The purchase of these mouth masks helps young tailors in the West African country of Benin. Here, students often pay huge sums to learn the trade. In some cases, they work for free in fashion studios for three years and still have to pay to receive a diploma. ONG-AJP fights against this and provides training for youth to become a mechanic, welder, hairdresser, carpenter or seamstress and help them set up their own business.
ONG-AJP is a local foundation in Benin. Tailor Gratien Gbaguidi and teacher Romain Alapini are the founders of this foundation, which focuses on the following activities:
- stimulating existing workshops to offer young people a cheap, good workplace and professional training
- offering supplementary training to the instructors
- supporting young people to establish their own workshops by providing them with starter packets
- offering literacy programs
ONG-AJP works closely together with the Dutch foundation Kind in Benin (“Child in Benin”). Kind in Benin coordinates the shipment and sale of these mouth masks and other products in the shops of Tropenmuseum and Museum Volkenkunde.