Child Sponsor Togo
Togo, with its
population of 6.6million, is located in West Africa with Ghana to its west,
Benin to its east and Burkina Faso to its north with its southern border
meeting the Gulf of Guinea. Following independence form France in 1960 Togo
came under a number of oppressive regimes until tentative steps towards
democracy started to emerge in 2007.
Despite this, many see these
steps as stalled and Togo remains relatively unstable and one of the poorest
countries in the world with many of its citizens living in neighbouring
countries such as Benin having fled there following the violence that engulfed the 2005 elections. Due
to perceived human rights abuses, the EU cut aid to the country in 1993 and its remains suspended although some NGOs are returning to the country after
the 2007 elections which were broadly seen as fair.
Today Togo is in 159th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in
terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living
standards of a country with a life expectancy of just over 57yrs.
Half of Togo's
population live under the international poverty line, one out of every thirty children
in Togo die of the preventable disease malaria, accounting for 25% of all
childhood deaths, not least because, although the disease in rampant, only about
15% of children under the age of five in Togo sleep under a malaria net despite
being available for just a pound or so, but out of the reach of poor families.
Child sponsor programs in Togo work with
orphaned and abandoned children, the promotion of children's rights in a
country where culturally
children are seen to have no rights and harsh, physical abuse of them is seen
as acceptable as is enforced hard labour, access to education and healthcare
and developing secure food and water supplies. Other work supports the 13,575
refugees from Ghana and the 5,000 from the Ivory coast who reside in the
can help when your sponsor a child in Togo.