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About 10.6 million people live in Benin. The capital is Porto-Novo, although the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city. The official language is French.
Benin has had a multi-party democracy for about 20 years. President Yavi Boni was elected in 2006. Read more...
Economy: Benin’s 2012 per capita GDP is $806. About half (47%) of the population lives below the international poverty line ($1.25 per day). The economy of Benin is dependent on subsistence farming, cotton production, and regional trade. Cotton accounts for roughly 80% of exports and 40 percent of GDP.
Health: Life expectancy is 59,6 years. Benin had one of the highest death rates for children under the age of five in the world. Its infant mortality rate stood at over 20% of live births.
Education: The literacy rate in Benin is very low: only 28,7% of adults can read and write. The government has abolished school fees in 2007. On average, adults in Benin have had 3.3 years of schooling.
Projects in Benin
Hubi en Vinciane
Self-sufficient Vocational Training Center for women, Parakou, 2016-2019
The Belgian Hubi & Vinciane Foundation supports regional development in the city of Parakou (central Benin)... more

Hubi en Vinciane
Making two teacher training schools self-sufficient in Parakou, 2015-2016
The Hubi & Vinciane Foundation supports regional development around the city of Parakou (central Benin)... more

Woord en Daad
Vocational education, 2012-2015
In Benin, Woord & Daad is working with local organisation DEDRAS. DEDRAS wants to offer youths vocational education tailored to the current labour... more

Le Pont
Construction of Primary School, Fanta, 2014-2015
The Le Pont Foundation is active in Benin and sets up projects concerning education, healthcare, water and sanitation. Every year,... more

Le Pont
Completing 2 classrooms CEG High School, Sazué, 2013
The Le Pont Foundation is focused on the improvement of the overall living conditions in Benin. The foundation sets up water and... more

CARE Nederland
Sustainable development of Mangrove areas, Aguégués Commune, 2011-2013
Care International is an international aid agency. This project wants to enable structural coastal management... more

Hubi en Vinciane
Construction of classrooms and quality improvement of primary education, Sakarou, 2013
The Hubi en Vinciane Foundation strives to improve the standard of living of the people living... more

Hubi en Vinciane
Vocational teacher training at 2 schools, Parakou, 2013
The Hubi en Vinciane Foundation strives to improve the standard of living of the people living in the Borgou department in... more

Gered Gereedschap
Tools for three training organizations in Benin, 2012-2014
Gered Gereedschap ("Rescued Tools") collects and fixes used tools and sends them to developing-aid projects in Africa,... more

Le Pont
Construction of a secondary school, Sazué, 2012-2013
The Le Pont foundation is active in the field of education, healthcare, water and sanitation in Benin. The Turing Foundation has... more

Le Pont
Teacher training and construction of a secondary school, Gbadagui, 2011-2012
In Benin, the Le Pont Foundation takes an active part in improving education, healthcare, water and... more

Nature Tropicale
Sustainable soy cultivation around Lake Siré, Oueme, 2010-2012
Nature Tropicale focuses on the introduction and supervision of the sustainable cultivation of soy around Lake Siré in... more

AquaDeD
Sustainable fish production, Oueme river, 2010-2012
AquaDeD (Aquaculture et Développement Durable) is a young NGO from Benin which especially aims to further develop sustainable... more

Action Plus
Biological cultivation of red pepper, Igbodja region, 2010-2012
Since 1993, the Beninese organisation Action Plus is active in the fields of agriculture, environment and health... more

Le Pont
Construction of new elementary school classrooms, Gountoëto, 2010
The Le Pont Foundation is active in Benin in the field of education, health care, water and sanitation. In 2010, Le... more

Le Pont
Construction of a Primary School in Dangbo, 2008-2009
The Le Pont Foundation constructs schools in Benin that are provided with teachers by the government and are run on parental contributions. In 2008 a new primary school for 100 children... more

CRFA
Sustainable small-scaled agriculture in Borgou, 2007-2009
In Benin, the IUCN and the CRFA work on alternative and improved agricultural systems around the Antisua community forest... more

Liliane Fonds
Support for education of handicapped children, Tanguiéta, Northern Benin, 2007
The Liliane Foundation provides direct, small-scale and tailor-made help to handicapped children and young people in developing countries. In many cases,... more

See also: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, other countries...

