Togo Gallery

Where We Work: Togo
  • Women and children walking through the trash dump

    Trash is dumped near homes and businesses in a neighborhood in Togo. Diarrheal diseases take the lives of almost two million children each year. Eighty to 90 percent of these diseases are related to environmental conditions, specifically contaminated water and inadequate sanitation. Compassion's programs teach children about the importance of hygiene and cleanliness to improve their health.

  • Young boy with a Bible

    A young boy holds a Bible high above his head at his local Compassion child development center. According to CIA's The World Factbook, approximately 29 percent of the population of Togo is Christian, while 20 percent is Muslim and 51 percent hold indigenous beliefs. Compassion's implementing church partners are careful to present the Gospel in a non-coercive, culturally sensitive way. Participation in Compassion's program is not contingent upon making a commitment to Christ.

  • Small boy rolling a tire down the path

    A young boy rolls a tire down a path in Togo, where approximately 39 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day. Many Togolese children suffer from malnutrition, malaria and diseases related to a lack of access to clean water or adequate sanitation. Compassion's child development programs step in to ensure children receive medical care and good nutrition to help them overcome their circumstances.

  • Woman in the market

    A woman balances a tray of fruit on her head through the streets of the Grand Market in Lomé, Togo. Farming is the primary economic activity in Togo, but in cities such as in Lomé, many people work as street and market vendors.

  • Men carrying benches on their heads

    Two men carry school desks and benches on top of their heads as they walk in front of a row of Togolese flags. With a population of over 7 million people in Togo, approximately 39 percent live on less than $1.25 per day.

  • Woman carrying vegetables on her head

    A woman balances fresh vegetables on top of her head as she walks through the Grand Market in Lomé, Togo. Farming, both subsistence and commercial, is the primary economic activity in Togo. Agricultural exports include cocoa, coffee and cotton.

  • Little girl standing in front of her home

    A little girl stands in the doorway of her home in Togo. In Lomé, Togo, where Compassion’s child development centers are all located, homes typically are made of cement, with roofs of metal sheets. Even though services such as water and electricity are available, few families can afford them. Also, less than one-fourth of city dwellers have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

  • Little girl in the doorway of her home

    A little girl stands in the doorway of her home in Togo. In Lomé, Togo, where Compassion’s child development centers are all located, homes typically are made of cement, with roofs of metal sheets. Even though services such as water and electricity are available, few families can afford them. Also, less than one-fourth of city dwellers have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

  • Three small children outside a building

    Three children stand outside a building in Togo. Compassion began working in Togo in 2008. Currently, more than 4,300 children participate in 20 child development centers. Compassion partners with local churches to provide Togolese children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all that God created them to be.

  • Children in a classroom

    Children in a classroom in Togo write their answers on small chalkboards, then hold them up for the teacher to see. Although the Togolese place a high value on education, many children didn't attend school, because their parents couldn't afford the modest tuition. In 2008, the Togolese government abolished all school fees and made primary education compulsory. However, typical classrooms are still minimally equipped, most without electricity.

  • Fellow Blewussi Kpodo at church

    Nine-year-old Fellow Blewussi Kpodo stands front and center in a yellow shirt holding up his hands in prayer at his local church. Fellow lives in Lomé, Togo with his father and three siblings. His mother died in an accident when he was little, and his father's job pays only US$60 per month, which isn't enough to feed the family. When Fellow was registered with Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program, it was cause for celebration around the world. Not only did it mean that Fellow would receive medical care, nutritious food, and help with school fees, but Fellow was also the one-millionth child actively registered with Compassion worldwide.

  • Market and Church

    The Grand Market for Commerce is located in the city center of Lomé, Togo. As one of the world’s poorest countries, Togo’s average annual per capita income is the equivalent of $400. Many families are unable to provide for their children’s basic needs. Fortunately, Compassion began working in Togo in 2008 and currently supports more than 4,300 children in 20 child development centers.

  • Viviane helping her mother cook food

    Seven-year-old Viviane Agboton fans the cooking pot embers to help her mother, Adjo Bougara, prepare a meal. When Adjo was pregnant with Viviane, her husband left her, and she was evicted from their home. Viviane was born on the side of a road and lived in terrible conditions until Compassion stepped into her life. Thanks to her sponsor, Viviane now gets nutritious food and is able to attend school.

