Meet Our Team In Belgium
Our team members in Belgium all serve as board members and ensure that the organization runs smoothly. Each board member is passionate about BIA and is actively involved on a daily basis. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, we will continue to aid our children in South Africa.
Besides our members of the board in Belgium, we would also like to mention and thank the co- founders of Born in Africa in Belgium for their support; Roger de Smet, Georges De Smul, Arlette Vanheule and Hanneke Siebelink.
Meet the board of directors and volunteers in Belgium:
Georges De Smul
He carries the responsibility of liaison between all the board members and volunteers. He is consciously busy with fundraising for BIA. For more information about our organisation, please feel free to take up further contact with Georges.
Vice- Chairman and Corporate Fundraising
Jaak is the vice- chairman of the board in Belgium, is responsible for corporate fundraising in Belgium and he is also involved with public relations.
Remi De Backer
PR-Coordinator Between SA And Belgium
Remi is chairman of BIA South Africa. He also plays liaison between BIA Belgium and South Africa and together with his wife Lieve, they are both play integral roles in fundraising for our organisation. When they are in South Africa they work as volunteers for BIA.
Administrative Support And Translator
Nele assists the BIA organization by translating many articles and our newsletters and assists Lotte in preparing volunteers and interns before they come to South Africa.
Lotte Van Buyten
Administrative Support And Volunteer Placement
Lotte has volunteered at BIA three times and now leads the volunteer placement program for the organization.
As co-founder she is partly responsible for administration at BIA.
Arlette Van Heule
She offers her assistance as administration support.
Accounting and membership administration
She manages BIA bookkeeping department and additional administration tasks.
Roger De Smet
As co-founder of BIA he plays a key role in fund raising for BIA.
Luc De Clercq
Luc offers administrative support to Born in Africa in Belgium.
Hilde De Baets
Hilde represents Born in Africa in municipal boards and organizes a succesful flea market every year for Born in Africa.
Lieve De Backer (Volunteer)
Wife of our SA chairman Remi De Backer is also very active in Belgium and South Africa for the promotion of the Born in Africa program.
BIA team in Meetjesland (Volunteers)
This team has volunteered at BIA in Plettenberg Bay and are raising funds via various fundraising activities in Belgium. In January 2017, the team came to visit Born in Africa to hand over the funds raised and help us by painting and decorating our education centre in Kranshoek.
Lilianne Van Acker
Came to South Africa to volunteer for a couple of weeks in 2017 and 2018 at the Kranshoek Primary school. Since 2018 she is also managing and updating the SA database of all children while she is in Belgium.