Recent history of Benin
    Benin became independent from France in 1960. After twelve years of ethnic strife, coups and regime changes, Lt. Col. Mathieu Kérékou seized power in 1972 and declared Benin officially Marxist. He nationalized the petroleum industry and the banks, and put nearly all business under state control, causing foreign investment in Benin to dry up. Kérékou’s attempts to reorganize education resulted in a mass exodus of teachers and other professionals. The regime financed itself by contracting to take nuclear waste from France. Kérékou arranged show elections where he was the only allowed presidential candidate.
    The economy completely collapsed over the next 17 years, and in 1989 riots broke out after the regime did not have money to pay its army. The banking system collapsed. Kérékou was forced to renounce Marxism, release political prisoners and arrange multi-party elections, which were held in 1991. In those elections, Kérékou ran for office but was defeated, and (to his credit) stepped down peacefully - the first black African president ever to do so. In fact, Kérékou returned to power 5 years later after winning the 1996 vote, and in 2001 won another 5-year term after a closely fought election. He was barred by the constitution from running again in the 2006 elections, which were won by Yayi Boni, who was re-elected in 2011. As of April 2016, Patrice Talon is president of Benin.


Project details

Hubi en Vinciane Self-sufficient Vocational Training Center for women, Parakou, Benin, 2016-2019
The Belgian Hubi & Vinciane Foundation supports regional development in the city of Parakou (central Benin) and its environs with projects in healthcare, economic (agricultural) development and education.

A vocational training centre in Parakou teaches 40 women a year how to process predominantly agricultural products into value-added products like juice or cosmetics. At present the number of trainees and sales during the programme generate insufficient revenue to make qualitative investments. The Hubi & Vinciane Foundation is helping the school build another classroom and improve its product processing facilities. The number of students is expected to grow to 100. The increased revenue is expected to lead to a positive annual result, which will enable the centre to fund small investments on its own in the future.

The Turing Foundation is donating 50,000 to this project (about 50% of the total budget, of which € 20,000 in 2017). see also:
      Hubi en Vinciane: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other vocational training projects
Vocational training center for women, Parakou, Benin
Vocational training center for women, Parakou, Benin


Hubi en Vinciane Making two teacher training schools self-sufficient in Parakou, Benin, 2015-2016
The Hubi & Vinciane Foundation supports regional development around the city of Parakou (central Benin) through projects in health, economic (agricultural) development and education. Since its inception six years ago, Hubi & Vinciane has supported two teacher training schools. In part thanks to a grant from the Turing Foundation in 2013, the quality of education was improved for 550 students in 2013. This final investment in better facilities means that the number of students can be increased to 800. Which puts both schools on a sustainable financial footing, and they are no longer dependent on foreign donors. In addition, there will be more qualified teachers at schools, which will improve pupils' education.

The Turing Foundation contributes €19,000 towards this project, which covers 50% of the total budget. see also:
      Hubi en Vinciane: other projects
      Other teacher training projects
      Other vocational training projects
Making two teacher training schools self-sufficient in Parakou
Making two teacher training schools self-sufficient in Parakou


Woord en DaadDEDRAS ONG Vocational education, Benin, 2012-2015
In Benin, Woord & Daad is working with local organisation DEDRAS. DEDRAS wants to offer youths vocational education tailored to the current labour market. Each year, DEDRAS wants to train 385 youths in the fields of metal, construction, automotive, sewing and agriculture. Trainings are available in three locations: Parakou, Nikki, and Perere. The courses include an apprenticeship and coaching, and the vocational training facility has a Job & Business service centre for apprenticeship and labour market mediation.

The Turing Foundation will be donating a total of € 125,000 for the realisation of three years of vocational education (€ 50.000 in 2014). see also:
      Woord en Daad: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
DEDRAS Vocational education, Benin, 2012-2015
DEDRAS Vocational education, Benin, 2012-2015


Le Pont Construction of Primary School, Fanta, Benin, 2014-2015
The Le Pont Foundation is active in Benin and sets up projects concerning education, healthcare, water and sanitation. Every year, Le Pont builds a school with help of the local community, who is responsible for part of the finance and workforce concerning construction and maintenance. This particular project involves a school in Fanta, a small village in the Comé province, in the south of Benin. Half of the 200 school children is taught in an open construction made of posts and straw. The construction of three 'real' classrooms will contribute to better education for this group of children.

Previously, the Turing Foundation already sponsored Le Pont for the construction of four other schools in Benin, and will contribute € 12,000 for the realization of the Fanta primary school. see also:
      Le Pont: other projects
      Other building projects
The old school 'building', Fanta, Benin, 2014-2015
The old school "building", Fanta, Benin, 2014-2015


Le Pont Completing 2 classrooms CEG High School, Sazué, Benin, 2013
The Le Pont Foundation is focused on the improvement of the overall living conditions in Benin. The foundation sets up water and hygiene, education, and healthcare projects. The Turing Foundation has already contributed to the building of a school by the Le Pont Foundation three times before, including three classrooms for the CEG High School in Sazué. In 2012, the Sazué community started on the construction of an annex consisting of two classrooms, but due to a lack of funds they haven't been able to finish the building.

