Togo

Togo
Togo
Togo
An image of Togo Where Togo is in the world.

Togo is a narrow country on Africa’s west coast. It has beautiful beaches, lakes, and cities with exotic markets, but many of the people live in deep poverty.

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Lomé

Compassion’s work in Togo began in 2008.

FRENCH

French is the official language of Togo. Here are some of the basics:

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Bonjour
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Ça va?
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Salut

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Cheetah

Reaching speeds of almost 65mph, cheetahs are the fastest animals on land.

Houses in the countryside are often made from mud bricks and mud plaster, with straw roofs. Houses in towns are usually made of cement blocks and iron sheeted roofs.

Living conditions

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7.1 million

Compassion works alongside 100 local churches in Togo to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Togo became independent from France in 1960, but has struggled ever since with instability. It’s one of the world’s poorest countries.

As with all countries, the children are especially affected by the poverty. Many become ill from various diseases because they don’t have enough of the right food to eat and don’t have access to doctors or hospitals.

For every 100 children, less than five go to secondary school. This is because they are needed to work for their families and many would have to travel too far to get there.

There are many children living in poverty in Togo. Meet some who are escaping the poverty around them.

Young
There are many young people in Togo, in fact, 70 per cent of the people living there are younger than 20 years old.

Earning a living
Togo has very high levels of poverty and many people struggle to survive on the small amounts they earn selling goods in the streets.

AIDS
AIDS has left many children without any family members to care for them. In these families, the older children bring up their younger brothers and sisters.

Water
A family washes up in basins at the side of the road. In many communities it’s hard to get clean water at all.

Labour
Fishermen work together to repair their nets. Almost 40 per cent of the Togolese population cannot read or write and many rely on farming or fishing for a small amount of money.

Orphans
The number of orphans and street children in Togo is increasing because of poverty.

Baby and mother
Babies and toddlers are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition and need to have a good diet.

School
Less than five per cent of children who attend primary school continue on to secondary school as they often have too far to travel or cannot afford it. Compassion projects support children in their schooling.

Christian
In Togo, about 29 per cent of the population are Christian. Children get to hear all about Jesus at Compassion projects.

Food
At some projects where poor nutrition is a problem, children are given regular meals to help keep them healthy.

Through your support of Compassion, children are given hope and a wonderful future. The love and support the children receive from their sponsors has a lasting impact on their lives.

Please pray for the people of Togo to be free from poverty.

Pray for the children in Compassion projects in Togo to know how much God loves them.

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CFA franc

Unusually, the CFA franc has a fixed exchange rate to the euro.

Compassion run projects for more than 22,600 children in Togo.

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in Togo.

The most popular food in Togo is maize, which is made into a porridge. This simple dish is always served with stew or soup. Try making this chicken soup:

Recipe: CHICKEN GROUNDNUT SOUP

CHICKEN GROUNDNUT SOUP Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 1 chicken, cut into serving pieces, season and brown by frying
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 small tin of tomato puree
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2½ cups water
  1. Add the onion and water to a saucepan. Then add the peanut butter and tomato puree.
  2. Cook at a low heat until the oil from the peanut butter starts to come to the surface of the sauce.
  3. Add the chicken and cook for five minutes before adding the tomatoes and seasoning.
  4. Stir over a low heat and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the chicken is tender. Serve hot.

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Togo’s coast was a big trading centre for European countries to buy slaves from in the 16th Century, and then for the following 200 years until it became illegal.

What do you get if you cross a cheetah and a sheep?

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A spotty jumper!

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, BBC Nature , Wikipedia