Benin

Country Info

CARE started working in Benin in 1999 and today is recognized for its education, gender-based violence, and microfinance interventions. Nearly half the population of Benin is under the age of 15, and one of the major challenges to be addressed is the improvement of the legal and political status of women in Benin. CARE conducted a study in 2009 and then designed, together with partners and participants, a strategy for the empowerment of women and girls. CARE Benin is currently working with partners to design new programs on maternal and reproductive health, food security, nutrition, and adaptation to climate change.

CARE Benin also oversees operations in neighbouring Togo, which began in 1986. Since then, CARE Togo has been involved in programs in health, water infrastructure, prevention of child trafficking, and capacity building for community organizations.

Our work in Benin and Togo focuses on:

  • education
  • gender-based violence
  • economic development
  • governance

Our Work in Benin

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

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CARE Cornell Research Partnership

Our Vision

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

CARE Cornell Research Partnership

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Bringing together superb research capacities and an unparalleled global reach and depth of community relationships, CARE and Cornell University are working together in a new collaboration to create sustainable solutions targeting global concerns, including world hunger and climate change. The effort is focused on the most vulnerable populations, especially women and families. 

WASHplus: Supportive Environments for Healthy Households and Communities

WASHplus is USAID’s flagship global Environmental Health project. Led by FHI 360 in partnership with CARE, WASHplus promotes healthy households and communities by creating and delivering interventions that lead to significant improvements in access, practices, and health outcomes related to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and Household Air Pollution (HAP).

7/7/14

Mother-in-Laws Matter

Rani is 17 years old, beautiful, confident, and committed to change.  In her village in Bangladesh, most girls get married between 12 and 14, and don’t go to school past the fifth grade.  Not Rani

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2/19/14

“No force on Earth dares to neglect me.”

That’s what a Yemeni woman told CARE when we asked her about political participation.

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2/19/14

The Courage to Help a Friend

Ramatou Sambo is 12 years old, enrolled in public primary school in the village of Maréguinta in Benin. Fatherless, Ramatou lives with her mother.

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12/5/13

Why Activism? How “16 Days” Highlights Tools to End Gender-Based Violence

by Milkah Kihunah

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