Mobilizing Funds to support flood victims in Benin

Benin is exceptionally flooded. The country has not seen such an ecological and human disaster for decades. Half of the country is submerged in water, rendering over 500,000 people homeless. 55 out of 77 municipalities (counties) of the country are suffering from severe hardships.

Shock, trauma, hopelessness, grief, sadness and pain have become the condition of the flood victims. They need us: Benin citizens around the world, especially, in the US.

Love of one's country is demonstrated in times like this so let's give.

Mr. Stanislas Kpognon
Former Finance Minister of Benin is leading an effort to harness support to bring funds.

Olivier Kpognon and Franck Adjisegbe
Local contacts collaborating with Benin Diaspora, USA.
Please contact us, if you have any question.
 
Olivier Kpognon: (203)722-7123 okpognon@gmail.com
Franck Adjisegbe: (203)526-1076 franaji@hotmail.com



 
Fonds de mobilisation pour soutenir des victimes d'inondation au Bénin


Le Bénin est exceptionnellement inondé cette année. Le pays n'ajamais connu un tel désastre écologique. La moitié du pays est sousl'eau. Environ 500.000 personnes sont sans abri. 55 des 77 communes duBénin sont inondées.

Le choc, le traumatisme, la souffrance et le désespoir sont devenusle lot des victimes. Ces victimes ont besoin de notre assistance. NousBéninois des Etats-Unis, nous répondons à leurs cris de détresse.L'amour du pays se manifeste dans des périodes comme celles-ci.Donnons avec générosité, car après la décrue, il faudra reconstruire.

Mr. Stanislas Kpognon, Ancien Ministre des Finances, est l'un des promoteurs de cet effort de
mobilisation de fonds.

Olivier Kpognon et Franck Adjisegbe
sont les contacts locaux qui
collaborent avec Bénin Diaspora, USA.
Si vous avec des questions, vous pouvez les contacter au :

Olivier Kpognon: (203)722-7123 okpognon@gmail.com
Franck Adjisegbe: (203)526-1076 franaji@hotmail.com



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Aid workers also fear an outbreak of cholera, a bacterial infection
spread through contaminated water.

Flooding began in mid-September when heavy rains caused the Niger
River in Benin's north to overflow. Rainfall continues across the
country.

We are trying to help the victims in a concerted way and raise funds
to give to the local NGO on the ground helping with the relief efforts
particulary Catholic Relief Services CRS.org.

 1.  WHO ? - the beneficiaries are poor, vulnerable Beninese leaving
in geographically depressed areas or beside rivers (Mono, Oueme,
Niger) which have gone over their beds to invade people, destroying
their houses, belongings, livestocks, and crops etc. 600  Schools,
most primary, are flooded, preventing pupils from attending classes.
For example the situation of people living in Ganvié (village
lacustre), in Aguégué )is awfully
critical.

2.  HOW ?  - We are planing to seek Catholic Relief Services CRS.org
help, a catholic relief
type of NGO specialized in this kind of reach out services. This NGO
is reliable and efficient.

3. HOW MUCH ? - The larger the financial support, the better. UNDP is
promising something on the order of 7 to 8 million US dollars. Recently a local leading GSM (cellular company) donate a contribution of $ 60,000 going through
CARITAS  to  reach the flood victims. I suggest
 we target for $ 20,000 (ten millions FCFA) which will be appreciated.

4. LOGISTICS of FUNDS : Donors can submit donations through the
website
http://goodheartsforbenin.weebly.com/.
These funds will arrive to Mr. Stanislas KPOGNON, Former Finance
Minister, who is in Cotonou and will transfer them to the Catholic
Relief Services, (CRS) office in Cotonou to help the victim directly.

5. REPORTING - A follow up report will be written detailing
contributions: who and how much and resulting impact made.


Victims are in need of the following. Lists of items provided include
: food, drink water, medications/pharmacies, clothings, shelters,
mosquito nets, varied items for primary schooling.

                 Thank you for your GENEROUSITY.

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