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Batonga Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Education, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Secondary & High Schools, Women, Womens Rights, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: Founded by Grammy Award-winning, Benin native and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, Batonga’s mission is to equip young women and girls in Benin with knowledge and skills they need to be agents of change in their communities and in their own lives.

Results: Since our founding in 2006: ● Over 5,000 academic years of education provided to girls in 5 African countries, through holistic support, scholarships and in-kind support to their families ● 8,727 students have access to wells and latrines across 7 schools in Benin ● Over 222,000 students in Benin’s poorest regions received TOMS shoes for the walk to school Since launching our data-driven approach in 2016: ● 1,629 girls recruited into our 60 Girls Clubs ○ 98% attendance rate achieved ○ 100% of girls in clubs engaged in business skills development and income-generating activity ● 21 villages mapped using the Girl RosterTM digital survey tool to gather data on excluded/vulnerable girls ○ 92% female field staff ● Engaged and received enthusiastic support from 100% of community leaders ● 20 NGOs from 8 West African countries and 3 government agencies actively engaged through our learning circle, Réseau d'Apprentissage des Filles Adolescentes Bénin ● 1,768 individuals trained ○ 97% female ○ 95% rural

Target demographics: Batonga equips young women and girls in Benin with knowledge and skills they need to be agents of change in their communities and in their own lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100,000 young women, girls, their families and their communities.

Geographic areas served: Benin

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Meghan Cate M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Batonga takes an informed and data-driven approach to empowering young women and girls. They make sure that donor funds reach the populations that need support most.

Rachel I.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

From the moment we began working together, I've truly been blown away by Batonga's thoughtfulness in all aspects of their organization. They're an incredible team with a great mission, a strong vision and the passion needed to make it all possible.

Rebecca S.3

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with the DC office of Batonga as a fundraising consultant. In my role, I have been invited into the innerworkings of many NGOs. At Batonga, what I appreciate is the innovative use of technology and the sheer determination to find those girls and young women who exist off the paved road, where other groups and development dollars would never reach -- either because of geography, capacity or will. I also love their desire and talent in partnering, so that the technology and program they utilize is adopted far and wide, multiplying their impact. They aren't concerned about what's proprietary, rather what works. I also love that this is an organization founded by a woman from Africa, and that in itself is an incredible source of inspiration that reaches all the way to that young girl finally getting her chance.

Aleta W.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Batonga has been able to evolve its model which has targeted vulnerable girls at the secondary level well before others focused on this critical population. Batonga's approach is evidence-driven and uses data through asset mapping to customize its efforts to identify and reach the most marginalized girls. It sources and adapts successful tools, technologies and strategies (so not re-inventing, but adapting, what works) from others and has a very robust partnership strategy to expand its efforts. It is championed by one of the most dynamic African influencers, Angelique Kidjo, who uses her voices and multiple platforms to champion girls and women's issues.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Its hard to find an organization as committed to supporting women's education in Africa as The Batonga Foundation. Watching their hard work to empower young girls and women through secondary and higher education is absolutely inspiring.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Batonga does some of the most innovative work in the field of girls education. I am continually impressed by their efforts.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Batonga from the beginning- This is the most passionate, committed group of people and board and it is an honor to also help make the lives of those young Girls in Benin a bit better thanks to the countless efforts of this foundation and the co founder, Angelique Kidjo. Integrity and activism go together-that is what Batonga is about.

Advisor

Rating: 5

We've travelled a few times to Benin and had a chance to meet some of the girls supported by the Foundation and we saw through the years their life and their self confidence improved significantly!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Batonga is lead by Angelique Kidjo who uses her status as an African superstar to reach out to vulnerable girls and remind them that they can succeed. Batonga provides programming designed for their clientele and works to ensure that the girls who have been left behind by other development efforts can gain critical life skills.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

Batonga helps educate young women in Africa. In most African nations, only a small percentage of girls are able to attend secondary school. But research has shown that educating girls is vital to improving living standards in developing nations. Educated girls marry later, have fewer children, are less likely to die in childbirth and their children have lower mortality rates.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Batonga Foundation is a passionate organization that is dedicated to empowering the most vulnerable young women and girls in Benin. Their work is truly unique through their use of the Girl Roster Tool , and their staff is doing great work both in Benin and and in the US!

Kate A.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great organization with deep institutional knowledge and expertise in the region!

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a great mission and a wonderfully passionate team!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the mission and the work this org does! They are so committed to girls' education!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Batonga Foundation is an amazing organization empowering the young women of Africa to not only change their own lives dramatically, but the lives of their families and community. This foundation and the work they do reaches far beyond the individual, by educating and supporting these girls, they are boosting their country’s health and economics, providing a more enriched life for all.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Batonga Foundation is a super lean and efficient organization plus it targets Africa's challenges by equipping real change agents - in the form of Africa's own girls! When I work with or donate to Batonga, I feel confident that my efforts and dollars are making the biggest possible impact.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization and Executive Director doing great things and transforming women's lives in Africa.

Donor

Rating: 5

Batonga is making dreams possible for young girls and changing lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Batonga Foundation is doing an amazing job sponsoring vulnerable girls in Africa in need of an education. The Foundation is tackling several key problems that lead to the majority of women in sub Saharan Africa to be uneducated or under educated. By providing solutions to these problems, like transportation, school supplies, uniforms, tuition, and sanitary bathroom facilities, Batonga Foundations is making headway in making the future brighter, one girl at a time. Since the Batonga Foundation does not have any employees in Africa and instead partners with NGOs already in the area, Batonga is providing the resources while these groups implement the necessary changes in their community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Batonga Foundation is an incredible organization committed to providing girls in Africa the foundation to higher learning. Their innovative thinking is one of many ways to bring awareness and empowerment to the future of the African culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Batonga Foundation is both incredibly innovative and unique, with a mission unlike any other organization. Its commitment to empower young girls and women through secondary and higher education is multifaceted and comprehensive. The Batonga Foundation should be an example to other nonprofit organizations on the best ways to reach its target community while inspiring those who want to create change.