We envision the youth in Benin to be empowered and inspired to both succeed in life and engage in finding solutions to social problems in their communities.
We coach, mentor, and sponsor students in Benin, especially in underserved communities, to become self-reliant leaders and entrepreneurs who are committed to transforming their own lives and building their communities of origin or residence.
We offer a paradigm shift, moving away from the limited power of the handout of material goods and money towards the sustainable impact of change envisioned and realized by the individual and the community itself.
Serving as a ladder of success to the younger generation is an indispensable contribution to our communities’ prosperity.
Together, let’s empower students to become a reliable GPS in their communities.
We understand the importance of motivation in success. That’s why we provide recognition awards to high performing students and their teachers each year.
We are committed to supplementing our students’ formal education by offering them after-school training in soft skills, entrepreneurship, & community development.
We have confidence that mentoring the younger generation will help break the you’re-on-your-own cycle that has long weakened our communities.
We trust our students’ ability to innovate. That’s why we prepare them through early opportunities for internship and job shadowing.
We share a concern that socioeconomic hardships might get in the way of our students’ success. That’s why we connect them to scholarship opportunities in return for their engagement in helping solve community problems.
“Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach someone to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.”
— Chinese Proverb
“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather than dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.”
— Barbara Bush
Most organizations involved in helping alleviate poverty in Benin offer material aid. Sadly, their well-intended projects are often short-term oriented and designed by outsiders who have little knowledge of the recipient communities.
Meanwhile, the education system in Benin is civil-service oriented and puts little emphasis on the skills needed by individuals to reach their potential. Students are rarely offered courses on emotional intelligence, character development, entrepreneurial leadership, and community engagement, all of which are critical to individual success and community growth.
Together, these two trends create a mindset among the population that the government or external organizations will miraculously fix the chronic issues that are weakening their own community.
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