The Benin Orphans and Vulnerable Children (O.V.C.) Project
Location: Aklampa, Bénin
DESCRIPTION OF THE O.V.C. - BENIN (AKLAMPA)
Aklampa is a rural district located in the of central Benin, in the commune of Glazoué . It is located 33 km, 45 km and 53 km respectively from the administrative centers of the communes of Glazoué, Bantè and Savalou on dirty roads that are difficult to access during rainy periods. Its population is estimated at 31,448 inhabitants in 2020, including 15,797 men and 15,650 women, with 17,879 young people under the age of twenty.
The level of education in the population is very low and varies by sex. Thus, less than 49% of women have no formal education compared to 30% of men. Less than 23% of women have primary education compared to 25% of men. This loss in the education of young people is fundamentally due to the low income of some parents and also to the fact that some children have become orphans at a very young age. Another big problem is the lack of alphabetization due to the deterioration of the educational system at the national level.
The main activity in Aklampa is rural agriculture, which hinders schooling and the promotion of income-generating activities such as small businesses and handicrafts.
It is therefore to provide an efficient and effective response to these various concerns which inhibit efforts for human development in Aklampa that the Benin-O.V.C. was born. This project provides essentially psycho-social and economic support to orphans and vulnerable children.
The main objectives to remember are:
- Assist Orphans and Vulnerable Children (O.V.C) for their nutrition, education, health and clothing);
- Provide psychological and social care for O.V.C ;
- Provide economic support for O.V.C and the social reintegration to their parents.
The positive impact of the O.V.C. project for the beneficiaries in particular, and the community in general, is very large and is felt at several levels of the district of Aklampa. This project has enabled some of the O.V.C. to become welders, hairdressers, shopkeepers, etc. supporting themselves and has helped others to continue their primary, secondary and university education.
The project produced skilled and available labor for Aklampa district and its surroundings and has also contributed to the reduction of juvenile delinquency, as well as the reduction of the illiteracy rate.
FINDINGS & DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED
Despite the positive results, the demand for help from O.V.C is growing every year due to demographic growth which is not necessarily aligned with economic growth. From 2017 to 2020, we registered more than four hundred (400) requests from orphaned and vulnerable children who are awaiting a positive response.
The economic difficulties, coupled with the economic effects of the COVID-19 have led us to reduce our expenses to the strict minimum on several levels.
To meet the various challenges, we would like to seek support from our donors in order to restore hope and smile to these orphaned and / or vulnerable children who are not responsible for their current situation. These O.V.C who are waiting for your help to change the course of their lives and become actors in the development of their locality as well as of all humanity.
Making a donation, no matter how small it is, to this project will help to continue providing the education, psychological, economic and social reintegration support which gives children, adolescents and young people and their families hope and a better future.
In advance, receive sincere thanks from the entire Aklampa community for your support.
Martial Asseya Gandebagni