While Benin boasts a stable democracy and strong cotton trade, it's beset with challenges. We've been championing the rights of Benin's most vulnerable children since 1994.
One third of Benin's population - about three million people - live in chronic poverty.
This is having a devastating impact on the health, education and wellbeing of entire communities. Children are particularly vulnerable.
Nearly one quarter of people don't have access to safe drinking water.
45% of children suffer from stunted growth caused by malnutrition.
Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 32,000 children each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
How we're helping
More than 32,000 children under five die every year in Benin, many from treatable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections, all made worse by malnutrition. We are tackling this by training women leaders, so parents have someone they trust close by when a child is ill.
While more than nine out of ten children go to primary school, they don't always get a good quality education. We're training teachers, building more classrooms and getting children involved in deciding how their school is run.
We also provide scholarships to give the poorest children a chance to go to school, and give them the books, stationery and equipment they need to keep up with their classmates.