Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project in Benin


The Dagbemabu Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project was developed in 2008. Over the course of five months, a CIDA intern worked closely with village members and administrative and traditional leaders to develop the project. A census of all OVC in the village was carried out and 367 children were identified as orphans or vulnerable according to the following criteria:

  • Children who have lost one or both parents
  • Children who work in a domestic situation
  • Children who live on the street
  • Children who are victims of trafficking
  • Children who have disabilities or live in abject poverty.

Through the current programme, the 50 children enrolled are provided with many of their basic needs including food, school supplies, school fees, school uniforms and tutorship.



Location: Aklampa, Department of Colin, Benin

Partner: ASCCB

Beneficiaries: 50 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Objective: To provide basic needs, such as food, school supplies, school fees, school uniforms and tutorship to orphan and vulnerable children.

Achieved Results and Activities

In 2008, during the first phase of the project, 20 OVC were sponsored. In 2009, that number rose to 50. The OVC center provides these children food, soap and clothes, school fees and organizes tutorship and recreational activities.

This project is managed jointly by CACHA and a committee of village members and community leaders. Major decisions are made in collaboration and consultation with the management committee members, which to date has made this project a success. 

Other projects are executed in parallel in Aklampa. They are, among others:

  • School garden and school feeding program: digging wells, providing basic gardening tools and seeds; 
  • Microcredit Project for widow mothers: providing loans, counseling and monitoring;
  • Support to the community Resource Centre: providing books and supplies for the center.