Get to Know an SOS Village in Dapaong, Togo
Get to Know an SOS Village in Dapaong, Togo – July 23 2018

Get to Know an SOS Village in Dapaong, Togo

Meet some of the 120 smiling faces you provide a loving family for at an SOS Village in the small West African country, Togo.

SOS Children’s Villages has been working in Togo since the 1970s and in Dapaong since 2007. Dapaong is a small windblown town on the far northwest border near Ghana and Burkina Faso. It is one of the poorest parts of the country with more than 65% of the population living below the poverty line. There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which leaves many children orphaned or forced to drop out of school to help earn money for their family.

The SOS Village in Dapaong is home to 120 orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children and young adults. Inside the village, each child is raised in a close-knit family headed by a devoted SOS Mother. There is also an SOS Kindergarten and an SOS Primary School, where more than 260 children from the village and the surrounding community receive a quality education.

A girl growing up at the SOS Village in Dapaong, Togo, plays on the playground with her friends.
An SOS Mother helps a boy in her care with his homework in Dapaong, Togo. SOS Mothers dedicate their lives to raising each child with individual care and attention.
Children gather for family dinner at the SOS Village in Dapaong, Togo which is home to 120 children.
A boy stops to smile at the SOS Village in Dapaong, Togo, one of three SOS Villages in the country.
Two girls cuddle with their SOS Mother, who gives all of the children in her care love, support and guidance.

The SOS Village in Dapaong, Togo also works closely with vulnerable families in the neighborhood, aiming to support them so that they can stay together. SOS Family-Strengthening Programs in the area provide counseling, workshops on parenting skills and income generating activities. SOS Children’s Villages provides access to essential health and nutritional services for the wider community at the SOS Medical Center where more than 12,000 patients per year receive treatment.

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