Change the Life of a Girl in Benin



The Batonga Foundation equips adolescent girls living in extreme poverty with the skills, tools, and support they need to complete their education so that they can become the change-makers of Africa.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Today, more girls are graduating from elementary school in Africa than ever before but prejudice, poverty, travel distance and cultural traditions keep fewer than 17 percent of girls from completing secondary school. Shockingly few go on to university, vocational school or some form of job training. More than ever, there is an urgent need – and tremendous opportunity – to leverage the recent progress in girls’ elementary education graduation rates and redirect the course of girls’ lives.

How will this project solve this problem?

Batonga is supporting 178 girls in Benin from grade 7 through grade 12 with scholarship packages that include tuition, uniforms, school supplies, one healthy meal a day and mentoring and community awareness activities that promote girls’ education.

Potential Long Term Impact

Girls’ education improves the well-being of individuals, families, communities and countries. If African girls are given the opportunity to continue their education beyond the primary level they can become the change-makers of Africa.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $265

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $265 .  The original project funding goal was $4,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Stephanie Cate

Washington, District of Columbia United States

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