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As of 1 February 2021, Togo’s ministry of health reported 5092 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with a total of 79 deaths, 731 active cases and 4,282 recoveries.

A global survey conducted by an Australian think-tank and released in January named Togo’s handling of the pandemic the second-best in Africa. Stores, markets, restaurants and bars are open although most religious services and churches remain closed. Everyone must adhere to preventive measures such as hand washing, masking and social distancing, at all times and in all places.

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COVID-19 in Togo

How is Compassion currently operating in Togo?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Some Compassion centres in Togo have been able to safely resume meeting in small groups.

    Children and youths participate in classes and activities while abiding by local guidelines. Partner churches continue to make regular home visits to monitor the health of children and families, deliver curricula and pray with them.

    Staff members have been able to safely deliver about 457,000 food packs and 290,000 hygiene kits to families, in addition to providing medical support to more than 51,000 individuals.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    Letters are currently being delivered in Togo, although delivery to and from your sponsored child may take a bit longer than normal. 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?

    At this point, Gifts continue to be distributed in Togo.

    Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver, if necessary. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will be notified whether a gift has been designated as a child gift or family gift. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognising that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for children and families in Togo who have been impacted by COVID-19—and the local staff and churches who continue to serve them in difficult circumstances.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Confidence and understanding in every child that God loves them and has a plan for their life.
  • God's continued protection over the health and safety of the children, family and staff of TG0205.
  • God's provision for resources required to construct additional toilets and a kitchen desperately needed by TG0205.
  • God's hand of protection and guidance over TG0143 as staff prepare to resume centre activities with the children.
  • Praise for a successful and fruitful all-in staff meeting.
  • God would guide and direct Togo’s Leadership Team as they desire for each child to reach their God-given potential.
  • God’s continued protection of the children, family, caregivers and staff against any illness or abuse.
  • God would bring unity and peace to the National Office staff as they make decision to help more children living in extreme poverty.
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

Crisis Reports from Togo

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    Storm and Fire at TG0233, Togo (Crisis Update) 31 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    In Togo, the community of Djakpata-lomnava, which is located near Notsè, Haho, was impacted by a storm, heavy rain and a subsequent fire, all of which have caused significant damage. The community are recovering from the effects of the storm and fire.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 2

    New information

    The church partner will be repairing the damaged solar panel so that the well (which is powered by the solar panel) will soon be functional again. A family whose workshop was damaged will receive sheet metal and other supplies to repair the roof. The local church partner is also supplying affected families with food and coverings for their shelters.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the church partners and affected families as they recover.

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    Thunderstorm at TG0933, Togo 09 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    A rainstorm with strong winds in the community of Notsé in Haho prefecture caused a lot of damage to buildings.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 0

    New information

    The office, classrooms, kitchen, solar panels and fence of the church partner were damaged. Fortunately, no one was at the building at the time of the storm, so there were no injuries. Some minor repairs were done to allow for program activities at the child development centre. A budget is being prepared to submit to Compassion for assistance to rebuild.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the church partner staff as they repair damaged infrastructure.

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    Storm and Fire at TG0233, Togo 07 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    In Togo, the community of Djakpata-lomnava, which is located near Notsè, Haho, was impacted by a storm, heavy rain and a subsequent fire, all of which have caused significant damage.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 2

    New information

    The storm damaged the solar system that operates the church partner's well. The local church partner is supporting the affected families with food and temporary shelter.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the church partner and families as they recover from damage and losses.

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Please note: Due to the current pandemic, some child development centres in Togo remain temporarily closed. Our local church partners continue to meet the urgent needs of the children through home-based care.

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

88%

of people lack access to improved 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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