In rural Benin, the impact of extreme poverty is felt most acutely by children. An event such as the death or illness in the family can put children in vulnerable positions. Neither a case for the local police nor for the hospital, children often suffer by receiving insufficient nutrition or by being sent to work at an early age, disrupting their development and hindering their future opportunities.
- More than 35% of the population lives below the U.S. poverty line of $1.25/day1
- The average Beninese woman gives birth to five children over her lifetime1
Program: Care for Children & Families
We provide for the basic needs of children both at our residential care center and though homestay arrangements with local families. Through these vital services, children receive nutritious meals, safe lodging, quality healthcare, and support from our team of community-based care providers.
- Direct care at our children’s’ center
- Homestay arrangements with local families
Training for Women’s Cooperatives
We run training programs for local women’s cooperatives that focus on a variety of issues pertaining to child health and nutrition.
1. UNICEF, Benin Country Statistics