In Benin, primary education is free. But the need to buy a uniform and school supplies are often a major obstacle in the education of the most vulnerable children because their families, which are very poor, cannot bear the cost.
This situation particularly affects orphaned children; it was reported that there were around 230,000 orphans according to the last national census. 6.86% of children who were recorded as orphans were between the ages of a few months to 17 years of age. It also affects very disadvantaged children with physical or mental disabilities.
It is in front of this observation that the Orphanage Tree of Life of the Children (OAVE, Orphelinat Arbre de Vie et des Enfants) was born in 2016 in the region of Klouékanmé in Benin. The association supports the housing, schooling, and training of fifty orphans and vulnerable children.
Volunteers will support members of the orphanage in the following activities:
Training: No specific training is required, diversity and complementarity of profiles is a richness to learn from each other. Nevertheless, experience in the sector of education or animation (type BAFA) is appreciable.
Experience: Previous experience living in a developing community or in simpler conditions is a plus to adapt to the new environment.
Languages: A good level of French is necessary.
Required qualities :