Fondacio in Benin

Fondacio in Benin since 1981

Volunteers committed to projects for a dynamic citizenship and pastoral care.

In Benin, our mission is to provoke encounters that open up perspectives and create solidarity. With our different projects (Jeunes Disciples and Imago), we help people to discover themselves and pacify their relationship, we work on development through adult literacy and school support for the children and youth of the city.

Carried by a community of lay people on mission in 4 localities, the Fondacio movement started in 1981 in Benin in Natitingou (North Benin). It is now present in Cotonou, Parakou, Natitingou and Sô-Zounko.

Several people regularly participate in the proposed activities and many of them, mainly young people, are sent to lead projects in partnership with other groups, movements and associations for different audiences. 

Young people, couples and families, and people in precarious situations find themselves in the same melting pot to seek together their life project, pacify and strengthen their relationship.  

Every year, more than 600 young people and adults benefit from Fondacio's proposals: 

- Formation sessions, teaching and education programs through leisure and sport in schools and parishes " Programme Jeunes disciples ".

- Meetings that encourage listening, sharing, monitoring of individuals and couples and the sustainability of the conjugal relationship over time, thanks to a professional offer that trains practitioners of conjugal and individual assistance equipped with tools that have proven their worth "IMAGO". 

Such experiences open up new perspectives for life, energize relationships, give meaning to personal and civic engagement and solidarity actions for more justice and humanity in society. 

Fondacio is a well from which every man can come and drink the water from the spring that gives life back.

Together, "the committed" take care of this well and participate fully in the implementation of a spirituality for the development of the Friendship Relationship that sustains life.

average income
68 $/month
Annual growth
33% pop.
Human  Index
0.515 (163th)
life expectancy
60 years
Situation of poverty
47% pop.

Our actions in Benin

- Ecole DidapoumboLaunched in 2002 to address a very low enrollment and education rate in an area with a very dispersed habitat, 250 young people are welcomed from CP1 to CM2. A library project is carried out with the support of young volunteers.

- Sô ZounkoA literacy and school supervision center in the lake city of Sô-Zounko in Benin, on the shores of Lake Nokoué.

Team of managers

Country Manager- Eusèbe ZINSOUGA, Deputy Head- David TEDE, Members of the Country Council: Hélène MEKAN, Bruno OGNAN, Charles SAMBIENI, Jean-Pierre KIKI-OUZE, Jean TCHEDA

To contact Fondacio Benin:

Tel: (00229) 97 44 61 94

Fondacio in Benin

Institute of Formation Fondacio

IFF Africa wants to be a "revealer of talents" for the service of a more humane world. 

Jerome Toze

Jerome Toze

Beninese Volunteer

When I met Fondacio about twenty years ago, I had no idea that I had just had one of the most beautiful encounters that would reorganize my whole life.

I am delighted to see every day a unity between my professional life, my family life and my pastoral responsibilities. 

Through group learning, I was able to find the means for true self-expression without fear. Rather than being reactive, my relationships have become active, intentional and creative. 

Today I am involved in the Fondacio Council alongside young people in several missions in West Africa.

These missions are intended to detect potential leaders who are rooted in a conscious relational commitment, both family, pastoral, and citizen, in order to nourish the living together in a bond of love, for a standing Africa!

Clément Yargo

Clément Yargo

Promoter of UNIV Centre and ecological medicinal farm La Nouvelle Espérance

I met Fondacio very early in the 6th grade and this community has had a very positive impact on my life.

Gisèle and I met in this crucible. We are married and involved in Fondacio's mission "couple and family". The training received continues to help us today in our life as a couple but also in the accompaniment of other couples. That's where my charism was born. I think Fondacio has worked on the development of both my charism and my vocation. From the shy little boy, I became a lecturer in Benin and Africa on conflict management for peace in society.

My commitment today is to work for sustainable solutions to the ills of society, including the fight against malaria in Africa with the plant Artemisia. I received my first training on this plant during a meeting in Fondacio and I grow it in my agro-ecological medicinal farm LA NOUVELLE ESPERANCE. I remain committed to the challenges of the world in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Economical context

Benin enjoyed sustained growth in 2018 (+ 6.5%), which should continue in 2019 at the same pace, according to the IMF. The authorities are more optimistic and anticipate a GDP growth of 7.6% supported by new records of cotton production (between + 10 and + 15% for the 2018-2019 campaign), by construction (+ 25%), by the activity of the port (+ 10%) taking advantage of favorable conditions in Nigeria, the increase in electricity production with the start of production of the Maria Gléta 2 power station (120 MW).

Inflation is expected to remain moderate in 2019 with a target of 2% annual average, below 3% and in line with the WAEMU convergence criteria, but up from 2018 (1%).

Benin's 2019 budget - CFAF 1,877.5 billion, including CFAF 1264.3 billion in general budget expenditure - is marked by a sharp contraction of the overall deficit (including grants) from 270.7 billion to 161 million, FCFA 2 billion thanks to an increase in tax revenues. On the other hand, the burden of debt service on the government's cash position will increase significantly in 2019 (+ 9% mainly due to domestic debt).

On 7 April 2017, Benin signed a program with the IMF supported by an extended credit facility with funding of approximately USD 151 million. The objective of the program is to maintain macroeconomic balances by emphasizing the mobilization of domestic resources, keeping the public deficit below 3% of GDP, the compatibility of public debt with debt sustainability. Benin's performance in program delivery was appreciated during the first four reviews of the program.

The Government Action Program - PAG - provides 9 039 billion FCFA of investments over the period 2017-2021 of which 61% would be financed by the private sector, including through PPPs (public-private partnerships). This is the reference document for the dialogue with the technical and financial partners. Legal and administrative reforms are undertaken to improve the business climate (Benin ranks 153rd in the Doing business 2019 ranking). [2019-09-26]


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