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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

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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.

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.

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a great mission and a wonderfully passionate team!

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

Batonga is a terrific Foundation that I have been proud to support. They make a big difference in the lives of women in Africa!

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that the Batonga Foundation, under the expert and committed leadership of Angelique Kidjo, has done and is doing has already made a tremendous positive difference in the lives of hundreds of girls in five African countries. Making it possible to attain a secondary or higher education not only educates the girls, but will also affect their future families and communities. Educating these young girls and broadening their intellectual horizons is a strong step toward an enlightened Africa. What a gift Batonga gives! As a member of the Grobanites for Africa team, I made donations to sponsor girls' education, and also encouraged other Grobanites (fans of Josh Groban) to do the same. Receiving letters and pictures from my girls made me realize how their lives were changing for the better. The Batonga Foundation made our connection possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

As Co-chair of Grobanites for Africa, I know the donations our group has made has made a difference in the lives of so many young women in Sierra Leone and throughout Africa. We receive updates and letters from the groups of girls we are able to sponsor. We know we are a part of making a difference in their lives, and they will be making a difference in their community and sharing their education with many more. Batonga makes it possible for these girls to receive that education. Girls are changing Africa and education makes the difference.