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.