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Established by the Beninese Episcopate in 1958 and called Secours Catholique Dahoméen, Caritas Benin’s mission is to “bear witness to the love of God by working for the integral development of every man in the national, regional, interregional and international levels “. From the outset, Caritas Benin started several actions to raise awareness and work to achieve social justice, mutual aid, self-help and sustainable development.

Caritas Benin intervenes in the implementation of this mission in several areas: basic social services (health, education, supply of drinking water); Emergencies (assistance to the needy, assistance to persons in a situation of great precariousness); Major emergencies (disasters such as floods, fires, high winds, transhumance); Development (child protection, women’s advancement, literacy, empowerment of women, agropastoral, environmental protection, addressing the structural causes of poverty); The advocacy that brings together peace-building activities, the prevention of conflicts before and after the elections, and finally the citizen control of public action.

In order to better serve vulnerable groups and become more competitive, Caritas Benin is committed to developing and strengthening its strategic capabilities. Thus Caritas Benin was one of the first Caritas in Africa to embark on the process of Personal Accompaniment / Organizational Development (A2P / DIRO). A year later, a framework agreement was signed with the Government of Benin.

In 2014, Caritas Benin is recognized as a public organization in the country.

Thanks to its network of 10 dioceses, more than 500 parishes and at least 3,000 volunteers, Caritas Benin has multidisciplinary and operational teams in the 77 municipalities of Benin. Its staff and volunteers are immersed in the populations of the most remote regions of the country and are informed in real time of the challenges they face. They can thus implement solutions that are in line with realities on the ground.

Caritas Benin works with grassroots communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and decentralized government structures. It also has as partners International Organizations and Institutions such as Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Germany, UNHCR, Plan-Benin, the Global Fund, UNICEF, Terre des Hommes, Miserreor, USAID and plenty more.

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