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Togo

Active in Togo since 1986, Terre des hommes (Tdh) runs projects dealing with child protection and provides access to medical care. In 2012, more than 27,500 people benefited from the activities implemented.

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The context

After its independence in 1960, the Togolese Republic underwent 38 years of dictatorship.
Since 2005, there is a democratically elected government in place. Togo’s economy relies
mainly on agriculture, the most important products being cotton, coffee and cocoa.
There is a general lack of infrastructure; the health care system is inaccessible for most of
the population. Togolese children from disadvantaged social classes are vulnerable to trafficking and to all forms of exploitation. Despite the Togolese authorities’ willingness to improve child protection in the country, there still remains a lot to be done. The implementation of legal mechanisms for child protection falls short of their intended outcome, and social services continue to be insufficient, despite the launch of a national child help line since 2009, with the support of several partners, including Tdh.

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Children's situation

• Adolescents between 10 and 19 years old represent 23% of the population.
• 103 children out of 1,000 die before the age of 5 (CH : 5‰).
• 60% of births are attended by skilled health personnel.
• 47% of children aged 5 to 14 work.
• 25% of women are married before the age of 18.

Tdh in Togo : Country Representative : Olivier Tor • Tdh employees : 38 • Areas of intervention : Lomé, Vogan, Akébous, Kara, Accra • Partner organizations : Ministry for Social Affairs, Department of Child Protection, UNICEF, ILO, RELUTET, Tdh Spain, CHUV •
2013 Budget : CHF 665,279.-

Our intervention

Fighting exploitation and trafficking of children – Since 2001, Tdh has been managing an ongoing project called “Vixoasi” (“precious child”) aimed at protecting children from different types of abuse. After years of intervention, Tdh’s shelter for abused children in Lomé called “Oasis” has been transferred to the government. A new project of host families is in implementation as an alternative to the transit centre. In order to reinforce the protective environment of children, especially children on the move, traditional protective mechanisms are strengthened in the places of origin and destination.

Protection for unaccompanied migrant minors – Tdh ensures protection for children who want or have to leave their home towns. From their places of departure up to their destination, they are helped to achieve their plans and are accompanied by social workers who offer them protection when faced with the risks of exploitation, trafficking or bad treatment.

Specialised care – Tdh ensures the care of children suffering from serious illnesses which cannot be treated locally. They can be operated on in Benin, thanks to visiting international specialists, or may be transferred to Europe. Tdh strives furthermore for an improvement in local medical competence through international training.

2012 Results

• The year 2012 was marked by the transfer of the “Oasis” centre, founded by Tdh, to the Togolese state. The centre, which became the centrepiece of a genuine movement toward child protection in Togo, today encompasses over a dozen partners.
• 94 children benefited from renewed assistance by being placed in foster families, and 2,945 child victims of exploitation, trafficking or mistreatment had their living conditions improved thanks to support from Tdh.
• Tdh’s support for the Department of Social Action remains a priority in order to maintain high quality standards in terms of assistance.
• Finally, the “treatment and transfer” project enabled 40 children and their families to start a new life.

What Tdh can do with :

CHF 60.–
Offer access to medical treatment for one child.

CHF 100.–
Support a literacy course for 20 children during one month.

In this country we deal with the following themes

Testimonial

Marion Darcissac, Tdh communication officer

If you go to the market square of Lomé, the “Grand Marché”, you can tell that Tdh has been trying to improve the living and working conditions of the girls who work there. They are at high risk to be exploited or abused, and the hard work is often physically too demanding.*

- Marion Darcissac, Tdh communication officer

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