More than half of Togo’s population lives in extreme poverty. Those in work are not immune to insecurity with 89 per cent in vulnerable employment and almost three quarters taking home less than $2 a day.

Youth in Togo
Young people in Togo should be part of a new era, since President Gnassingbe Eyadema died in 2005 after 38 years of dictatorial rule. But the organisations who should be leading the country out of poverty – including the National Youth Council of Togo – remain mired in poor governance.

Young people have little say in addressing this and are often discriminated against. Togo’s justice system is currently failing young people with many accused of nonviolent, petty offences, but locked up for long periods in inhumane conditions.

Our work in Togo
Y Care International has worked with the National Council of YMCAs of Togo since 1989, campaigning for improvements to the youth justice system.

We also support work to prevent young people from slums and other settings coming into conflict with the law by creating opportunities for them to gain employment or set up businesses.

By providing health information and influencing services to respond to the needs of hard-to-reach young people, we ensure they have better health and are more able to contribute positively to their communities.

Volunteer helps create TV advert on domestic violence against men

Togo, UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

Y Care International volunteer wins ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award

Togo, UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

Young people across Africa take action to make slums safer

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

Young people in slums are accessing clean water and sanitation, receiving training to find jobs and learning skills to have a greater voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Health and wellbeing

Slum evictions In Togo: how young people are speaking out

Togo

Young people and their families in the Gbenyedzi are being supported by their local YMCA to speak out against slum evictions. Photo: Rehana Merali/YCI

Health and wellbeing

ICS volunteer nominated for YMCA Youth Matters Award

Togo, UK & Ireland

Online voting is now open at www.ymca.org.uk. You have until midnight on Friday 14 August to vote for your finalist. Photo: YMCA England

Youth Justice, International Citizen Service

International Citizen Service volunteer speaks to BBC Radio

Togo, UK & Ireland

ICS Volunteer Emily Keal (pictured right) chatted BBC Radio York presenter Jonathan Cowap before she leave to volunteer for Togo YMCA. Photo: Jonathan Cowap/Twitter

International Citizen Service

Iqbal Wahhab OBE joins YCl as its first ambassador

Togo, UK & Ireland

Iqbal Wahhab (pictured right) will advise on development and business, and support us to increase our impact in changing the lives of young people. photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Roast Foundation invests in young entrepreneurs in Togo

Togo

Young entrepreneurs will receive training and support to enhance their business skills, and encouraged to mentor young people in their communities. Photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Enterprise & Employability

Special report by Iqbal Wahhab: Hope out of Africa

Togo

Katanga resident Jeanette explains the difficulties of making a living from the fish trade to UK businessman Iqbal Wahhab and Terry Waite. Photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Youth Justice

Prison reform promised in Togo

Togo

A detainee presents a gift to the minister of justice: a portrait of the minister painted by the detainees of Lomé prison. Photo: Togo YMCA

Youth Justice

Togo YMCA continue to defend the rights of young detainees

Togo

Y Care International and Togo YMCA officially launch project that will provide young detainees access to legal support and the chance to learn about their human rights. Photo: Togo YMCA

Youth Justice

Togo trip diary: removing barriers to healthcare Part 2

Togo

Young hairdressing apprentices who have been supported by Togo YMCA to learn about neglected health issues in their communities. Photo: Togo YMCA

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice

Togo trip diary: removing barriers to healthcare Part 1

Togo

Me with the the peer health educators who trained at Togo YMCA. With their help thousands of young people have a better understanding of their health choices. Photo: Togo YMCA

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice

Change our world by volunteering overseas

Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, UK & Ireland

In Sierra Leone, we support the YMCA transform the lives of young people from slum communities. You can apply to volunteer for a project like this today. Photo: Nile Sprague

International Citizen Service

‘Images of Hope’ exhibition at Roast Restaurant

Liberia, Togo

Akin, 10, Cambodia: I was abducted by child traffickers… but they let me go. Now I can be safe at the YMCA, I’ve learnt how to read and I eat a hot meal every day. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Detainees hold concert to promote prisoners health rights

Togo

Coco De Kofi, a peer educator for Togo YMCA campaigns with Act2Live to transform health services. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice

Triathlon fundraiser inspired by trip to Sierra Leone slums

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

Health promotion by young people helps to ensure that cholera prevention kits are easily available at the Y Care International supported community centre in Dwarzack, Freetown.

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Iqbal Wahhab: Inside Togo’s prisons

Togo

Iqbal Wahhab discussing prison conditions with Legal Club members. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Youth Justice

Togo’s next generation provide hope for slum communities

Togo

UK entrepreneur Iqbal Wahhab finds frustration and inspiration on his recent visit to Togo with Y Care International. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Notes from the field: Terry Waite in Togo

Togo

Youth Justice

Touring Togo to support YMCA’s pursuit for justice

Togo

Y Care International president and founder, Terry Waite CBE, being greeted by the locals in Katanga, Togo. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch/YCI

Youth Justice

Justice in Togo: Seeing how Legal Clubs give prisoners hope

Togo

Y Care International CEO, Adam Leach, speaks to 26 year-old hairdresser Charlotte, and makes notes of her inspiring story.

Youth Justice

Notes from the field: Fighting for justice behind bars

Togo

Sokode prison, Togo

Youth Justice

Enabling young entrepreneurs in Lomé, Togo

Togo

Enabling young entrepreneurs in Lome, Togo.

Youth Justice

Togo mini-Olympics promotes neglected health issues

Togo

Health and wellbeing

Peer to peer health project launches for 30,000 young people

Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Health and wellbeing

Togo Solidarity Day

Togo

Youth Justice

Young people vote to fund Togo project

Togo, UK & Ireland

Youth Justice

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