Ya Tchegbo has taken in 32 adult women—some alone, some with their children—in order to help them get back on their feet and reintegrate themselves into Beninese society.
Residents receive three types of assistance:
Residents also receive guidance from the Centre Intégré de Prise en Charge des Violences Basées sur le Genre (CIPEC/VG) in Cotonou, the Centre de Promotion Sociale (CPS) in Calavi, and social welfare organizations.
The program, which lasts for six months (with a one-time option for renewal), will set them on the path toward self-sufficiency.
According to the United Nations (2017), violence against women is one of the most systematic and widespread human-rights violations. This violence leads to women being excluded from the workforce. In Benin, this problem is aggravated by illiteracy, economic dependence, and a lack of awareness of their rights.
Although Benin has been combating violence against women since 2012, its shelters and professional integration programs have not been sufficient. The organization Ya Tchegbo was founded to provide general guidance toward self-sufficiency, including psychological support and professional training.
The Air Liquide Foundation is helping to build livestock facilities and accommodation for the women, while also assisting in the acquisition of training equipment.