In his home, Cheko helps by washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his father and his grandmother. His father is sometimes employed and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, hide-and-seek and playing group games are Cheko's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Your love and support will help Cheko to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Cheko lives in the coastal community of Kodome, home to approximately 16,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Ewe and the most commonly spoken language is Mina.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, worms, diarrhea and hypertension. Half of the adults in Kodome are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $33 per month. This community needs schools, educational materials, income generating activities and health centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centre de Dévélopement des enfants MESA Kodome to provide Cheko with Bible teaching, choir, hygiene and nutrition education, games, health screening, field trips, opportunities for community service, tutoring and educational materials.
Togo is a small country located in Western Africa. Despite its size, it includes several distinct geographic regions: gently rolling savanna in north; hills in the central part of the country; southern plateau; and low coastal plain with many lagoons and marshes. The climate is as diverse as the geography: tropical in the south to semi-arid in the north.
The people of Togo are made up of more than 37 different African tribes, the most prevalent being Ewe, Mina, and Kabre. French is the official language, along with four regional African languages. More than half of the population practices a religion made up of indigenous beliefs, while the remaining are split between Christianity and Islam. Togo's economy is based mostly on commercial and subsistence agriculture, with cotton being the most important cash crop. Cocoa and coffee are exported as well. Togo is also the world's fourth-largest producer of phosphate. Economic instability has lead to 32% of the population in Togo living below the poverty line.
French Togoland became Togo in 1960. Beginning in 1967, Togo was ruled by a military general whose Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) party has maintained power almost continually since that time. The RPT still maintains a majority of seats in today's legislature. Upon the president's death in 2005, the military installed his son and then engineered his formal election two months later, beginning Togo's transition to a democracy and leading to its first legitimate elections in October 2007. While Togo has a long history of political unrest and has been accused numerous times of human rights violations, recently it has achieved some political stability and recognition in the international community.
Map of Togo
Child's Location: West of Lome