Water, Sanitation & Environment in Benin

Having increased access to water is crucial not only to decreasing disease, but also to empowering women.

The Hunger Project firmly believes that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Women too often bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. By reducing the distance women must go to fetch water they are thus allowed more time for their own financial or personal pursuits, improving the quality of life for entire families and communities.

Fourteen of Benin’s 18 epicenters have a clean water point at the epicenter proper, close to the Hunger Project’s goal of making clean water available at each epicenter. A total of 173 villages, 93% of the epicenter villages, have functioning boreholes, and on average there are 29 functional wells per epicenter. Most of the epicenters have a latrine at the epicenter and, in addition, some of the epicenter villages have public latrines.

Almost all of the epicenters contribute to reforestation efforts by planting trees. Planting trees not only helps the environment and the long-term climate resilience of the epicenter areas, but also provides wood nearby, so that women do not need to travel as far to gather wood for cooking.