To lift its social responsibility towards our beloved continent Africa to a higher level, Brussels Airlines proudly launches “Together We Care”. Together with PLAN Belgium we aim to raise €50.000 over three years (2015-2018), money that will be used to improve the living conditions of young mothers and their children in Benin. What makes the project unique, is that it is carried by the Brussels Airlines employees themselves, who donate every month some euros from their salaries. But we can use all possible support! Donations are welcome on the account of Plan Belgium (IBAN BE 86 2900 2855 0050 BIC GEBABEBB, mentioning "Together We Care").
What is the problem in Benin?
Early pregnancies are very common in Benin, with more than 23% of girls giving birth to their first child before the age of 18. Early motherhood entails many risks for the physical health of these young girls since their body is not ready for such an event and they usually don’t have access to the necessary medical care. Moreover, without the right support, it confines their future prospects tremendously (and for their children as well). It forces them out of school and into a life of poor prospects with increased risk of violence, abuse and ill health.
These young mothers lack the knowledge on basic health care, hygiene and nutrition for their children. About 37%, i.e. one third of children under the age of 5 in Benin is affected by chronic malnutrition.
Many factors contribute to the phenomenon of early pregnancies: early marriage, financial dependence and inadequate use of modern family planning methods. But also culturally defined gender roles and stereotypes play a role.
Reach of the project "Together We care"
The project will be implemented from June 2015 until May 2018 in 106 villages in the communes Lalo (Couffu Department) and Zogbodomey (Zou Department) in the south of Benin.
We will give direct support to almost 4.000 young women (between 15 and 24 years old) and 7.700 children under the age of 5.
The awareness campaign will reach close to 24.000 girls and boys (between 10 and 24 years old) and 9.000 adults.
Objectives of Together We Care
The money collected from the Brussels Airlines employees will concretely be used to achieve following objectives (over a period of 3 years):
Founded over 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives.