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The urgent need to invest in Benin’s f...

Ever wondered why we work in Benin and specifically invest in Benin’s female youth? Check out our this blog post to find out how Benin’s growing population of youth creates an incredible opportunity to help the country develop politically, economically, and socially.

An inside look into our mentor training:...

We sat down with Program Officer Caitlin Hone to discuss her recent trip to Benin – read along to learn more about Batonga’s staff, mentors, Girls Club members, and our exciting on-the-ground work!

Happy World Youth Skills Day!

Angelique watches as Girls Club members make soap. On World Youth Skills Day, we celebrate the power of transferable skills to improve the lives of countless youth all over the world. Not only does an increase in skills training for youth lead to greater personal success, but it can also lead to a stronger and healthier global economy.

Happy International Day of Women and Gir...

Although the worldwide gender gap in education has begun to close, there are still significant disparities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In the United States, women make up only 35% of undergraduate students in STEM fields, in Benin, however, where only 1 in 4 girls complete primary school, the STEM gap is even more pronounced. For girls who make it past primary school, obstacles such as familial obligations, sexual assault, unplanned pregnancy, menstruation, and child marriage can make staying in and excelling in school even more challenging.

Happy Birthday Angelique: A Message from...

Every year, as my birthday approaches, my friends and loved ones start talking about giving and receiving gifts. And every year it makes me think about all the many gifts I have been blessed with in my life.