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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

4 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.

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.

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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.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Batonga Foundation does a wonderful job providing education to young girls in Africa. It is a critical organization that not only empowers young girls to dream of a future, despite their circumstances, but it also helps make it a reality.