News & Events

Mission Launches Benin’s AWEP Chapter (April 10, 2015)

On April 10, Ambassador Michael Raynor presided over the official launch of  Benin’s African Women Entrepreneurship Program(AWEP) chapter.  AWEP was initially created as part of the International Visitor’s Leadership Program in 2010 by then Secretary of State Clinton as part of President Obama’s Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, and it has since flourished to become a ...
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Ambassador Raynor Launches YALI Club in Bohicon

On March 17th Ambassador Raynor attended the launch of 2014 YALI Washington Mandela Fellow Nicase Degvano’s YALI Club in Bohicon. Nicaise was one of six young Beninese leaders who traveled to the United States last summer through President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Through this program, the fellows attended U.S. universities and received training ...
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Embassy Delegation Promotes Girls’ Education in Northern Benin

In celebration of women’s history month, Ambassador Raynor traveled to northern Benin to support several women’s empowerment programs including the donation of Nouveaux Horizons books and One World Futbol soccer balls to a rare all-girls public high school in Parakou, located seven hours north of Cotonou. Ambassador Raynor’s remarks highlighted the tangible economic and community ...
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Ambassador Raynor Inaugurates Special Self-Help Fund Projects

Ambassador Raynor traveled to northern Benin to inaugurate several projects funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. Through this grass-roots program, the U.S. Embassy is able to respond quickly to the needs and requests of local communities for development projects that will have an immediate impact. Inaugurations included rice shellers in Malanville and Djidja, food ...
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Mission’s Leadership Training for Youth (Feb. 27, 2015)

The U.S. Mission organized a week-long leadership training for over 2,200 young Beninese from all 77 of Benin’s communes. This training aimed to provided participants with hands-on leadership and entrepreneurship skills, and was conducted in partnership with the local national university and the van Duyse Entrepreneurial and Leadership Institute. The training was a great success, ...
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