Epicenter Infrastructure in Benin
The epicenter is a dynamic center of community mobilization and action, as well as an actual facility built by community members. It achieves synergy among programs in health (including HIV/AIDS prevention), education, adult literacy, nutrition, improved farming and food security, microfinance, water and sanitation, and building community spirit with a momentum of accomplishment involving the entire population in a strategy called the Epicenter Strategy. Much of this relies on the physical infrastructure of the epicenter as a community and resource center.
In Benin, 13 of the 18 epicenters have L-shaped buildings with offices, which are an extremely important step on the path to self-reliance.
The average epicenter in Benin is about 3.5 hectares big and has a garden of about one hectare, in which sustainable farming and irrigation technique demonstrations are held and food is grown for the food bank.
Fifteen of the epicenters have access to cellphone and radio service, and furthermore, fifteen of the epicenters have electricity. These technological elements help to connect the epicenter with the The Hunger Project main office in Benin and with one another.
To supplement income, 12 of the epicenters rent out space to community members for events. Additional opportunities at the epicenters include public transportation in the form of community motorcycles and 14 of the epicenters in Benin run sports leagues.