Due to the frequent and prolonged power cuts in the city of Porto Novo in Benin, the Salesians of Don Bosco asked the EKI Foundation for a new solar system. The Catchi Center is part of the CAPE (Child Care and Protection Centers) program and is a short-term (3 months) foster home. These children are in a situation of marginalization and vulnerability.
- NGO: Salesians of Don Bosco
- Service: Electricity and power supply 24/7
- Impact: 40 children, 3 employees
- PV Installation: 12 panels (5.8 kW)
- Social impact: Improvement of the center's service and attention to the children
The center has a capacity for 40 children. The center, with the help of various professionals (psychologists, educators, caregivers, etc.), analyzes the situation of each child and possible reinsertion and reintegration options available to them. They accompany the children during the process of family reintegration, and when family reintegration is not possible, they analyze the transfer to the Magone center, which is a long-term shelter of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the neighborhood of Tokpota in Porto Novo. In 2021, 87 children aged 10 to 14 years were helped, and 29 of them were reintegrated into the family.
The center also has a water pump and water tower for water supply. Frequent power outages posed a major problem for the operation and service that could be provided to the children and community. The solar photovoltaic system was installed in March 2022 with local personnel and supervision by EKI staff.