Water Crisis in Cotonou, Benin

Benin is a West African country border Nigeria to the east and Togo to the west. Cotonou is the largest city in Benin and is also a major port in the region.

"Benin is characterized by a relatively high incidence of waterborne diseases, as well as poor access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Rural areas are particularly affected by this. The present impact evaluation is relevant in order to better understand whether and how the installation of improved water sources or sanitation facilities, as well as hygiene campaigns, can contribute to lowering the disease burden among rural communities. Another aspect of the problem is the natural environment, which has a major influence on rural water supply, be it through the availability of groundwater or the variation in rainfall." 
See 'The Risks of Vanishing Effects' OECD (2011) https://www.oecd.org/countries/benin/49295631.pdf

I was honored to travel with World Care Ministry to Cotonou, Benin in Spring of 2007. Below are a few pics representing their water and sanitation crisis. I also included some of the beauty through smiles and fashion.