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As local COVID-19 cases rose throughout 2021, Togo's government issued several extensions to its nation-wide State of Health Emergency. The country's vaccination program commenced quickly, with priority given to frontline health workers. The lockdown restrictions resulted in increased unemployment and subsequent loss of income for many vulnerable families.

For our local church partners in Togo, most centres have now resumed their usual program activities. Some remain meeting in smaller groups, or are conducting home visits to registered children. Local workers have been able to deliver over 870,300 food packs and 598,800 hygiene kits to children and their families in poverty.

Watch the latest video update below from our local church partners in Tanzania.

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Country update

How is Compassion currently operating in Togo?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Most Compassion centres in Togo have been able to safely resume normal activities.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    Letters are currently being delivered in Togo, although they may be delayed. We encourage you to continue writing your sponsored child, as all children need words of hope and encouragement now more than ever before. Thank you for your ministry!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed normally in Togo. Local workers will meet with the child and family to determine the best use of the gift and ensure it meets their greatest need.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for the children, families and local church partners we serve in Togo.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray that God would bless the children’s efforts as they prepare for their exams.
  • Pray for comfort for Mawuli as he grieves his parent’s abandonment.
  • Pray that God would bring wisdom to Leontine’s teachers as they support her educational development.
  • Pray for wisdom and peace for Emmanuel’s mother as she works to manage her high blood pressure.
  • Pray that God would heal Lare’s wife and children who are ill.
  • Pray for comfort and strength for a local worker who is receiving treatment for breast cancer.
  • Pray for discernment for the local church partners as they create plans for the future.
  • Pray that God would continue to keep the staff healthy and safe as they serve the children who are most vulnerable in their communities.
  • Pray that God would bring peace and stability to the people of Togo.
Making handwashing stations in Togo

Making handwashing stations in Togo

One of Compassion’s church partners in Togo teamed up with local charity Plan Togo to show 40 vulnerable families how to make their own hygienic handwashing stations. Without access to running water or bathrooms in their homes, these families have struggled to follow the hygiene guidelines for preventing COVID-19.   Read more open_in_new

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Please note: Most Compassion centres in Togo have been able to safely resume meeting in small groups, abiding by local guidelines.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Togo

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 8 visit the Compassion centre for eight hours on Saturdays.
  • Students aged 9 and older attend the centre for six hours on Saturdays.
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Compassion Program Activities in Togo

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Compassion assisted children in Togo typically attend program activities at their local child development centre on Saturdays. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Togo.

9:00am - A time of prayer and devotion.

9:30am - Spiritual lessons where children sing songs and learn Bible stories.

10:30am - Break time where children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

11:00am - Social-emotional lessons from conflict resolution to developing healthy self-esteem and a godly character. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

12:00pm - Lunch and social time. Children in Togo are generally given breakfast and a meal each day they come to the centre. There are some critical situations where children from extremely poor families are given more food to take home. A typical meal consists of rice or pasta with fish or meat.

1:00pm - Health lessons where children are taught practical health and hygiene tips. Example topics include how to prevent malaria and HIV.

2:00pm - Letter writing and career planning. Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests, and set goals for their future.

In addition to Compassion’s curriculum, children have opportunities to participate in activities such as learning musical instruments, choreography, choir, art, football and puzzles. Parents and caregivers are offered parenting classes.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Togo

55%

of people live below the poverty line

396

mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

81%

of people lack access to basic sanitation

Togo, on Africa’s west coast, remains one of the poorest nations in Africa. Togo was granted independence in 1960 after decades of colonisation, first by Germany and then, following World War I, by Britain and France. Shortly after, Gnassingbé Eyadéma seized power in a bloodless coup and ruled for almost 40 years.

Throughout that time, Togo has struggled with issues of poverty. Poor sanitation facilities and a general inaccessibility to safe drinking water, along with a lack of access to good medical care, particularly in rural areas, have cost many lives and held back the nation’s development. In fact, Togo has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, and, according to UNICEF, more than half of the population still lives below the poverty line.

This has a significant impact on children. Without other options, many are forced into prostitution or child labour: 35.7 per cent of children aged five to 14 are involved in child labour, which can interfere with schooling and expose children to dangerous situations.

Forced child labour occurs in the agricultural sector—particularly on coffee, cocoa, and cotton farms—as well as in stone and sand quarries. Children from rural areas are brought to the capital, Lomé, and forced to work as domestic servants, roadside vendors and porters, or exploited in prostitution.

Through much of the past few years, the nation has been caught up in a protracted political disagreement between President Faure Gnassingbé Eyadéma and opposition parties, who demanded he place limits on how many terms a president can serve — and step down. President Eyadéma was elected in 2005 following the death of his father, former President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, and each of his subsequent electoral victories (in 2010, 2015 and 2020) has been met with opposition protest and claims of vote-rigging; yet the elections have been declared free and fair by independent observers.

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