Togo

Association des Jeunes pour un Développement

AJDD aim to contribute to sustainable human development. Their focus is on fighting poverty and homelessness and promoting gender equality, active citizenship, peaceful coexistence, environmental protection, and education. They organise different cultural, sporting, and educational activities that promote friendship among children, youth, and adults, help integrate homeless people, refugees, and ethnic minorities, and promote human rights, democracy, and peace. They’re one of the Homeless World Cup’s newest National Partners.

Participants

Vulnerable children and youth, homeless, unemployed, and socially marginalised people, ethnic minorities, and refugees

Locations

Sokode

Homelessness Statistics

32%
Of the population live in poverty
7.5 Million
People lack access to adequate housing

Togo, one of the poorest countries in the world, is the 166th out of 178 countries according to the Human Development Index (UNDP, 2014). People in rural areas have no access to portable water and to sanitation facilities, which increases the danger of infectious diseases (SOS Children’s Villages). Many poor people sell or rent their own houses as the only source of income, and therefore move to live in the slums or in the streets.

More than 32% of Togo’s population live in poverty (SOS Children’s Villages). According to AJDD, about 100,000 people are homeless in Togo, half of them residing in Lome solely. The regular floods in the region result in tens of thousands people displaced and vulnerable to homelessness every year (UFC Togo, 1999).