There is no development without education
“Chispas” means “sparks” in Spanish.
The first project developed by Chispas Amazonicas bore fruit: a secondary school was set up in Santo Tomás, in the Amazon. The school is now managed by the Peruvian authorities. But Chispas Amazonicas continues to help the school and offers scholarships for students going on to higher education.
A new project is being developed in Burkina Faso: Chispas is helping take the primary school in Pissi out of extreme poverty. The association’s ambition is to develop a revolutionary project: a kitchen run on solar and biomass energy that will provide hundreds of meals a day for the schoolchildren and enable the local economy to develop.
Chispas was able to help the children of Santo Tomás to build a better future: our young “sparks” responded to the hope they aroused!
We help Chispas to light “sparks” of hope in the eyes of the children in Pissi!
BDE Group also supports the boys’ Pastoureaux, Petits Chanteurs de Waterloo, choir.
Founded in 1974, the Pastoureaux choir has over fifty members, aged 7 to 14 years, with voices varying from soprano to alto. Around twenty young people and adults strengthen the choir with tenors and basses. Within the Pastoureaux choir a group of twenty children form the cantata group: it includes even keener children who are able to develop additional skills and so tackle more complex works.
With more than 1,000 concerts held in Belgium and during the worldwide tours (all over Europe, North and South America, Japan, Colombia, etc.), the Pastoureaux choir has acquired not only exceptional experience but also an international reputation. Meetings with an enthusiastic public help them to add to and enhance their skills.
These experiences have in particular led them to sing with José Van Dam, and they have even been invited by Belgium’s royal family to sing. Some Pastoureaux soloists have sung at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (in Brussels) and at the Brooklyn Opera (in New York).
The musical work and the experience of being part of a group are a central part of the Pastoureaux project. In practice, the Pastoureaux choir meets weekly in separate sections for two rehearsals. The full choir, with both children and adults, rehearses once a fortnight.
The BDE Group supported Oxfam in 2014 through the Oxfam Trailwalker 2014.
The objective of the walk is to help raise money to fight world poverty. The challenge is for a team of 4 people to walk 100 km in a maximum of 30 hours. Alongside the walk, each team is committed to raising at least 1500 euros for Oxfam-Solidarity projects in the northern and southern hemispheres.