The Batonga Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by Grammy Award-winning West African singer, songwriter, and UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador, Angelique Kidjo, advances education and economic opportunities for young women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.
Since 2007, Batonga has supported girls in 5 countries in Africa with support that goes beyond school fees and uniforms. We take a holistic approach to education and we take into account the unique barriers that girls face so that we can meet them where they are and give them the tools they need to succeed. Whether it's the lack of bathroom facilities at schools, the need for mentors or the travel distance to school, Batonga is there to help girls overcome the obstacles they face. In addition to providing over 5,000 academic years of education, we have worked with our partners to bring over 200,000 pairs of shoes to Benin and provide bathroom facilities and libraries for thousands of students. We also give in-kind support such as bags of rice to parents to help offset the opportunity costs of sending their girls to school.