COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Togo

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Togo

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

COVID-19 infections are increasing in Togo; the average daily number of new infections was 176 on April 5. Up to that date, Togo had administered enough doses to fully vaccinate 0.3% of its 8.6 million people. For the fourth time since the beginning of the pandemic, Togo is extending its State of Health Emergency. Stores, markets, restaurants and bars are open although most religious services and churches remain closed. Everyone must adhere to preventive measures such as hand-washing, masking and social distancing, at all times and in all places.

Most Compassion centers in Togo have been able to safely resume meeting in small groups, abiding by local guidelines. A very small number have resumed normal activities. Partner church staff continue to make regular home visits to monitor the health of children and families, deliver curricula and pray with them. Staff members have been able to safely deliver over 521,600 food packs and almost 336,000 hygiene kits to families, in addition to providing medical support to nearly 69,000 individuals.

COVID response in Togo

A Message From National Staff

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.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Compassion centers in Togo are all open with the majority meeting in small groups. Staff at partner churches continue to make home visits. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, staff members have been able to safely deliver over 521,600 food packs and almost 336,000 hygiene kits to families!

COVID response in Togo

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When Compassion first partnered with the local church in Amavenou, the community was very reluctant and chose not to send their children to the center. The parents were skeptical, unconvinced of the importance of education and medical care. However, as the center began offering education and support for the children and community, positive changes were evident in the children's lives. As parents began to discuss their children's well-being, they began to see the importance of education.

"Education has changed many things in our community. Many more people are coming to the church and Compassion center," says Silvestre, the center director.

Just as the community began to embrace the center, COVID-19 interrupted the momentum. "The thought of not seeing the joy that the curriculum had been providing to these children was heavy on my heart," says Silvestre. "These children are so precious to me, especially with the newfound hope that was growing in them."

So, Silvestre decided to visit children in their homes while wearing a mask and respecting social distancing. His team agreed to join him. "I was positively surprised by my team's reaction. All the center staff and volunteers adopted the idea. This is how our new way of implementing the curriculum was born," says Silvestre.

They began to record lessons as audio files, copying them on USB drives and playing them in each home where small groups of children would gather. Surprisingly, children became interested in this type of teaching.

"I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish. It is a total joy. I appreciate the socioemotional lesson in particular — one developed by Compassion. This lesson has brought my community together and brought so many positive changes," says Silvestre.

How can I pray for Togo?

Pray for frontline church partners as they welcome children back to Compassion centers; pray that God would give them wisdom to carry out activities in creative ways that respect COVID-19 guidelines. 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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