Dagbé means “to do good” in the Fon-Mahi language of central Benin. We do good by working with rural communities to provide critical services to children who would not otherwise have safe lodging, nutritious meals, healthcare, or the opportunity to attend school. In the communities we serve, our organization is the only resource of its kind for children in crisis.
Caring for Children & Families in Need
- • Meals, safe lodging, and healthcare for children
- • Direct care at our children’s center
- • Home-stay arrangements with local families
Providing Access to Education
- • Scholarships for school fees, supplies, uniforms
- • Subsidized nutrition and healthcare
- • Subsidized legal birth certificates
Preventing Child Trafficking
- • Intervention and advocacy in coordination with extended family and local authorities
- • Community anti-child trafficking network
- • Communications via radio
Supporting Economic Development
- • The funds to support entrepreneurial efforts and small businesses
- • Business education and technical training
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Dagbé was founded by former Peace Corps volunteers who served in central Benin and recognized the urgent need to assist children in crisis situations.
Our U.S. based team includes individuals in the management consulting, private equity, finance, public health, and social enterprise sectors, while our staff in Benin includes a local government leader, community health workers, and small business owners.
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We work in the hilly central region of Benin known as the Collines.
Aside from a few larger towns, the Collines is comprised of mostly rural areas where economic activity is dominated by agriculture. While the farmlands generate some income for the region, they are isolated from the rest of the country, and are often the last regions in Benin to receive governmental assistance or infrastructure improvements.