Lome

Lome, the capital city of Togo, has a population of more than 837,000. Lome is located on the Gulf of Guinea, and common jobs in Lome are street and market vending. In Lome and in the country of Togo, farming - both subsistence and commercial - is the primary economic activity, with agricultural exports of cocoa, coffee, and cotton. 

Togo

Urban Region

  • Water for many households comes from unsafe sources, such as this unprotected well. Water for many households comes from unsafe sources, such as this unprotected well.
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • Assisted children love spending time at their Compassion centers where they have the freedom to play and learn important social skills. Assisted children love spending time at their Compassion centers where they have the freedom to play and learn important social skills.
  • The message of God's love, shared with children in Compassion's programs, helps them find hope and grow in self-esteem. The message of God's love, shared with children in Compassion's programs, helps them find hope and grow in self-esteem.
  • Togo's bustling city of Lomé, situated along the Atlantic coast, comprises almost one-quarter of the country's population. Togo's bustling city of Lomé, situated along the Atlantic coast, comprises almost one-quarter of the country's population.
  • The Compassion curriculum involves assisted children in a variety of learning activities, helping them grow into well-balanced adults. The Compassion curriculum involves assisted children in a variety of learning activities, helping them grow into well-balanced adults.
 
TOGO OVERVIEW

Population

7,351,374

Religion

Christian

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Urban Togo  title=
  • Many poor families in Togo’s rural areas migrate to such urban centers as the capital, Lomé, in search employment and a better way of life. They find only more desperate poverty.
  • Unable to afford housing, migrants to urban centers live along the roads in makeshift shelters, or crammed into small, rented rooms.
  • Malnutrition among urban children is common.
  • In the crowded cities, lack of access to safe water is a serious issue.
  • In fact, 39 percent of people do not have access to clean water. As a result, diseases such as cholera are rampant.
  • Education opportunities also are lacking in Togo’s cities.
  • The few public schools are undersupplied and overcrowded – up to 100 students per classroom.
  • In 2014, 59 percent of public school pupils failed the final government exam for their grade level.
LIFE
In Urban Togo

Geography & Climate

  • Togo is a narrow strip of land between Benin and Ghana on Africa’s west coast. In total area, the country is about the size of West Virginia.
  • Because of its length — long and narrow, north to south — Togo stretches through six distinct geographic regions.
  • The climate varies from the humid, tropical coast to the dry savannah along the border with Burkina Faso.
  • In the north, during the winter months, a hot dry wind called “harmattan” frequently stirs up choking dust storms.
  • The country suffers from widespread deforestation.

Economy

Farming, both subsistence and commercial, is the primary economic activity in Togo. Agricultural exports include cocoa, coffee and cotton.

In the cities, such as Togo’s capital of Lomé, street and market vending are common jobs.

One of the world’s poorest countries, Togo’s average annual per capita income is the equivalent of $400, and most families are unable to provide for even the most basic of their children’s needs.

About 39 percent of the people exist on less than U.S.$1.25 per day in conditions of great need and suffering.

Phosphate mining and tourism around Lake Togo also play important roles in the country’s economy.

Children at Home

Children in Togo, where polygamy is an accepted practice, grow up in crowded homes of eight or more people.

Children at home

In Lomé, where most Compassion-assisted child development centers are 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. Less than one-fourth of city dwellers have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

COMMUNITY
Togo Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Frequent and prolonged dry seasons make farming a tenuous livelihood.
  • Togo’s children suffer from malnutrition, malaria and diseases related to the lack of access to clean water or adequate sanitation.
  • In recent years, increasingly, children have become the victims of such evils as human trafficking, violence and sexual exploitation.
  • Access to health care is difficult.
  • Malaria is a common yet preventable illness.
Local Needs and Challenges

Lack of clean water

Drinking water is scarce, and children often must travel several miles to find it.

Inadequate housing

Houses typically are small and poorly built, and more than half the country does not have electricity.

Poor sanitation

Many villages have no access to latrines.

Youth issues

Juvenile delinquency is a problem even in rural areas, in part because parents often abandon their children. Also, the teenage pregnancy rate is high.

EDUCATION
Togo education
Schools and Education
  • One of the reasons Togo stays mired in poverty is the general population’s low level of education.
  • The government provides free basic education, but public schools are overcrowded (about 50 pupils per teacher) and underequipped.
  • Children often drop out of school to help earn income for their families. That’s why only 60 percent of Togolese age 15 and older can read and write.

Compassion Togo works to ensure that every registered child is able to attend school, and we provide additional support, including tutoring, at the child development centers.

At the Compassion Child Development Center

Compassion serves children in Togo through its child development centers. These centers, hosted by local churches, are havens of love and learning for registered children.

Here, children have the opportunity to develop their talents and abilities.

Most important, they learn about their heavenly Father and are introduced to salvation in Jesus Christ.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing help and hope to urban Togo’s children in need, providing:  

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • special tutoring sessions at their Compassion centers to help them succeed in their studies. As a result, the academic success rate among assisted children is above 85 percent.
  • simple home water filters for assisted families to enable them to have clean water for consumption and sanitation needs
  • regular parent trainings in Bible-based parenting and income-generation activities
  • the Compassion curriculum, adapted specifically to the culture of Togo, which includes a variety of learning activities that help children develop in all facets of life – educational, physical, emotional/social and most important, spiritual