CARE International has been active in the Republic of Benin since 1999. CARE is known for its interventions in the fields of education, health and the environment, including issues related to natural resources and climate change management; sustainable livelihoods, such as microfinance and agriculture; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH); promotion and protection of the rights of women and children; as well as emergencies.

To reach its goals, as well as the most vulnerable communities, the programs implemented in Benin encourage partnership with local communities, local NGOs, and the government. The aim of CARE Benin is to influence policy and sustainably improve the conditions and social status of the most marginalized populations through strengthening community resilience mainly: building resilience and improving shelter conditions, such as protection, comfort, and dignity.

CARE Benin implements specific actions to strengthen the resilience of project participants through projects. At the community level, awareness-raising and education on disaster risk reduction has been conducted to enable communities to acquire skills to better prepare for and respond to climatic hazards. At the country level, Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) are entry points to interventions and serve as a resilient approach to sustain most actions.

For restoring livelihoods and improving shelter, CARE Benin has chosen to focus its emergency response in WASH, Food and Nutrition Security and Shelter areas faced with more frequent and severe floods. CARE Benin has a long program history and experience in WASH, and access to shelter is critical and has become an absolute prerequisite for the sustainability of any action.