An €11,500 contribution of the Turing Foundation pays for a new roof, windows and doors, and a new floor. see also:
      Le Pont: other projects
      Other building projects
Afbouw 2 lokalen CEG High School Sazué, Benin
Afbouw 2 lokalen CEG High School Sazué, Benin


CARE Nederland Sustainable development of Mangrove areas, Aguégués Commune, Benin, 2011-2013
Care International is an international aid agency. This project wants to enable structural coastal management by protecting and replanting mangroves in the Vallée du Couffo and Vallée de l'Ouémé in Benin, where we're also working with the AQUADED organisation through IUCN NL. The ecological importance has recently been acknowledged by the Ramsar convention. An important part of the project concerns the establishment of food security and creating alternative income for a community that's entirely dependent on the mangrove forests and this coastal area.

From 2011-2013, the Turing Foundation will be donating € 160,000 to this project (€ 60.000 in 2013). see also: Other mangrove projects
Sustainable development of Mangrove areas, Aguégués Commune, Benin
Sustainable development of Mangrove areas, Aguégués Commune, Benin


Hubi en Vinciane Construction of classrooms and quality improvement of primary education, Sakarou, Benin, 2013
The Hubi en Vinciane Foundation strives to improve the standard of living of the people living in the Borgou department in Benin. The foundation invests in the quality of education by building 3 extra classrooms for a school in Sakarou. That way, children can attend classes in the same classroom throughout the year. It will also mark the end of the chaotic and packed classrooms at the school.

The Turing Foundation will donate € 18,000 for the construction of 3 classrooms. see also:
      Hubi en Vinciane: other projects
      Other building projects
Improvement of quality of primary education in Benin, 2013
Improvement of quality of primary education in Benin, 2013


Hubi en Vinciane Vocational teacher training at 2 schools, Parakou, Benin, 2013
The Hubi en Vinciane Foundation strives to improve the standard of living of the people living in the Borgou department in Benin. In the area surrounding Parakou, only 12 percent of teachers has a qualification. Since all teachers are sure of a job and receive a fixed government salary, many young people want to become teachers. The training consists of a year of classes and a one-year internship. For 2013, Hubi and Vinciane plan to invest in two teacher trainings by paying for extra training for current teachers, scholarships for underprivileged youths, libraries, and school furniture and teaching materials. By doing so, Benin can look forward to approximately 550 new qualified teachers every year that can get started right away.

The Turing Foundation will contribute € 20,000 to the improvement of the quality of 2 teacher trainings. see also:
      Hubi en Vinciane: other projects
      Other teacher training projects
      Other vocational training projects
Vocational teacher training at 2 schools in Benin, 2013
Vocational teacher training at 2 schools in Benin, 2013


Gered Gereedschap Tools for three training organizations in Benin, 2012-2014
Gered Gereedschap ("Rescued Tools") collects and fixes used tools and sends them to developing-aid projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on request. Every year, the foundation supplies developing countries with over 100,000 tools, enabling thousands of people to learn a trade and make a living.

In 2012, the Turing Foundation will pay for the project costs (€ 37,500) for the collection, recycling, packaging and shipping of tools and sewing machines to three training centres in Benin. The shipment will provide three vocational training centres with 90 sewing machines, 107 tool sets and various workshop machines. see also:
      Gered Gereedschap: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
Gered Gereedschap Foundation
Gered Gereedschap Foundation


Le Pont Construction of a secondary school, Sazué, Benin, 2012-2013
The Le Pont foundation is active in the field of education, healthcare, water and sanitation in Benin. The Turing Foundation has already funded the construction of a school by the Le Pont foundation three times before. Now, Le Pont wants to construct a secondary school in Sazué, train its teachers, offer school lunches to improve the children's concentration, and lay out school gardens.

In 2012, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 15,000 to the project. see also:
      Le Pont: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other teacher training projects
The current situation in Sazué
The current situation in Sazué


Le Pont Teacher training and construction of a secondary school, Gbadagui, Benin, 2011-2012
In Benin, the Le Pont Foundation takes an active part in improving education, healthcare, water and sanitation. Previously, the Turing Foundation contributed to Le Pont Foundation's construction of two primary schools. Now, Le Pont wants to set up a secondary school in Gbadagui, as well as train 80 schoolmasters in school management, pedagogy and administration.

In 2011, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 14,000 to the project. see also:
      Le Pont: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other teacher training projects
One of the other schools built by Le Pont in Benin
One of the other schools built by Le Pont in Benin


Nature TropicaleIUCN Nederland Sustainable soy cultivation around Lake Siré, Oueme, Benin, 2010-2012
Nature Tropicale focuses on the introduction and supervision of the sustainable cultivation of soy around Lake Siré in Oueme, Benin. A minimum of 50 women and 50 youngsters will be trained to cultivate soy as an alternative source of income to the cultivation of cotton, which is extremely environmentally unfriendly. By locally decreasing the pressure on nature, Lake Siré - host to manatees, for example - can be protected.

