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Capital: Porto-Novo

Language: French

Population: 11 Million

Plan International has been working in Benin since 1994, helping children access their rights to health, nutrition, education and protection.

Our programs benefit more than 16,000 children in 110 communities.

Currently, we are working to protect children from being trafficked to the plantations and quarries in neighbouring Nigeria and Gabon, as well as the diamond mines in Angola. Plan International is assisting communities to put in place appropriate local child protection services, so that thieves and trafficking perpetrators will be dealt with, in accordance with the law, in villages and boroughs.

A young boy attends classes at his Plan-supported school.
Thanks to a Plan facilitated Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA), Christina took out a loan to expand her farming business.
A Plan supported girls football club

Plan's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • 95% of people in rural areas have inadequate sanitation facilities, putting lives at risk
  • Many children don’t have enough food for healthy growth and 18% are moderately or severely underweight
  • More than 2/3 of women aged 15 and older are illiterate.

How your support is helping Benin:

Plan International's work in Benin covers 3 core areas, all of which are rooted in the rights of the child:

Quality education
  • Helps ensure children have access to quality basic education with emphasis on improved retention, completion, and performance
  • Supports initiatives to improve transition into secondary school
  • Emphasizes inclusive education by targeting the most marginalized children, promoting gender and disability-friendly school facilities, good governance and enhanced monitoring and supervision
Economic security
  • Promotes food security and community-based micro-finance, specifically Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA); appropriate employable skills for the youth to strengthen household resilience and create economic opportunities
Child protection
  • Helps ensure the proper management of childhood illnesses and helps families cope with emergency situations
  • Contributes to effective national and community level child protection systems, such as strengthening child protection systems and disaster risks response.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 36% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 85 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 59 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in French

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Thank you Merci
Goodbye Au revoir
Happy Birthday Bon anniversaire

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