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SOS Children’s Village Alumnus Joins FreeBalance Team in Sierra Leone


December 19, 2009

Ottawa, Canada (December 18, 2009) – FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth, is pleased to announce that the company has employed Harry Ibrahim Turay, an alumnus of the SOS Children’s Village in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mr. Turay spent 15 years in the SOS Children’s Village program in Sierra Leone and attended the Hermann Gmeiner School from 1991-2006. He joins FreeBalance as a functional support specialist based in Freetown.

Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance, visits SOS Children’s Village in Freetown, Sierra Leone

FreeBalance is a FOPSE that contributes to economic development and social programs in customer countries by forming local partnerships and hiring citizens to ensure independently sustainable implementations. FreeBalance technology accelerates country growth and helps improve governance, demonstrate accountability in public finance and bolster citizen confidence through transparency. FreeBalance is also committed to supporting children’s programs in the developing world. FreeBalance has established partnerships with organizations such as SOS Children’s Villages to directly impact the lives of thousands of children. In Sierra Leone, FreeBalance has worked directly on several projects with the village in Freetown since 2007.

“FOPSE embodies the FreeBalance commitment to international development, active participation in the global community and social responsibility,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “The strength of our company is based not only by the reputation of the products and services that we provide but by the impact that we make in the countries and communities where we do business.”

FreeBalance has successfully transitioned to a FOPSE by directly impacting the civil service and the citizens in customer countries. FreeBalance solutions are now used by 25,000 civil servants in Canada and 35,000 civil servants internationally. Our software solutions are being used to manage a global workforce of nearly 1.5 million civil servants and a quarter trillion dollars in annual budgets worldwide. The FreeBalance Accountability Suite has now been implemented in 18 countries across 15 different time zones and in more than 200 government entities at the national and sub-national level.

About SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children’s Villages is an international non-governmental social development organisation that has been active in the field of children’s rights and committed to children’s needs and concerns since 1949. In 132 countries and territories our activities focus on children without parental care and children of families in difficult circumstances.

At present there are three SOS Children’s Villages in Sierra Leone, two SOS Youth Facilities, one SOS Home for the Physically Challenged, three SOS Kindergartens, three SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, one SOS Vocational Training Centre and one SOS Social Centre/Family Strengthening Programme.

About FreeBalance

Founded in 1984, FreeBalance is a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results.

FreeBalance is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with sales and support offices in Washington, DC (United States), Lima (Peru), Lisbon (Portugal), London (Great Britain), Pristina (Kosovo) and St. John (Antigua and Barbuda). FreeBalance solutions have been implemented in countries across the globe, including Canada, United States, Sierra Leone, Guyana, Pakistan, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Antigua & Barbuda, Timor-Leste, Republic of Kosovo and Panama.

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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