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Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits.

As we approach the end of the year, this is also the occasion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Foundation with the inevitable assessment of its impact and journey that comes with such a milestone.
To think in 2013, we began with a small pilot of just 84 children and 5 teachers in South Africa to, now, supporting 180,000 children in 19 countries! We were pioneers, bringing tablets and top educational apps to classrooms that had never used tech before. We added Colombia and Sri Lanka to our reach and by 2017 , we began helping displaced Syrian, Palestinian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese children in our Mobile Education Bus, Mini Tented School and our most recent high-achieving Educational Centre, which continues to fast track children back into mainstream schooling.
In 2020, COVID 19 had a huge impact on our work as schools instantly closed. Despite this, we found innovative ways to provide quality education beyond Edtech, creating outstanding STEAM, Psychosocial support and coding and Mindfulness content. We proudly passed our 100,000 milestone in 2022 and added our newest country, Ukraine, which has now enrolled over 25,000 children.
2023 has been an exciting year with the launch of our biggest project yet – Our Plastic Changemakers program in partnership with world-famous Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. See an example here. We want to inspire 1 million children to become Ambassadors in the fight against plastic, and our recent invitation to present this as part of the United Nations COP 28: The Climate Conference in Dubai has been exceptional.
We have achieved a lot this year and you can read more in our usual annual Impact Report here. I want to thank and congratulate our teams in London and on the ground for all of these successful initiatives!

But…

As we celebrate these last 10 years’ achievements, I find myself at a crossroads, contemplating the future direction of my philanthropic endeavours.

I take pride in that all actions and programs were implemented without fundraising.

When asked about philanthropy, I usually say that there are 2 key success factors: Impact and Sustainability – but over the last few years, I have come to realise that there is a 3rd one, which is the personal connection and personal fulfilment for… the Philanthropist!

As an Entrepreneur, I made the choice to build a team to deliver direct impact instead of financing other people’s initiatives. In hindsight, that was perhaps a little presumptuous as I didn’t have the bandwidth to dedicate enough time to truly get involved in our initiatives. And this has generated some frustrations around the lack of connection with the communities we were helping and not being able to get more involved in the implementation of our initiatives.

Hence, and with much contemplation, I have decided to conclude the current programs of the Breteau Foundation as they stand. This decision was not made lightly, but with the conviction that our significant efforts should be rechanneled with more alignment to my ethos and closer to my heart and roots.

As we bring our current programs to a close, I will, of course, ensure that all resources, tools, and learning platforms we have developed remain accessible, continuing to serve the communities we have worked with. The legacy of the Breteau Foundation will live on in the achievements of these young minds and the positive change they bring to their communities, who will self-manage the programs going forward.

I wish to pause, to reflect, learn and plan for a future course of action. In the coming years, I intend to explore new avenues and, when possible, carve out more time to try to make a difference in ways more directly connected to my experiences and areas of expertise.

I extend my deepest gratitude to each of you – our supporters, partners, volunteers, and of course, the incredible team at the Foundation. Your dedication, belief, and hard work have been the cornerstone of our success.

As we step into 2024, I wish you all a season of joy, peace, and fulfilment. Let’s embrace the future with hope and the conviction that we can all make the world a better place, each in our own unique way.


With heartfelt thanks and warm regards,
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