Batonga Foundation

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Batonga was founded by Angélique Kidjo in 2006 with the purpose of transforming the most vulnerable adolescent girls in Africa into powerful women. Angélique’s message is unique – she celebrates Africa as a land of hope and talent and sees its youth, particularly its young women, as an investment for the future.

Determined that all girls and young women must choose their own destiny, Angélique works tirelessly with the Batonga team to develop best practices. The girls she meets see that she is a force for good; that she leads by example – dignified, ambitious, and fearless. A five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest and most unique artists in international music today, a creative force with thirteen albums to her name.Time Magazine has called her “Africa’s premier diva.” The BBC has included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. Forbes Magazine has ranked Angelique as the first woman in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa.

The Batonga Foundation's mission is to equip the hardest-to-reach young women and girls with knowledge and skills they need to be agents of change in their communities and in their own lives. Today, the Batonga Foundation reaches over 8,000 young women and girls in Angelique's home country of Benin, empowering them to access education, find meaningful and dignified work, and become changemakers in their communities. Batonga has just expanded its work to Senegal, where it is positioned to reach another 6,000+ young women and girls in the coming months.

Your tax-deductible gift today will help ensure that every African girl and young woman can unleash her full potential, live a safe and fulfilling life, and contribute to her community and country’s social, and economic development.

Together, we can accelerate the path to gender equality and gender justice for the hardest-to-reach girls and women in Africa.

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