Please support Y Care this Christmas

In countries around the world like Togo the injustice of poverty means that many young people end up on the wrong side of the law.

Many young people are orphaned or have left a broken home and often find themselves totally alone. Having never been to school, many are unable to read or write so find it very difficult to find work.

It’s all too easy for them to fall into the trap of petty crime, simply as a way to survive, and as a result get into trouble with the law. The punishments they face rarely fit the crime.

The prisons are often overcrowded and inhumane and children are locked away with adults and without support many face a precarious future.

But things can be different and your support this Christmas will allow us to reach even more young people who need our support and give them the opportunity to create their own future free from poverty.

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A broken system

Judges in Togo can handle over 300 cases at any one time and cases can be abruptly and frequently postponed, with crucial evidence often being lost. Police corruption is well documented with many prisoners speaking of being beaten or humiliated.

As they are often unable to read, they commonly sign statements with no idea what they are ‘confessing’ to.

You can imagine my trepidation when I visited some of the prisons myself. When the gate swung open in Lomé men’s prison, four hundred pairs of eyes met mine in a courtyard built for 152.

There was simply no room to move. Many detainees are sick and the overcrowding and limited access to healthcare means no-one ever gets better. In the women’s prison there was barely room to put one foot in front of the other.

I met mothers caring for babies and toddlers in appalling conditions. This is no place for children. No place for anyone. I was glad to leave. And sorry for all who have to stay.

Harriette – Y Care International

KEEP GRACE’S TRAINEES ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW

Thanks to your support, the team at YMCA Togo has helped the most vulnerable people – many of them orphaned – to learn a skill that will get them into business, out of poverty and avoid getting in trouble with the law.

Grace left her village to make her own way in life but soon found herself alone and destitute in the slums of Lomé.

Thanks to YMCA Togo she learnt how to be a hairdresser and save money. After finishing her training four years ago, she managed to put enough aside to open her own salon last year. Now she’s supporting herself and training nine other young women and supporting them with the challenges they face.

“YMCA TOGO GAVE ME JOY THAT MY LIFE HAS CHANGED. NOW I WANT TO HELP CHANGE THE LIVES OF OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE. I WANT THEM TO HAVE THEIR OWN BUSINESSES LATER.” Grace, aged 27, Lomé, Togo

 

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Together we can make a lasting difference to 1000’s of young people around the world – lets make this a Christmas of hope for all.

 

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