The situation in Togo
Severe poverty means that many children in Togo are exposed to the risk of exploitation and abuse. 44% of children are forced to work and one fifth do not attend school. The health system is inadequate and most families cannot afford medical care. As a result, child mortality is very high. This combination of factors means that most youths have no choice but to seek work in the towns or nearby countries.
What we do
Afi, who has worked from a very young age to support her family, only narrowly escaped a forced marriage. With Tdh’s support, she has successfully completed a dressmaker’s apprenticeship and is now training her own apprentice.
Afi, a qualified dressmaker in LoméRead more...
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Terre des hommes in Togo
Beneficiaries in 2014
Expatriate staff / National staff
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Lomé, Accra (Ghana), Aného, Kara and the prefecture of Akébou
Ministry for Social Affairs, Department of Child Protection
Where we work
Terre des Hommes Switzerland was born from a scission following divergences with the founder Edmond Kaiser in 1972. It comprises two sections, one in Geneva, the other in Basel. The objectives from Terre des Hommes Suisse (Geneva) are on the one hand the improvement of the living conditions of the populations disadvantaged in the countries of the South, more particularly those of the children and the women, through programs, carried out by local partners; on the other hand information in Switzerland, in particular near young people, on the causes of the North-South disparities.
UNICEF is a UN agency that promotes children’s rights, ensures their development and fights against all poverty, violence, disease and discrimination they may face. UNICEF supports the activities of Tdh in various fields, such as in the fight against child trafficking, juvenile justice, malnutrition, in psychosocial activities or in emergency operations.