Malaria

Africare/Benin Country Director Dr. Josette Vignon Makong [in black] alongside President of Benin Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi [right] and Benin’s Minister of Health Dr. Dorothy Kinde Gazard
Africare/Benin Country Director Dr. Josette Vignon Makong [in black] alongside President of Benin Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi [right] and Benin’s Minister of Health Dr. Dorothy Kinde Gazard

Survival of the Trusted: Africare/Benin Goes from Near Shut-Down to Benin’s Lead Malaria Partner

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In 2006, Africare/Benin was on the verge of closing. Africare had only one active project in the country, and the cost of maintaining an office was becoming untenable. What happened? The people of Benin asked us to stay.

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Tako and Henriette Koning on the rooftop of a high rise building in downtown Luanda, Angola. Photo: Jesse Ovadio
Tako and Henriette Koning on the rooftop of a high rise building in downtown Luanda, Angola. Photo: Jesse Ovadio

Tako and Henriette Koning

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“A person can give back financially or they can do it by donating their time. In actual fact, sometimes the biggest donation is time since everyone’s time is limited and you never get it back, once it is gone, it is gone. But if it is donated to worthwhile causes, then it is time well spent.”
-Tako Koning

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