Update posted by Clinton Aribogha On Jul 24, 2016

Kandi is a town, arrondissement and commune in the Alibori Department of eastern Benin. Originally a market town, Kandi is now primarily a farming centre. It lies on the nation's main north-south highway, 650 km from Cotonou and 325 miles (523 km) north of Porto-Novo. The town is the capital of the department of Alibori. The commune covers an area of 3421 square kilometres and as of 2013 had a population of 177,683 people. The town itself had a population of 27,227 in 2002.Kandi was founded by the Dendi Kingdom, an offshoot of the Songhai Empire. The surrounded villages are Mokole Yoruba, who fled the wars of the foundation of the Oyo Kingdom. The surrounding countryside is Bariba.Kandi is subdivided into 10 arrondissements; Kandi I, Kandi II, Kandi III, Angaradébou, Bensékou, Donwari, Kassakou, Saah, Sam and Sonsoro. They contain 39 villages and 9 urban districts. Most of the population are engaged in agricultural activities followed by trade, transportation and handicrafts.The main crops grown are maize, cotton, kapok, millet and peanuts. There are notable iron deposits of high quality in the vicinity.

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* Almost 40 percent of Benin’s population lives below the poverty line.

* Benin’s economy is vulnerable not only because it is based primarily on agriculture but also because re-export trade with Nigeria makes up roughly 20 percent of its GDP.

* There are an average of 58.54 deaths per 1,000 live births in Benin, giving it the 27th highest infant mortality rate in the world.

* 44.1 percent of Benin’s population is fourteen years old or younger.

* The life expectancy in Benin is 56.5 years, shorter than the life expectancy of 165 other countries.

* Benin ranks 166th on the UN’s Human Development Index out of the 187 countries and territories evaluated.

* Benin’s hospitals provided .5 beds per 1,000 people in 2010.

* Extreme poverty has caused human trafficking to increase in recent years. Children can be sold to rich families in neighboring countries for as little as $15.

This but a fraction of what its all about in Kandi . The struggle is intense, especially for children. It's sad. There's only about 34.7% of children over 15 years that can read an write in this country, but how does this stat apply to Kandi I? Only about 11.6% of 34.7%. That means only 4.2% of children 15 and over that can read and write in Benin are in Kandi. Only 4%. Some children this are don't even have access to clean water. or good food. Hospitals around the town are of very poor standard. We may not be able to solve these problems by the end of today, but these problems will never go away if nothing is done. Rest assured, reverse will most certainly be the case if we act. No matter how slow the snail crawls, it will still get to where it's going. No matter how small we start, we will solve these problems. We can no longer wait for these conditions to better themselves. They won't because they did not start up by themselves. We humans developed into these conditions ourselves and together, we have the power to end the struggle, to make the world a better place.. We at ClintoMart Foundations are standing up to this problem.

Clintomart foundations is a non-profit organisation, and a subsidiary of ClintoMart online shopping mall, Nigeria { }. We together, are out to tackle these remote problems faced by remote places across west Africa. We want to support the children of this town. To provide them with education, clean water and food amongst the many other things that they lack. We cannot do it alone. We need your help. Your donation of as little as $2 can turn things around for the future of a child. With your help, we can reach out to places, never reached before. To help the poorest of the poor.

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