Togo : ANGE instills a new development dynamic

After the launch of the first workshop camp in Tchekpo Dédékpoe in 2017, which brought together more than 250 children including those from the village, ANGE decided to strengthen its development vision and to make the grassroots communities benefit from its actions. As a result, supported by the Village Development Committee (VDC) and the Tchekpo Primary School Parents' Association, ANGE has put in place an action plan for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals which is mainly deployed around education, health, environment and youth. From the construction of a health center in Djigbé-Atchonkopé, to the renovation of the public library in the canton, to the construction of school infrastructures, ANGE has carried out a wide range of actions in the field for the benefit of rural populations.

 Inauguration of the health center in 2016 in the presence of partners

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As access to quality health care is essential for human well-being, ANGE has laid the foundations for the construction of the Tchékpo Djigbé health hut called "Saint Grégoire". This project has been completed and is operational since 2016 with the financial support of the Daniel and Martine Raze Foundation. Each year, more than 300 people benefit from primary health care at the health center, including children and women. Since January 2021, the health center has evolved into a level 1 Peripheral Care Unit. 

In the field of education, ANGE has contributed to the improvement of the working conditions of some schools in the locality. In particular, the public elementary school (EPP) N°3 of Tchékpo Dédékpoe has benefited from this support. Created in 1973, the school faces several difficulties, including the lack of infrastructure and equipment to provide quality education to children. With the financial support of the CAJJED foundation in France, three classrooms, an administrative building and sanitary facilities were built to strengthen the school's capacities. It should be noted that more than 100 destitute children are supported through the provision of school supplies and kits.


ANGE and its partner CAJJED, anxious to add value to education in the canton of Tchékpo, renovated the public library last year (2020). Since its reopening, the library attracts every week about thirty children who rediscover the importance of reading. The activities offered are multiple: shows, outdoor games, book club, educational talks ... The library has a real impact on the academic development of the children who use it. The library has a real impact on the academic development of the children who use it, which is reflected in the improvement of their level of French at school. Still in the field of education, the team intervenes in the high school and college of Tchekpo not only to support the teachers in the transmission of knowledge but also for the animation of cultural clubs and the organization of educational talk sessions. 


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In addition to health and education, the environment and rural economy are key areas. In collaboration with the association JAC (Jeunes acteurs pour le changement), Eco jogging sessions are organized every first Saturday of the month with the local youth in order to collect plastic waste while doing sports. They also carry out reforestation in schools and public spaces with the technical support of the Sichem group (donation of plants for reforestation).

ANGE also participates in the training of young people in the production of artemisia, a plant that is effective in the treatment of malaria. These young people are then supported for production and sale throughout the Yoto prefecture. Capacity building sessions for agricultural groups or cooperatives in developing bankable projects are also regularly organized.

In short, since its establishment in Tchekpo, the NGO ANGE has never stopped promoting development project incubators to support these rural populations in a sustainable development logic. By breathing new life into these projects, the vision is to contribute to building a standing Africa with men and women, including those from rural areas, who will be the actors of their own change.