Stories from change-makers in Benin
The program aims to equip girls like Daouda with the tools they need to address the issues facing them and determine their own futures.
“At first, in the village, we were criticized. Now, we are appreciated, because we dare to tackle sensitive topics like girls’ education, teenage pregnancies and early marriage.” Daouda explains. “Sports are a way to be respected. In football, we do as well as boys. And now, they listen to us! I never imagined that sport would change my life.”
The app is called Confidence, and it enables young people to connect with doctors and psychologists online. It provides access to a directory of health services, includes a hotline and chat function for consultations, and provides health and sexuality information. Users will also be able to order contraception and test kits for home delivery.
“I could not have imagined that I would have such a rich and diverse experience working with a team of young people from diverse backgrounds,” Madjidath says. “We now hope to secure funding and launch the application in the near future.”
Kevinne quickly became pregnant, and her husband became severely abusive. “I had to escape for me and my baby. I didn’t love him. What was I supposed to do?”
Kevinne was able to return home. She still faces many challenges, but she has been able to take control of her own life. Through Plan, she’s now involved in educating other girls about the risks of teenage pregnancy. And she’s being trained to become a hairdresser.
“I want to make my own income and build a life for me and my children,” Kevinne says. “In the future, I want to graduate and open my own salon.”
Plan International has been working to improve children’s lives in Benin since 1994.
Our work in Benin
Offices & operations
Plan Benin’s country office is located in Cotonou, with program unit offices in Adjohoun, Bohicon and Natitingou.
Education, child protection, health and skills and work.
Number of sponsored children
As of June 2020, people like you sponsor 29,433 children in Benin through Plan International.
Gender equality is a fight we must all take on together. Through sponsorship, you can change lives and create long-term impact in communities.
The full circle of Fate
When you sponsor a child through through Plan, you form an incredible friendship.
But that’s just the beginning. With Plan, you also have the unique opportunity to:
Send them birthday gifts and cards.
Give them special holiday presents called Little Treasures.
Subscribe them to Plan’s educational kids’ magazine, Sunny Days.
— Visit them (when travel restrictions are lifted), with individual travel assistance from us.
Each gift offering is safely hand-delivered by us, and given to your child with personalized cards from you. It’s likely that the child you sponsor will have never seen anything like these gifts, and with the exception of Little Treasures they’re available year-round to make the bond between you and your sponsored child even stronger.Meet a child to sponsor