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Fidesco – Catholic Organization for International Solidarity

Fidesco is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that recruits and trains volunteers before sending them for a one or two year mission in under-served areas of the world. The volunteers make their professional and personal skills available to the needy through humanitarian and development projects.

In 1980 in Rome, African bishops met members of the Emmanuel Community and gave them a challenge: “We need young people coming in the name of their faith to support us in our development projects and offer assistance to our local population. Come join us!”

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Medical care for Guinea’s poor

The largest health care center in the country. It has sixty employees and 4 Fidesco volunteers.  Every year, over 100,000 people receive care and medicine.   The price, at $1.30 for the consultation, all included, is accessible even to the poorest. What is on the horizon. The maximum capacity for the Maternity Center has been […]


Fighting for prisoners in DR Congo

A team of volunteers go to the central prison in Kinshasa to meet with about a dozen prisoners a week. While there, they not only offers legal advice, but also help them with the psychological support they need to deal with the hostile conditions. BAJPD lawyers (4 in Kinshasa, and 2 in Lubumbashi) then handle […]


Farmschool in Indonesia

1999 – the beginning. To support the social and family network in the countryside, the bishop of Manado asked Fidesco in 1999 to participate in a project to process fruit. In 2007, a new directive was given: to open a “farm school” in the village of Lotta. The objectives are to help farmers and their […]


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  • This young couple is with their baby working the Rural Farm School established by the Jesuit priests in the 1950s. Jean [John] and Florence bring their skills of management to the cheese producing sector and for the financial planning of this school.

  • Fidesco USA has closed out this year’s departure group and will now focus on gathering candidates for a 2021 departure. Use the non-binding application found at the Volunteering with Us tab to let us know of your interest in a Fidesco service mission.

  • On June 10 at 2 pm (EST), there will be a Fidesco Information Webinar for people who are considering a departure with Fidesco and the webinar is open for people from all over the world! Register for this free webinar at: webinarfidesco@yahoo.de . You will receive a link before it begins.

  • In this period of confinement linked to the global COVID-19 epidemic, all Fidesco employees remain mobilized in the service of volunteers in the field. Here are some answers to the questions you may be asking yourself. Are volunteers continuing their mission? All our volunteers have a contract with the French government. In consultation with the […]

  • This invitation-only Discernment gathering will be held in France this July. Send in your application NOW so that you may be included in this time of discerning one’s call to work with the poor at a Fidesco project site abroad.

  • Louis and Heidi will be serving orphans in Concepcion, Chile for the next two years. Taking their children on such a mission has been a desire that they have nurtured for many years and their support base extends to the United States. Their work will be to create workshops for children as well as fundraising […]

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2020 Discernment for Candidates dates
 July 10, 2020

This invitation-only discernment gathering will be held in France. Send in your application NOW so that you may be included in this time of discerning your call to work with the poor at a Fidesco project site abroad.

Location:Paray-le-Monial, France

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Fidesco Webinar
 June 10, 2020

This webinar will be conducted by Karel Dekempe in Germany. The two topics to be discussed are: “What is Fidesco?” and “Discerning a departure”. It will last for 90 minutes. To register, send an email with your name to: webinarfidesco@yahoo.de


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