Our Work

The Benin Education Fund (BEF) is a grassroots organization run primarily by volunteers. We provide scholarships and educational support to needy but promising students from rural Benin, where basic high school expenses exceed $150/year even though the average annual income is less than $700. 

Our Impact:
Since 1998, we have reached over 6000 studentsDuring the 2016-2017 school year alone, 90 high school students stayed in school thanks to BEF scholarships. About 2/3 are girls.  A typical scholarship includes tuition and fees, supplies, uniforms, and books.  We provide housing for students who must leave their villages to attend school. Students preparing national exams receive tutoring.

Last year we also supported 68 university students.  All had received high school scholarships and excelled, so BEF decided to continue its support.

Helping students succeed means more than just paying school fees. BEF provides housing for those who must leave their villages to attend school. We arrange preventative health care and treatment for illnesses. Local mentors advise our students on critical issues like nutrition and wellness, AIDS prevention, and reproductive health. Other programs include tutoring, sports, theater, English, technology, and training in entrepreneurship.

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