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Saido Berahino Foundation: Lavish launch party but what happened next?

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The Saido Berahino Foundation was launched with a lavish party in London and to a fanfare in the media.

But fast forward nearly two years its social media activity has ground to a halt and its website is offline.

The foundation was founded in May 2015 and supported by the likes of Irish model Vogue Williams. A website outlined ambitious plans for child scholarships in Africa.

It also prominently displayed the logo of the international safe water charity WaterAid as well as details of how people could make donations.

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But now the websites saidoberahinofoundation.org and sb18foundation.org display an 'Internal Server Error'.

It comes as an Express & Star investigation was told the ex-Albion star's foundation has never made a donation to WaterAid which is supposed to be one if its main beneficiaries.

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On May 6, 2015, Berahino tweeted from his verified Twitter account: "Last night saw the official launch of SB18foundation and support for @wateraiduk! Thank you to all that attended #GodIsGood".

The multi-millionaire who lives in Cannock added: "Another step closer to a brighter future to the ones that are less fortunate, your help counts! #SB18foundation"

When the website was launched in 2015 it read: "He is passionate about alleviating global poverty, and he hopes that his support of WaterAid will help them to reach more people with clean water and sanitation."

Berahino said in a club-issued press release: "It is very moving to see the struggle my people follow back in Burundi. I know I have been blessed to enjoy good fortune and it is right that I try to share that with people who need it most."

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The website also said 108 scholarships would be created for disadvantaged African children every year from September 2015.

It read: "We have developed a comprehensive scholarship program targeting children from disadvantaged and underprivileged communities. We have agreed to sponsor 108 children in Africa up to secondary level.

"This initiative will occur annually in September and will be funded from the Saido Berhaino (sic) Foundation, starting from September 2015.

"The application process and recommendations of two eligible students in every country will be submitted by our partners in Africa.

"A robust evaluation and monitoring mechanism is in place to ensure that donations reach the beneficiaries."

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