What is  F.R.E.D.I. ?

F.R.E.D.I. is a French acronym …

Fondation   (Foundation) <to>
Recherche (Search) <for>
Enfants      (Children)
Disparus    (Who have disappeared)


 When did F.R.E.D.I start?

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Work started in February 1995 when it was realized that nothing existed to raise an alert in Europe that children had disappeared.

The project required many meetings with the Police and judicial authorities which led the founders to adjust their objectives so as to avoid any harmful or prejudicial interference.

On the 1st of July 1997 fredi.org went live to alert disappearances after the request of parents, or the Police. A photo and other relevant information are shown.

The Foundation was formally established on the 26th March 2001 and was entered into the Fribourg commercial register on the 3rd April 2001.
F.R.E.D.I has worked to create links to partner organizations not only in Europe, but also in America. 

 F.R.E.D.I. partners and membership

What is the legal situation for F.R.E.D.I?

F.R.E.D.I has received the authorization of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection to publish the photos of children who are missing..

F.R.E.D.I is a Swiss foundation, recognized as a non-profit organization according to article 80ss of the Swiss Civil Code. It is based in Fribourg and registered with the Fribourg cantonal commercial register. It is under the supervision of the Swiss Confederation*.

*N.B. supervision does not imply any aid, neither financial nor logistical.

Under the terms of the foundation one or more people or companies decide to make an unchangeable allocation of goods or services for the general good with no profit envisaged.

Every foundation needs money. The foundation relies on private benefactors giving money for a good cause. But for F.R.E.D.I money has not been a priority.

The priority for F.R.E.D.I is to achieve its objectives.

Money gives the means to achieve these objectives, including training, induction and information. This is a reminder that F.R.E.D.I needs your help, financially or logistically to be able to achieve its objectives.

Extracts (translated) from the law that regulates foundations –“Articles du code civil 211.121, Associations et fondations” . See also Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations

Who Finances F.R.E.D.I ?

 Workers and management for the foundation F.R.E.D.I work without remuneration. F.R.E.D.I receives no financial aid from neither the Canton nor the Swiss Federation. Only gifts, estate beneficiaries, the production and sale of various goods, and the sale of information brochures allow the management of F.R.E.D.I to ‘keep its head above water’.

By a decision in 2011 following a request made by F.R.E.D.I on 08.06.2002 the Fribourg TAX office granted an exemption from all taxes.

Despite a tight budget F.R.E.D.I does not bill families for work following the disappearance of a child despite significant costs following abduction or even a worrying disappearance.

Your help either financial or logistical is therefore very welcome. Please see the link ‘sponsors and help’

In Switzerland most Cantons allow your gifts to be deducted from your taxable income. Please ask your local tax office. F.R.E.D.I will provide you with a certificate to attach to your tax declaration each year.