BEFSA co-founder receives MBE

Catherine Borien –co founder and long standing trustee of BEFSA – received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List (2017) for services to schools in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. After retiring from a highly successful teaching career, Catherine has worked tirelessly to improve the lives and life chances of South African children and…

Working with Oxfordshire County Council

As this is the first of a series of blogs on BEFSA’s collaboration with Oxfordshire County Council, I thought it might be helpful if I began with a brief history of the council’s work in South Africa. In 1995, a year after South Africa’s first democratic elections, Oxfordshire County Council decided to support the country’s…

Masambe women tell their story

70% of the population in the Amathole District live below the poverty line, according to the Integrated Development Plan Review for 2008/09. The situation is aggravated further by low levels of productivity amongst those who are in employment, low levels of literacy and high crime rates. Unemployment rates in the rural areas are high, being…

Our 10 year anniversary

  On 28 September 2014 BEFSA’s supporters and friends came together to the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock to help the charity celebrate its 10th anniversary. As well as being a wonderful opportunity for everyone to celebrate the work of the charity it was also an opportunity for all those involved in the charity to thank…