The Ouémé Valley: an important ecological area





Like all cities in Benin, Dangbo is divided into urban and rural districts, and is located in the middle of a magnificent valley. The Ouémé River flows through the valley and the village was built on one of the banks.

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What is the NGO Regard d’Amour?





We were very moved by our visit to the NGO Regard d’Amour. Their facilities are very nice and their distinctive feature is their policy of inclusion, working with all orphans, abandoned and struggling children.

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What is life like in the Beninese countryside?





I’m very happy to have been able to experience the Beninese countryside by staying in the childhood home of Mélaine’s mom. The house is supplied with water from a water source about a 30-minute walk away.

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Visit to Djougou





We were in the north of Benin visiting the city of Djougou, which has a population of about 250,000. We met with people from the City Hall, schools and the king of Benin.

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What is a centre for sustainable agriculture?





Benin can be proud to have several Songhai Centres in different areas of the country. The facilities provide training, production and research into sustainable agricultural practices. Everything is recycled on site, so they don’t create any waste.

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Visit to Pobé





In Pobé, we met with local elected officials, department heads and neighbourhood leaders to discuss about their water issues. We also visited two primary schools.

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The Venice of Benin





Today we visited Ganvie, a village located in the middle of lake Nokoué. It was created 300 years ago and today has about 35,000 inhabitants. It is only accessible by crossing the swamp in a fishing boat.

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Voodoo Festival





The 10th of January is a national holiday in Benin to celebrate the traditional religion of voodoo. Voodoo communities gathered in the south, on the beach at Ouidah.

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Arrival in Benin





After travelling across the desert in a plane, I landed on the African continent for the first time in my life. Leaving the airport, there were an enormous number of people but what a joy to see them dressed in all these beautiful colours.

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Leaving for Benin





It’s finally here! Today I’m flying to Benin, where I’ll be staying for 19 days. I’m meeting Mélaine at the Cotonou airport this evening at 8:10PM. Let the adventure begin!

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