Each class cultivates its own piece of land within the farm. It currently employs 4 teachers, 2 assistants, a director and an assistant-director. 120 children attend school, some of them being very disadvantaged. They all come from the surroundings of the Saint Andrew parish of Banigbé. The school benefits from the know-how of Emmanuel Education, the branch of the Emmanuel Community focusing on developing and running catholic schools.
Since January 2019, a canteen has been opened so that children do not have to spend the whole day at school with an empty stomach. Breakfast is now served at 7:30 am and lunch at 12:30 pm. The canteen currently employs 2 school moms, helped by two young girls.
Since 2016, the cultivation and promotion of Artemisia effective against malaria, is an essential part of the project. Indeed, a sick kid cannot succeed at school!
To ensure the necessary quality standards, they are members of the « Maison de l’Artemisia », an association which is promoting the cultivation and use of Artemisia in the best possible conditions. They have also become the main training center for its culture in Benin. Each month they welcome several new trainees to teach them how to cultivate and transform this plant, to prevent malaria.
The farm supplies the school with Artemisia herbal tea and for the past 18 months no one case of malaria has been reported amongst the pupils.
The next phase of the project is to renovate the school buildings and construct seven new teaching classes. Additional land will be bought to support the increasing number of students and investments will be done in solar energy and water pumping for the school and the farm.