An inside look into our mentor training: Q&A with Program Officer Cait Hone

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!

2017 Annual Report!

Batonga’s 2017 Annual Report is here! The Report showcases the methodology behind our programs and the milestones we achieved this past year.

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 Girls in Science!

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.

Batonga Bracelets – a unique holiday gift!

This holiday season give the greatest gift of all: the gift of education! When you purchase this unique set of 9 bracelets made from recycled rubber, 100% of the proceeds will benefit the education and empowerment of women in Benin! Each set contains a Swarovski crystal butterfly.

Angelique visits Batonga’s Girls Clubs in Benin!

Check out these videos of our founder, Angelique Kidjo visiting our mentors and Girls Club members in Bohicon, Benin on International Day of the Girl!

Happy Birthday Angelique: A Message from Our Founder

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.

Batonga is looking for a Program and Outreach Associate in Washington, D.C.

The Program and Outreach Associate supports the Executive Director in the development of Batonga’s overall strategy, the integration and implementation of programs at country level as well as provides technical assistance. In practice this means participating in, and managing specific work streams within global and country strategies, playing a key role in developing and maintaining partnerships, drafting and revising proposals and reports, reviewing budgets and expense reports, and managing Batonga’s day-to-day tasks and communication.

Batonga Founder, Angelique Kidjo, wins third Grammy Award for Best World Music Album

Congratulations to Batonga’s founder, Angélique Kidjo, on winning her third Grammy Award! We couldn’t be more proud.