Build a school in Benin

Help motivated students build a school for underprivileged children in Benin to give them access to quality education and a better future

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Build a school in Benin

<p><strong>Friends, family, visitors, welcome to my project page!</strong></p><p>My name is Donatien and I am 17 year old. As some of you may know, I will spend the month of July in Benin (West Africa) to&nbsp;build a primary school in the village of&nbsp;Korhou and&nbsp;give access to <strong>quality education</strong> to the local children, including young girls who are often prevented from going to school. We will also plant artemisia to provide <strong>natural remedies against malaria</strong>.</p><p>I am participating in this project through the Belgian association Le Verso du Miroir, that was set up by a teacher at my school and has taken groups of young people to Benin since 2008 to build schools and complete other projects.</p><p>I will live with a local family, work on the school with the local masons and explore this beautiful country at the weekends to further learn about&nbsp;its people and&nbsp;culture.</p><p>I have always wanted to make a positive difference through volunteering work involving concrete realisations.&nbsp;In the past,&nbsp;I participated in several projects focused on building eco-friendly constructions for children camps in natural environments.</p><p>I have heard about this meaningful project and its successful&nbsp;realisations since I joined my school three years ago. I have always wanted to take part and&nbsp;I am impatient to now have the opportunity to participate with a great team of people who all want<strong> to make a positive difference</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p>Here is what a finished school looks like, as well as a video from last year, that will give you a feel for&nbsp;how we work with the local community:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src=";key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a" /></p><p><iframe src=";;;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="500" height="281" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>I am passionate about this project because it gives me an opportunity to <strong>make a true difference</strong>. It is not just about building the&nbsp;school. It is about giving the local children the opportunity <strong>to build their future&nbsp;and to contribute their full potential to their family and community</strong>.</p><p>Here are some pictures of our preparation week-ends:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>The&nbsp;purpose of the first weekend&nbsp;was to get together as a team and to learn&nbsp;more about Africa,&nbsp;the local community that we are going to work with and what to expect when we get there. We also experienced practical tools to prepare ourselves as a team, such as how to manage potential stress situations.</p><p>We also spent a weekend focused on manual labour on a farm to learn to work&nbsp;together.</p><p>We also organised a series of fundraisers:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>Such a huge project costs A LOT of money.&nbsp;While we have already come very far in our funding&nbsp;through the events listed above, there is still some way to go. <strong>Any donation </strong>towards this great cause will help <strong>make a difference</strong> to the children in Benin&nbsp;and will be very much appreciated. Actually, it is not only about the financial contribution, but also about your support, which makes you be part of our team and which&nbsp;means the world to them and to me.</p>

Allocation of funds

<p>The&nbsp;purpose is to collect funds for the construction and launch of the next school that we will build this summer. The cost of building the school is 8000&euro;. The money I will collect from this fundraiser, including any amount beyond my 1000&euro;<strong>&nbsp;</strong>target, will help finance this construction budget and the equipment of the school.</p><p><strong>Through donating, you will help us...</strong></p><p>- Promote education in Benin, and give children in secluded villages the opportunity to learn in good conditions.</p><p>- Support local craftsmanship, and help women&#39;s initiatives to work and contribute to their region&#39;s development.</p><p>- Support local partners of Le Verso du Miroir (street teenagers training as masons and construction work) who help us on the building site.</p><p>It&#39;s really a great project that offers the participants a life-changing experience and the locals in Benin help that they need, particularly in the crucial educational sector.&nbsp;</p>


A Thank you email and lots and lots of gratitude!


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As a valued member of the team who will have made this project possible, I will send you a thank you email with pictures from the trip.

Estimated delivery: August 2018

A Thank you card with pictures from the trip!


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As a valued member of the team who will have made this project possible, I will send you a thank you card with pictures from the trip.

Estimated delivery: August 2018

A personalised and very personal thank you card with pictures!


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As a special donor and as a valued member of the team who will have made this project possible, you will receive a personalised card to thank you for your contribution to the creation of this local school. Leave it to my creativity...

Estimated delivery: August 2018

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