Benin
Caritas Benin

Established by the Beninese Episcopate in 1958 and called Secours Catholique Dahoméen, Caritas Benin’s mission is to plan and coordinate the social ministry of the Catholic Church in Benin. From the outset, Caritas Benin started several actions to raise awareness and work to achieve social justice, mutual aid, self-help and sustainable development.

After celebrating its golden jubilee in 2008, in order to better serve vulnerable members of society and become more competitive in its areas of intervention, Caritas Benin started developing and building its strategic capacities.

Accompaniment of women in the empowerment process; combating violence against women; protection of children and vulnerable orphans; combating modern types of slavery, bad treatment and all forms of social exclusion; access to basic social services for poor people; and the promotion of agriculture are among the areas in which Caritas carries out its mission, with a view to achieving integral human development. Community care in the treatment of malaria among infants under five years old, and the support and care of people living with HIV/AIDS are also priority areas of intervention.

Thanks to its network of ten dioceses, more than 500 parishes and at least 2,500 volunteers, Caritas Benin deploys multi-disciplinary operational teams in Benin’s 77 municipalities. Its operators are immersed in the populations of the country’s most remote regions, and are informed in real time about the challenges they have to take up. They can also put forward solutions that are in line with the realities on the ground.

Caritas Benin works in partnership with the following organisations: Secours Catholique (Caritas France), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Germany, UNHCR, Plan Benin, the Global Fund, UNICEF, Terre des Hommes and Misereor.

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