FIDI members come together to support school project

15 December 2016

This blog was created by FIDI, and supported by FIDI members in order to give expats and global mobility professionals high-quality information and advice on a variety of topics, channeling our members’ expertise where it is most needed. But we’d also like to use it to thank FIDI members for channeling their wider support where it is needed too – specifically by contributing towards our charity project: the Bertrams Junior School (BJS) in Johannesburg.

What is the Bertrams Junior School?

Between 2006 and 2015, the FIDI community raised over $203,000 to support the creation of five new classrooms at the Junior School in Paarl, an under-privileged suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. The school educates around 500 pupils and the improvements will enable a much larger number of local children to attend school, whilst also enabling older children to stay on at school to complete their primary education. A more detailed explanation of the project and its importance to the local community can be found here.

Demolition of old building | FIDI blog

Latest update

November 2016 saw enormous progress. With the demolition complete, earthworks and concrete foundations went in earlier in the month, and all materials for the buildings have now been delivered. This has meant that work has begun on the single classroom, the toilet facilities and the double storey classroom

Work on the foundation | FIDI blog

Meanwhile, in Honduras

The Bertrams School project isn't the only charity that is backed by our members. Thousands of miles from Johannesburg, Operation Smile Honduras is changing the lives of vulnerable, poverty stricken children born with cleft lip and palate disorders. The project offers a complete care programme to children, which includes screening, operations, post operative therapy and rehabilitation. Right now, a hundred children are given a better life, thanks to affiliates' donations. Learn more about the OSH, here.

At FIDI, we’re delighted with the progress and the benefits that it will bring those who need it most. We send out a big thank you to all the members who helped support the project.

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