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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

7 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.

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!

1

Advisor

Rating: 4

The Batonga Foundation is a jewel of an organization that has yet to tap its potential for helping to educate girls in Africa. I was introduced to Batongal more than a year when a friend invited me to attend a fundraiser for the organization. After hearing the remarks of those in attendance, I was impressed with its mission. A few months later I offered to assist Batonga. The challenges currently facing Batonga is the development of a strategic plan that will address future fundraising strategies that will allow the organization to hire at least some additional staff members; a plan of action for expanding the board; the development of a data base of donors and alumni; and the development of marketing materials that clearly tells the story of the wonderful work that this small organization is doing to change the lives of girls in Africa.

Rudy P.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Batonga Foundation offers a simple solution to the complex challenges in Africa. By offering education to girls and women throughout Africa, the Batonga Foundation serves as the needed support for Africa's local communities. By strengthening the knowledge base of underprivileged women, Africa’s mothers, sisters and daughters will be able to make better decisions and become empowered to lead. In every social challenge, women have led the way for major impact. The Batonga Foundation offers the tools for women to take on greater responsibilities to tackle the social challenges of Africa.