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  • A walk in the Ethiopian Highlands

    One of the most extraordinary contradictions of expectation is of how beautifully green and lush the Ethiopian countryside is. It continually varies as you travel through the mountains, hills and valleys, the vibrant greens of the farmlands to the wild flowers of the highland peaks.

  • A big thank you from the children in Bekoji

    A short video showing the children enjoying their technology lessons in the FSL sponsored classroom and dedicated teacher.

  • Computer lesson in Bekoji

    Great to see the FSL sponsored classroom and teacher fully utilised and adding great value to the local community!

  • Stand By Me and the Bethany school

    October 2014 – As part of the restructure of FSL the management decided to change how we contributed to society through our Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Previous CSR activities involved giving cash donations to various charitable organisations, unnoticed by the staff and with little follow up as to the real social effect of these donations.

  • Bekoji Ethiopia

    November 2014 - Bekoji town is several hours drive south from Addis Ababa in the lush Ethiopian highlands. A Chinese built road runs through the town, the donkeys, horses and carts more suited to the unpaved side streets that are lined with simple built shacks or timber framed mud houses.

  • The FSL Charity Committee

    December 2014  - From the outset it was important to the Directors of FSL that our programme of Corporate Social Responsibility be inclusive and driven by willing staff members. The presentation of the project, to support the technical department at the Bethany School in Bekoji Ethiopia, found more staff supporters than anticipated. The FSL Charity Committee was subsequently formed from a group of enthusiastic staff brimming with ideas.

  • The Widest Benefit for Bekoji

    January 2015 - As the building works for the Bethany School technical department proceed at a pace, the scope of what we believe we can achieve with the computer facilities is beginning to take shape.

  • Foundations Are In!

    March 2015 - David Spurdle, of Stand by Me, is one of those enterprising executives with old school values. The likes of which have been building the new British corporate successes. David’s drive is, however, not for commercial gain but from a strong desire to empower those in the poorest parts of the world to better themselves and their communities. He is a ‘get on with it’ executive where to make a decision is better than making no decision and the lessons learned from mistakes are as valuable as the successes.

  • Nepal Earthquake Appeal

    April 2015 - On 25th April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the worst in the country’s history, struck at 11:56 am leaving over 8,000 people dead, injuring more than 23,000 with hundreds of thousands left either homeless or displaced.