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Benin Dorm Inauguration & ADV General Assembly

Greetings from Sakété! Our prayers are that this update finds all of you doing well. We have been busy here and wanted to provide a short update about the current happenings of Arbre de Vie. Ashley’s mom, Cindy, arrived in Benin several weeks ago and we are so thankful that she is here with us….

Ashley on Phone

Welcome to our website!

Welcome to our brand new website!  We are so excited to be able to share the ministry of Tree of Life USA and Arbre de Vie in this new way!  You know, I have had several things in my life in the last year and a half come to fruition after it seemed like that…

Esther: Surgery needed immediately

In April 2013, Esther and her parents showed up for the first time at the church we attend in Sakété. This Sunday was the first time any of our staff met baby Esther. It was immediately obvious that this little baby was suffering from a disorder known as hydrocephalus. To put it simply, hydrocephalus is…

Basile: One of our sponsored children

Something most people don’t know about our organization is that support is not only provided for the children who live at our orphanage but also for dozens of other children who still live in their home villages with their family. Education is not free in Benin, as is the case in most third-world countries. When…

Papa Rizikiath

Papa Rizikiath is a single father who came to the orphanage seeking assistance for his daughter. His wife had died during childbirth and following her death their infant daughter had been taken care of by a Catholic orphanage in Sakété. After leaving his daughter at the orphanage, he went to Cotonou, a large city approximately…