Working Together for Gender Equality

“The gender training has had a huge impact on our households,” one woman from the village of Fignonhou, Benin, told us after we had conducted a gender sensitivity training in her community. “There was a lot of quarrelling between husbands and wives before. Now, few people quarrel. Violence against women has decreased.” When another woman first went […]

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The Impact of a Donation

Q&A With Salome, WFLI Benin Vision Trip Participant Salome from Germany recently participated in Global Aid Network (GAiN) Canada’s 2018 Benin Vision trip. Q: How did you first hear about GAiN?A: I heard about GAiN some years ago when my brother and his wife were involved in helping with one of GAiN Germany’s projects. They […]

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Water Gives Lift to Chilaile’s Local Economy

Brick making is a significant source of income for the people in Southern Tanzania as the soil is strong. The process of making bricks involves creating a pit of mud, packing the wet soil into forms to make rectangular shapes and then baking them over a fire. However, the challenging thing about this task is […]

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World Water Day: Time for Babies

To see the health a village, just look at the health of its children.  In African society, the lack of clean water places a large burden on women because they are often tasked with the responsibility of collecting water for the family.  So we were delighted when we visited the village of Kariakoo, Tanzania and […]

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Celebrating 1000 Wells in Benin

GAiN’s Water for Life Initiative has reached a new milestone – providing 1000 communities with access to safe water in Benin! This translates to approximately 1 million people who have now benefited from GAiN’s water program. The 1000th village to receive a well is Koudjinnada, approximately 90 minutes north of the largest city, Cotonou. Prior to the provision of […]

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Powerful Pascalline

Unsafe water can cripple. It will make people sick. According to WHO, 340,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases due to unsafe water and poor hygiene and sanitation. The effects of waterborne diseases are evident. People are weaker and more susceptible to infections. Women like Pascalline, from the village of Ayedero Igbo Dogbo, Benin, […]

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Celebrating True Wellness

The village of Kouorou, Benin suffered from a lack of water, depending on their only water source – the swamp. The contaminated water from the swamp caused frequent sickness, meaning villagers would spend a lot of time and money in hospitals. “We would share the same water as the animals,” Marie, a village resident of 10 […]

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Transformation in Windjinnawa

Before receiving a deep-capped well, the villagers of Windjinnawa, Benin knew that the only water available to them was unsafe and could cause them to contract deadly diseases. Still, they drank the dirty water because they had no other option. “We used to get our water from the swamp,” Village Chief Jacques told the Water for […]

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Billions around the world lack safe water, proper sanitation facilities, reveals UN report

12 July 2017 – Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs. According to the World Health […]

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Showing Love Through Sport

“Sport draws people together and creates community. It’s really neat how just one single soccer ball and an open field can bring people together. You can have a relationship with someone even though you don’t speak the same language.” – Stephanie McDonald, Benin LIFE Team trip co-leader When sports are used in conjunction with humanitarian work, […]

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