COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Togo

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Togo

Last Updated: 10/09/2020

Togo has extended its state of emergency for up to six months (March 2021), depending on how the pandemic evolves. Borders are closed, public meetings of more than 15 people are banned, and schools are closed except for certain grades in which exams are mandatory. Masks are required in public. Churches are partially opened. The Togolese government is planning to offer special COVID-19 insurance to medical staff throughout the country as they work to prevent the spread of the virus.

Compassion centers have suspended programming, but Compassion’s partner churches continue to make regular home visits to monitor the health of children and families and pray with them. Staff members have been able to safely deliver 254,332 food packs and 217,432 hygiene kits to families, in addition to providing medical support to 27,934 individuals. Centers are evaluating education needs for the students who have been unable to attend school to best know how to support them. They are offering refresher courses for students who will be taking national exams and following up with youths who are in apprenticeships or vocational training. In some centers, mothers have been taught how to make masks, both for their families and to sell for income.

COVID response in Togo

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Togo?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Togo, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming. Watch this video for a detailed explanation of how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion centers and how local partners are caring for each registered child during this season.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Togo are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 254,332 food packs and 217,432 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Togo

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Etonam, 8, was so excited when her Aunt Tanti came to visit the family. But soon after she arrived, Tanti found out she had COVID-19. Receiving a diagnosis of COVID-19 can be unsettling and even frightening. But for an impoverished family in Togo like Etonam’s, it meant that her Aunt Tanti was dragged out of her family’s home in the middle of the night by the police.

By the next day, the entire neighborhood heard the news. The family was denied access to the market and couldn’t buy food.

“My sister and I went to buy food in the shop and they refused to serve us and sent us away,” says Etonam, who is registered at the Compassion center in her village. “They told us that my Aunt Tanti contaminated us with COVID-19, and we should never approach them. We returned home crying.” The family went into quarantine while police stood outside of their home. No one would bring them food, and they became isolated and desperate.

Finally, though, the Compassion partner church got word about what was happening – and raced to help. Immediately, they provided food and essentials to the house, ensuring the family could quarantine safely for 16 days and have all of their needs met. No one else in the family contracted COVID-19 during that time.

“I want to say a big thank you to all who support Compassion,” says Kodjovi, Etonam’s father. “They don’t know us, yet they provide for our needs and support us. Only God will reward them. May God bless them abundantly.”

How can I pray for Togo?

Pray for economic recovery in Togo, as the pandemic has made it very difficult for caregivers to provide for their families. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Togo
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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