Training sponsorship in Togo

22.01.2018

Togo is a country in West Africa, between Ghana and Benin, at the Gulf of Guinea. The capital of is Lomé, which is directly loated at the Atlantic Ocean. Togo covers 57,000 square kilometres with a population of almost 8 million people.

From 1884 until 1916 the country was a German colony and was then transferred to France. Togo gained its independence from France in 1960. Since then the country has been led autocratically. After the death of the long-period president Gnassingbé Eyadéma , his son Faure Gnassingbé took over the political power unconstitutionally in 2005. The responses to this election were political riots and many people fled from the autocratic regime.

Economically speaking, the country is mainly influenced by its agriculture and the tropical climate favours the growth of basic food, such as Yams, Maniok, Mais, Millet, Sorghum and Peanuts. In addition to this, the country exports Calcium phosphate, Cotton, Coffee, Tea and Cocoa.

Kpalimé is the third largest city in Togo, where the German Organisation AGERTO is located at. AGERTO strives to help adolescents to get an education. Due to poverty, a lot of young men leave the country in order to find work in Europe or North America. This leads to the fact that 42% of the population is aged under 15.

AGERTO offers different traineeships and has training centres in 3 other cities of the country. The headquarters are in Kpalimé where 38 adolescents are trained free of charge.

In December 2017, Naturkost Übelhör has decided to support a young woman in her training to become a tailor. Adjinon Awudja is 18 years old and comes from Notsé, a town east of Kpalimé further inland. With our commitment she has a daily lunch and can therewith focus on her training as well as on her fragile health.

Adjinon is very pleased that Naturkost Übelhör supports her and we hope that she can lead an independent life after completion of the training. We wish her all the best and a successful training!