Byelo Onlus was founded in 2004 by a small group of friends, all strongly motivated as voluntaries in a mission of solidarity.

Byelo was the answer to a need and the fulfilment of a dream. Its projects were to focus mainly on the North of Uganda, devastated by 25 years of ferocious civil war. Later, Byelo extended its attention and projects to Burkina Faso and to Madhya Pradesh in India.

The dream was to reach where the big international organizations cannot reach: to help the poorest of the poor and to ease the misery caused by hunger and war.

The first encounters with Dominique Corti, president of Fondazione Corti, and with Brother Elio Croce (click here), director of the orphanage St. Jude Children’s Home, introduced us to the reality of Northern Uganda.

Byelo realized its projects, thanks to the collaboration of our referents (click here)

Byelo’s presidents from its beginning to the present and their testimonies may help to illustrate some aspects of the organization’s history:

  • 2004-2009 Francesco Bevilacqua, co-founder and president (click here)
  • 2009-2012 Sveva de Bartolomeis co-founder and president (click here)
  • 2012-2018 Ruth Strangemann president (click here)

In 2018 Byelo Onlus was integrated into the organization ‘A Ruota Libera Onlus’. This collaboration called ‘I Bambini di Byelo’ will guarantee the continuity of the Byelo mission. Ruth Strangemann, former president of Byelo Onlus continues to be responsible for its projects and their realization.