Village of Joy

Country: Togo
Location: Atakpamé - south-central region of the state about 150 km north of the capital Lomé
Beneficiaries: children, aged from 3 months to 12 years, who have lost both parents

Nature of the project

Fight against Malnutrition

The Project

It is the autumn of 2009 when the project "Village of Joy" begins to come to life. The requests for help to find a home for orphaned children, who lost one or both parents, addressed to the Association “pour le bien etre de l'enfant”, are continuously rising. It has been decided to create a small village where orphaned children are welcomed and raised. Currently, the houses are three and are home to forty children. The center is recognized by the state and works with the state's social services. The assistance is provided by 13 "mothers" who take turns day and night in the home to care for the children, together with personal, educational, health and administrative staff.
The nutritional needs of children vary depending on their age. Up to 4 months from only milk which then alternates with baby food made of corn, rice, soy, millet and peanuts until about 8/9 months. For all, the base plate is the corn polenta, but proper nutrition requires a complete weekly nutritional program.
Ensuring a supply of food and micronutrients with balanced meals to children is the main focus for the fight against malnutrition. A malnourished child is a child who has not received the right amount of micronutrients in the 1000 days between conception and the second year of life and is, therefore, at risk of motory delays and cognitive development. Serious harm the child and the community where the child lives.

The Context

Togo is a small West African country and has an area of 56,600 km ² with a population of about 5 million inhabitants. It was a colony of Germany, but after World War I, the territory came under the protection of France until its independence in April 1960. The only raw material exported by the country is phosphate. Togo, however, depends on foreign countries with regard to energy resources (oil, gas, electricity etc...) and also for certain products of subsistence. 46, 8% of the population is illiterate. The causes are dropping out of school, lack of schools and lack of means to study. The country has one university located in the capital Lome, where too many students are not allowed to be entitled of scholarships, thus preventing many from obtaining a degree. Much of the population lives by agriculture, fisheries and livestock. Because the poverty of land and the lack of water in some regions of the country, the farmers who can only work the fields from April until September, but their harvest are barely enough for three or four months of consumption. In addition, the issue of health is a major impediment to the development of the country. Malaria, AIDS and other tropical diseases take the lives of many children and young people who have no means to heal. In fact, in some towns and villages there are no hospitals and medicines. The government also does not provide social insurance or pensions to help the poor to pay for medicines. In 1990 the country was hit by a severe political and economic crisis, still present, which dragged it into total misery.

Help us 

To support the children of the Village of Joy