Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

By David Hylton,
Public Relations Specialist

31 in 31In western Africa, sandwiched between Ghana and Benin, is the small country of Togo. At about 22,000 square miles, it covers roughly the same area of land as West Virginia.

ChildFund International has worked in Togo since 1984. The country has undergone years of political unrest, holding its first relatively free and fair election in October 2007.

Togo’s economy also has suffered over the years. To help offset these deep-seated challenges and break the cycle of poverty, ChildFund is providing the country’s next generation with knowledge and tools to generate income. Our sustainable livelihood programs equip children with skills in agriculture, animal husbandry, carpentry, mechanics and handcrafts. Farmers also now have access to special agricultural courses and loans to help stimulate food production for the country. Implementing these programs not only gives the economy a boost, but also leads to food self-sufficiency for entire communities in Togo.

Our support to the people of Togo also extends to education as well as health and sanitation. ChildFund supplies school uniforms, textbooks and writing materials to primary school students. In addition, we administer vaccinations to children for measles, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, tuberculosis and polio.

Although the country is small, the call to break the cycle of poverty must not go unanswered. As the country gains political stability, now is a critical time to help children achieve positive outcomes for lasting change.

For more information about Togo, click here.

More on Togo
Population: 6 million
ChildFund beneficiaries: More than 700 children and families
Did You Know?: Togolese artist Paul Ahyi was named as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in September. Paul creates ceramics, tapestries and jewelry, and designs interiors and household objects.

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