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Fidesco Charity Profile
Founded in 1981 by the Emmanuel Community, following a meeting in the Vatican with African bishops, Fidesco is an NGO for international solidarity which sends volunteers to countries in the South to put their professional skills at the service of development projects, to help local populations or humanitarian actions.
Volunteers who leave with Fidesco are singles, couples or families, young people, adults or retired, wishing in the name of their faith to work for the marginalized: this explains the name of FIDES - CO : faith and co-operation.
They put themselves at the service of partners of the local Catholic Church, in answer to a need and a request. These partners already work for the good of disadvantaged populations, regardless of religion, ethnicity or culture, in very diverse fields: education, teaching, management, construction, health… and in varied establishments: dispensaries, refugee camps, centers for street children, agricultural schools…
Fidesco works mostly with the Churches in the southern hemisphere, which have a unique experience with the service of the poor, the defense of their rights and good management of the means which are devoted to them.