In just a few weeks, dozens of individuals came together and raised over $6000 to help victims of the floods in Benin. Thank you to each and every donor for your generosity, support, and rapid response. Every dollar raised will go directly to flood relief. The BEF founder is currently in Benin to distribute the funds and we will provide an update upon his return.
About the Floods
Over the past 2 months, the most extreme floods since 1963 have plunged Benin into a crisis. As of early November, over 680,000 people have been affected by flooding in two-thirds of the country. Over 800 cases of cholera have been reported. Approximately 55,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Read more here. These events have received very little coverage in the U.S. media.
Blessedly, most BEF students live outside the worst-affected areas - but they, and we, are anxious to help their fellow citizens in need. Our students have been surveying damage and identifying the greatest material needs, and BEF established a fund for Flood Relief.
BEF Founder Alphonse Kouagou is traveling to Benin this month. Funds raised will purchase supplies for those who need them most. All supplies, except for water purifying tablets, will be purchased in Benin.