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Sougdgbene

  • Country: Togo
  • D.O.B: March 1, 2016
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Girl
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Shamsi

  • Country: Tanzania
  • D.O.B: April 17, 2014
  • Age: 6

  • Gender: Boy
407
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Jefferson

  • Country: El Salvador
  • D.O.B: December 12, 2006
  • Age: 14

  • Gender: Boy
360
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Maiza

  • Country: Brazil
  • D.O.B: August 17, 2012
  • Age: 8

  • Gender: Girl
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Meet Sougdgbene
Sougdgbene is 4 years old and lives in Togo.
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Country: Togo
Birthday: March 1, 2016 (4 years old)
Gender: Girl

Sougdgbene lives with her mother and father. Sougdgbene's mother is sometimes employed. Her occupation is: Tailor / Seamstress. Sougdgbene's father is sometimes employed. His occupation is: Mason / Bricklayer. Sougdgbene has siblings living in the household. Sougdgbene helps with the following duties at home: No Household Duties - Too Young.Sougdgbene's favourite activities and interests include: Dancing, Jumping, Running.Activities that Sougdgbene enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. Sougdgbene attends school. She is in the equivalent of grade 1. Her performance in school is average.Sougdgbene's family lives in the area of Moba in Togo.

Sougdgbene's Country Details

Togo is a country small country located in Western Africa. Despite its size, it includes several distinct geographic regions: gently rolling savanna in north; hills in the central part of the country; southern plateau; and low coastal plain with many lagoons and marshes. The climate is as diverse as the geography: tropical in the south to semi-arid in the north. The people of Togo are made up of 37 different African tribes, the most prevalent being Ewe, Mina, and Kabre. French is the official language, along with four regional African languages. More than half of the population practices a religion made up of indigenous beliefs, while the remaining are split between Christianity and Islam. Togo's economy is based mostly on commercial and subsistence agriculture, with cotton being the most important cash crop. Cocoa and coffee are exported as well. Togo is also the world's fourth-largest producer of phosphate. Economic instability has lead to 32% of the population in Togo living below the poverty line. French Togoland became Togo in 1960. Beginning in 1967, Togo was ruled by a military general whose Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) party has maintained power almost continually since that time. The RPT still maintains a majority of seats in today's legislature. Upon the president's death in 2005, the military installed his son and then engineered his formal election two months later, beginning Togo's transition to a democracy and leading to its first legitimate elections in October 2007. While Togo has a long history of political unrest and has been accused numerous times of human rights violations, recently it has achieved some political stability and recognition in the international community.

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Compassion’s ministry is focused on what we call holistic child development. This means developing children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships—while giving them the opportunity to hear about and experience the love of Jesus from caring local church staff and volunteers.

How does sponsorship help kids?

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Formal and non-formal educational opportunitiesCompassion assists children with their primary school education and gives opportunities to attend secondary school, as well as providing vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.
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Health care, hygiene training and supplementary foodKids get a healthy snack or meal when they attend program activities, receive regular health check-ups, and learn how to take care of their bodies and form healthy relationships.
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The love and support of a local church and the opportunity to hear about Jesus Because Compassion partners with local churches, children are connected to a local Christian community where they have the opportunity to hear the gospel from caring church staff and volunteers.
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Personal attention, guidance and loveChildren are cared for and invested in by members of their own communities, who encourage them to discover their unique gifts, passions and abilities. Their sponsors also play an important role in this through their prayers and letters.

How is sponsorship impacted during the COVID-19 crisis?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are empowering the local church to use your sponsorship donations to meet urgent and critical needs of families with children/youth registered in the program.

Funds previously used at the child development centres can now be directed as needed to children and their families for necessities like food, clean water, shelter, clothing, household items, and even medical care and trauma counselling. You can learn more about the impact of the pandemic on our program and how our staff are responding to the crisis with great faith and creativity here.

Is sponsorship still relevant during the COVID-19 crisis?

It is! In fact, sponsorship during COVID-19 is needed now more than ever as it enables us to meet the very real and urgent needs of children and their families.

Sponsorship empowers the church to serve the children we love, ensuring they have the hygiene, medication and health supplies they need to make it through the pandemic. It ensures sponsored children have the food and housing security they need as their country deals with the ongoing impact of COVID-19. And it also enables our local partners to share encouragement from the Bible, tutor and deliver programming and deliver trauma counselling in these unprecedented times.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they know the names and faces of the children in their community and can best understand and respond to their challenges. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need with compassion and through the love of God.

We equip our local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve. In this way the physical, spiritual, emotional and relational needs for children are met as they are empowered to overcome poverty in all its forms.

Do kids need to be Christian to be in Compassion’s program?

Absolutely not! We encourage children and families of all faiths and backgrounds to register in our programs and would never require or coerce anyone to convert to Christianity.

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At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 84.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 15.3 per cent for support services.

Today, children around the world are discovering that poverty doesn’t have to be their future. Help one more do the same by sponsoring with Compassion!