work area and a shop for Siya Phambili. One of our volunteers, Adje Bos, helped to make the business more professional. The ladies have also gone on courses about accounting and English.
They are a wonderful example of what we stand for, making a difference together!
De Vandersandengroup offers products that inspire to develop beautiful buildings since 1925. This family business is driven by the values of innovation, honesty, respect and trust. Their products show off the carftmanship and sustainable character of the business, the management is humble and people- orientated... completely in line with BIA's values, they are convinced 'we can create the best together.
Their annual donation goes towards the study bursary fund, which enables students to study further after successfully finishing their grade 12 in secondary school.
MABO has been a great sponsor for the project at the Harkerville Primary School where Born in Africa is building two new class rooms in 2018. This little school has trippled their number of learners and was therefor in desperate need of extra class rooms, Thank you, MABO, for your support!
Established in 1998, Biblionef SA aims to promote a culture of reading amongst children by donating new storybooks in all 11 languages to schools and children’s organisations that are situated in rural and peri-urban areas of South Africa. Our target beneficiaries are children between the ages of 0-18 years of age that are attending the organisations mentioned above. The books we donate are skilfully selected to meet the specific needs of our beneficiaries; we ensure that the majority of our books are locally produced and written and that it contains beautiful illustrations and stories that South African children can relate to.
Born in Africa received to donations of reading books for all levels in 2018 which helped us tremendously with setting up our own library in Kranshoek!