Through IUCN NL, the Turing Foundation will donate a total of € 33,000 to the project. see also: IUCN Nederland: other projects
Sustainable soy cultivation around Lake Siré, Oueme, Benin, 2010-2012
Sustainable soy cultivation around Lake Siré, Oueme, Benin, 2010-2012


AquaDeDIUCN Nederland Sustainable fish production, Oueme river, Benin, 2010-2012
AquaDeD (Aquaculture et Développement Durable) is a young NGO from Benin which especially aims to further develop sustainable fishing in the flood plains of the Oueme river, a recognized nature reserve. The use of whedos - canals filling up during the rainy season, and in which fish remains - and the biological growth of fish feed contributes to the recovery of nature. By training 100 women in a more economical use of wood when smoking fish, this project also plays a role in the improvement of the daily social circumstances of these women.

The Turing Foundation finances this project via IUCN NL, donating € 33,000 from 2010 to 2012. see also: IUCN Nederland: other projects
Sustainable fish production, Oueme river, Benin
Sustainable fish production, Oueme river, Benin


Action PlusIUCN Nederland Biological cultivation of red pepper, Igbodja region, Benin, 2010-2012
Since 1993, the Beninese organisation Action Plus is active in the fields of agriculture, environment and health care. This NGO is working on a biological agriculture training project for women in Central-East Benin, in the Igbodja region. The aim of the project is to protect the regional forests by using the right crops and production methods for their recovery. This method is called 'agroforestry'. The peppers are in great demand on the local market and can therefore be a welcome source of income for the women.

The Turing Foundation provides funding for this project via IUCN NL by donating € 33,000 between 2010 and 2012. see also: IUCN Nederland: other projects
Biologische teelt van rode peper, Igbodja regio, Benin
Biologische teelt van rode peper, Igbodja regio, Benin


Le Pont Construction of new elementary school classrooms, Gountoëto, Benin, 2010
The Le Pont Foundation is active in Benin in the field of education, health care, water and sanitation. In 2010, Le Pont will construct three extra classrooms for the existing elementary school in Gountoëto, which serves 260 pupils. The community is actively involved and does not only contribute financially, but also supplies workers for the construction activities.

In 2010, the Turing Foundation donates € 11,500 towards the construction of the classrooms. see also:
      Le Pont: other projects
      Other building projects
Old situation in Gountoëto
Old situation in Gountoëto


Le Pont Construction of a Primary School in Dangbo, Benin, 2008-2009
The Le Pont Foundation constructs schools in Benin, that are provided with teachers by the government and are run on parental contributions. The success of the concept on the long run fully depends on financial contributions by parents and their assistance in the construction process. In 2008 the foundation constructs a new primary school in Dangbo for 100 children.

The Turing Foundation donates € 11,500 towards the construction of this school. see also:
      Nieuwsbrief over opening Dangbo school (Le Pont)
  Opening school Dangbo Honmé (Benin TV)
      Le Pont: other projects
      Other building projects
Construction of the primary school in Dangbo, Benin
Construction of the primary school in Dangbo, Benin


CRFAIUCN Nederland Sustainable small-scaled agriculture in Borgou, Benin, 2007-2009
In an attempt to bring the dramatic loss of biodiversity in Borgou to a standstill, IUCN Nederland works together with the local organisation CRFA (Conseil Régional de la Forêt Antisua) to develop and implement alternative and improved agricultural systems around the Antisua community forest.

The local community is being trained in the small-scaled production of soy (which is very effective in soil enrichment), reforesting, forest management, beekeeping, poultry farming, crop rotation strategies and in the production of small energy-efficient wood-burning stoves.

The Turing Foundation finances this project until 2009 (€ 60,000). see also: IUCN Nederland: other projects
Sustainable small-scaled agriculture
Sustainable small-scaled agriculture


Liliane Fonds Support for education of handicapped children, Tanguiéta, Northern Benin, 2007
The Liliane Foundation provides direct, small-scale and tailor-made help to handicapped children and young people in developing countries. In many cases, the Liliane Foundation helps those children to go to school. What especially appeals to the Turing Foundation is that the Liliane Foundation in this way offers opportunities to children who cannot be helped by any other educational relief organisation, because their needs are too small-scaled.

The Turing Foundation donates € 250,000 to the Liliane Foundation in 2007 for basic facilities (in locations such as Tanguiéta, North-Benin) and educational aid for approximately 1,300 children. see also:
      Turing Foundation helpt kinderen in Benin
      Liliane Fonds: other projects
key facilities, Tanguiéta, Northern Benin
key facilities, Tanguiéta, Northern Benin