On January 22, 2017, I was greeted by a wildly appreciative and
happy group of children in Benin, W.Africa on my trip to purchase
to the property and launch the Homeless Children's Center of Ouidah.
I truly did not know if this dream would become a reality, but
thanks to friends like you.
My 10-day visit cemented my confidence in the long-term value
and success of this project. Martine de Souza (founder and Executive
Director) is fully committed to the Center and to its financial
The new property is now owned by the Benin non-profit
- APEF - founded over 12 years ago by Martine and two others.
Members of APEF and its Board met with me during my visit. They
are a wonderful group who expressed tremendous gratitude for our
efforts and contributions. They elected me the Board as well.
After completing the property purchase, I used the extra $1000
that was collected to purchase bunk beds and mattresses for the
kids (they previously slept on the floor on cardboard). The beds
are hand made from local hardwood and will last forever.
Going forward, we would like to:
- Install a well - $1,600
The well is needed because city water is very expensive and we
have a lot of kids to serve. We will also need water for a large
- Complete the bathrooms - $1,650
The bathroom is plumbed but there are no fixtures and the walls
are unfinished (cinder blocks only).
- Plaster four rooms - $400
- Purchase school uniforms and school supplies - $250/year
Most of the kids started school for the first time 18 months ago
and are doing extremely well.
- Launch a major self-sufficiency project - $1,000
We have several projects under consideration.
Donations are allowing us to start these projects now. We are
striving for self-sufficiency.
Craig Sherod email@example.com
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