We are thrilled to announce that construction has begun on our 19th school, CEG Soyo, in our 8th country, Benin!

When Victor, our project coordinator, traveled to Benin to survey schools and communities requesting a classroom block, he was struck by the poverty level and sheer need for safe structures where students could gather and learn.  CEG Soyo stood out as the school with the highest need.  This community has been so desperate for education that they put together a makeshift shelter for their children’s school, but the structure is unsafe.

This junior high school is in a growing area of rural Allada, Benin.  There are currently 400 students attending, but after our construction is complete, there will be 700 students able to attend.  356 students are waitlisted for attendance at this school!

This community also desperately needs bathroom facilities.  They are currently digging pit latrines for the students.  Through our coalition with LDS Charities, bathroom facilities will be provided for these students at the end of our project as well.

Current pit latrine construction by the community.
Students hauling sand for the construction of the pit latrines.

We will post updates on this exciting project as it unfolds over the next three months.  Many thanks to our donors for helping us change the world, one classroom and community at a time.

Group photo with Victor, BASIA representative xxx, and teachers and students of CEG Soyo.