  • Family on a motorcycle

    A family rides through a street in Togo on a motorcycle. The annual population growth rate in Togo is relatively high at 2.73 percent, according to CIA's The World Factbook. As the population of Togo continues to grow, so will its needs for resources, infrastructure, and jobs.

  • A mother and daughter in their yard

    Eight-year-old Afi Toulassi and her mother pose for a photo outside their small home in Togo, which doesn't have electricity or running water. Due to her parents' unsteady income, Afi and her family regularly go to bed hungry. If it were not for Compassion, Afi wouldn't be in school. Sponsorship allows her to continue her education and ensures she receives nutritious food and medical care.

  • A young boy getting water from a pipe

    A young boy fills a bucket with water. The average person in the developing world uses a little more than 2.5 gallons of water each day for drinking, washing and cooking. Whereas the average person in the developed world uses 13 gallons per day only for toilet flushing.

  • Young boys helping their father at his boat

    Two young boys help their father with his fishing boat. Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program teaches children life skills, as well as income-generation activities, so that after they finish school and graduate from the program, they can financially support themselves and their families.

  • A boy sitting on the edge of a boat

    A young boy sits on the edge of a boat, which is crowded on a shore in Togo. Young people ages 15 to 24 represent close to half of the world's increasing number of jobless people—estimated to be 50 million at the end of 2009. This is an especially urgent challenge for developing countries, which are home to 85 percent of the world's youth.

  • Fellow Blewussi Kpodo waiting for lunch

    Students wait in a courtyard at their school for lunch to be served from a large metal pot. More than 140 million or 25 percent of all children in developing countries are underweight and at risk of long-term effects of malnutrition. Compassion's child development programs ensure children receive good nutrition and medical care, so they can grow up healthy.

  • Overhead view of men working on their fishing net

    Fishermen work together to repair their nets. Togo is one of the world’s poorest countries, with an average annual per capita income equivalent to $400. The country faces many challenges, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, illiteracy, and a lack of safe drinking water and sanitation.

  • People getting rid of their trash at the dump

    Several people, including children, walk through a trash dump in Togo. Children under age five account for less than 10 percent of the world's population, but suffer from 40 percent of the diseases attributed to environmental factors. Compassion's programs provide children with medical care, good nutrition, and education on hygiene and cleanliness, so they can overcome their circumstances.

  • Food preparation

    Several women prepare white beans to be cooked at a Compassion child development center in Togo. The most popular food in Togo is maize, which is made into a porridge. This simple dish is always served with stews, such as vegetable stews made with okra, ademe and spinach or meat stews made with fish, cow skin or large bush rats.

  • Food preparation

    Several women prepare white beans to be cooked at a Compassion child development center in Togo. More than nine million children under age five die every year, and malnutrition accounts for more than one-third of these deaths. Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Good nutrition is part of Compassion's child development programs, ensuring children can grow healthy and strong.

  • Narrow dirty street filled with people

    A crowd of people walks through a dirty street in Togo. In this country, access to health care is difficult, and malaria is a common yet preventable illness. Many Togolese children are forced to travel several miles to find drinking water. Typical houses in Togo are small and poorly built, and more than half the country does not have electricity.

  • Toulassi studying in her home

    Afi Toulassi sits on a mat on the floor of her home in Togo; she works on her homework with help from a lamp. She doesn't have electricity or running water in her home. When Afi was registered with Compassion, she was not going to school. Now, Afi says that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up, so that she can help people recover when they are sick.

  • Large crowd of people in a narrow dirt street

    A crowd of people walks through a dirty street in Togo, which is home to 37 indigenous tribes that make up 99 percent of the population. The largest and most influential tribes are the Ewe, Mina and Kabre.

  • Muslim woman on the flag lined walk

    A Muslim woman, dressed in a black burka, walks in front of a row of Togolese flags. The burka comes from the interpretation of Islamic holy text that women's faces must be covered. Approximately 20 percent of the population of Togo is Muslim.

  • A crowd of people in the busy market street

    A group of women walks home with purchases from the local market. Many children suffer from extreme poverty in Togo and are forced to face life without good nutrition, medical care and clean drinking water. Compassion Togo meets the needs of many of these children in poverty through its local church partners.