“Espoir d’Enfant” (Children’s Hope) Orphanage Project in Benin

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Benin, a small country in West Africa, has seen high levels of economic growth (5%) for several years. With sustained population growth, however (about 11 million inhabitants in 2017), the cycle of poverty is keeping whole swathes of the population in a vulnerable situation and threatening their prosperity. Nationally, one in three children are still suffering from malnutrition.

In Ouidah, a city on the Atlantic coast 42 kilometers from the capital, the literacy rate among the adult female population is barely 50%.


Educating girls improves the chances that they will not marry too young, will avoid HIV and will have children in good health.

It also substantially reduces the risks of war and subjection to extremist influences.

The aim of the project is therefore to finance school fees for young orphaned girls living in the Ouidah region.

The grants cover school fees, uniform and necessary school equipment, and amount to about 120 Canadian dollars per year for each girl.


Espoir d’Enfants

Myriad Canada  works with “Espoir d’Enfant” on implementation of this project. In 2003 Serge, who was working as a Beninese teacher at the time, began to gather a few street children at his home. A few years later he managed to create a small orphanage which he called “Espoir d’Enfant” (Children’s Hope).  An enthusiastic, dynamic and generous man, he involves his whole family in the management and running of the orphanage, which is located in the south of the country in Ouidah and is now home to about sixty children aged 2 to 16 years.

In 2008, Suzanne Douville and Richard Strzelec had a memorable stay there which gave them an increased awareness of the scale and importance of the needs of young children, including the need for education.

The Foundation Myriad Canada is pleased to be working alongside them and to benefit from their commitment and expertise, which will allow donations to have the greatest possible impact and to minimise costs.

Myriad Canada’s role is to carry out charitable activities across the globe in accordance with its charitable purposes. We control and monitor the use of funds and the progress of charitable activities to ensure that donations made to Myriad Canada have the greatest impact in accordance with donors’ expressed wishes. As a member of the Myriad Alliance with offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Myriad Canada has a vast international network and extensive practical expertise.

How to support this project?

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. Quick and easy!

By cheque: Mail the cheque to the Myriad Canada Foundation, mention ‘Project C303 – Orphanage Benin’ in the ‘For’ section and send it to: KBF Foundation CANADA, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, MONTREAL, QC, H3B 2B6 – CANADA.

By Direct Deposit: For transfer instructions, please email or call: info@myriadcanada.org or 514-481-2000

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

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