Joel lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joel participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, walking and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Joel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Joel lives in the coastal community of Nyekonakpoe, home to approximately 35,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Ewe.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, worms, cholera and skin infections. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors, market traders or in domestic service and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs secondary schools and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centre de Dévélopement des Enfants Le Bon Berger to provide Joel with Bible teaching, hygiene and nutrition education, games, health screening, field trips, tutoring and educational materials. The center staff will also provide income-generating activities and Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Joel.
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: East of Lome