The greatest danger to children in Benin is not lack of food, its the flourishing child trafficking trade in which tens of thousands of children, mostly girls, are taken and sold to neighbouring countries for domestic servitude, working in the fields, selling goods on the street or working in quarries. This trade is facilitated by the fact that 40% of all children in
Benin have no birth certificate so they are simply not asked for
documents when crossing borders.
Volunteer work in Benin often focuses on health, education and orphans. Health, because there is often one doctor for every one hundred thousand patients and over 10% of all children die before their fifth birthday through health related issues;
orphanages because 42,000 children have been orphaned through HIV/AIDS.
If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in Benin let us know
by contacting us here. We look forward
to hearing from you!