TOGO MISSIONARY RESPONSES
Education / Formation of Youth
The mission projects in Togo has helped the poor young people in their education in four of our communities: Helota, Atakpame, Lome and Ouake (Benin). About 40 students from different villages were helped to pay for their tuition and other fees, school supplies and other needs such as transportation expenses. It also helped to pay for expenses of the schools like water and electricity bill among others.
HIV/AIDS Conscientization and Care for those Affected
The five communities in the Region of Togo continue to respond to the call to serve the people living with HIV and AIDS providing medical aid and laboratory test, distribution of food and nutritional care, consciousness raising programs, educational assistance and others. More than 600 people are receiving some kind of help.
Support for Kindergarten
In the kindergarten school in Helota, Lome and Bassar, sisters continue to respond in the best way to the invitation to provide good basic education. As the parents cannot really pay for all the school and other fees, the mission project helps to pay the salary of the personnel, pay the water and electric bill, give school supplies and other educational materials to the children and buy the food that is cooked for children. About 170 pupils have been benefited.
Literacy Program for Adults
The sisters in Ouake is responding to the needs of the people specially the women to learn how to read, write and learn the basics of mathematics and also how to speak French. Classes were conducted every late afternoon until 8:00 in the evening Monday to Friday and were being held in the sisters’ convent. Last year, through the help of Manos Unidas a building for the Literacy Program was constructed. For the school year 2015-2016 there were 29 students.
Support for Orphanage
This year, the community in Atakpame extended their help to the 2 orphanages run by sisters from different congregation. The total number of children helped is 123. Once again, the funds we received were used to subsidize the medical (laboratory tests and medicines) and nutritional needs like milk of the children.
Catechetical / Pastoral Work
The sisters in the different communities are involved in the Pastoral Work in the local parishes and basic christian communities in villages, in line with the programs in the diocesan level. Some of the areas that they are attending is: catechesis for many groups, group vocational, prison apostolate, Legion of Mary, Action Catholique for Families, Missionary Childhood, Communion to the sick, home visitation and others.
The community SSpS in Helota continue giving Professional Training to help the young girls who come to stay and study dress-making in their Hostel (Foyer Mere Josepha). Aside from the different subjects they take like learning French, hygiene, basic math, etc., the sisters continue to provide human and Christian formation. Majority of the young girls come from far villages and poor families. They cannot really pay so were given them their basic necessities, school supplies and food. This year was introduced classes in weaving of the traditional cloth.
Women Promotion: Micro-Finance, Income Generating Projects
The sisters of Ouaké with financial projects are helping two groups of women coming from 2 villages with capital for micro-finance in a total of 25 women. The Blessed Josepha Social Center, in Lomé have 5 persons for their income generating projects including formation on batik making, selling of charcoal, oil, making of liquid soap, etc. In Atakpame 12 women have benefited by the funds to start their income generating projects.