Empowering future leaders to change the world through technology
How We Started
CodeToHope was founded by Phil Padonou, a software engineer, who built a career path from humble beginnings in his native Benin, Africa through technology and education. With poverty being a persisting issue in his home, Phil was empowered to discover a truly effective solution to fighting this epidemic. He realized purchasing food and materials would never fully address poverty and the underlying issues the community was facing. By combining his passion in giving back and his knowledge as a software engineer, he saw providing educational opportunities through technology as a way to invest in the education of future leaders of Benin. From this idea, CodeToHope was founded to provide access to technology and education in an effort to bring socio-economic change to underprivileged communities.
Our mission is to empower future leaders to change the world through technology. Unfortunately, many children in places around the world have never seen or even heard of a computer. Lacking understanding and access to these resources hinder many of the opportunities working with them can provide. By giving these children and young adults access to technology and providing them with mentors, we hope to gradually increase both their computer and technical skills over time. We truly believe investing in the IT education of youth can result in drastic economic improvement for the communities involved.
Digital competence and technology are vital tools for breaking the poverty cycle and providing opportunities for children around the world. Technology can give a child living in poverty access to the same information as the most affluent child. Technology has the incredible power to improve the connection to healthcare, education, foster economic growth and create opportunities for nations around the world. Through donations, scheduled lessons from mentors, and the use of educational software, this program will give children the exposure to basic computer skills necessary and incrementally build their technical skills throughout school.
Devices (computers, tablets, & smartphones) for students to learn on
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Teach students in primary and secondary schools, lead workshops at local universities and train local educators
Sponsored internship program