A huge thank you to all those who supported our Different Path Appeal. Whether you gave, prayed or shared, we’re so grateful for you! Together we’ve raised an incredible ÂŁ2.2 million, including match funding from the UK government.
Thanks to your generosity, our local church partners in Togo are providing vulnerable mums with medical support, health screenings, hygiene supplies, nutritional supplements and education. Together, we’re protecting women during pregnancy and ensuring their babies have a healthy start in life.
Our brothers and sisters in Togo have been incredibly moved by the response to the appeal. Compassion National Director, Antonin Azoti, shares:
â€śThe support you have brought to us is more than money. Youâ€™ve given us a message of hope that meets the deep needs of people. Youâ€™re giving pregnant women and mothers hope that their babies will survive. For all this, you have our heartfelt gratitude. God bless you.â€ť
God answered my prayers when two women came to my house and talked about a [Child] Survival project at church. I then realised that God answered my cry. When the twins are sick, the project supports me so I can bring them to the hospital."
God answered my prayers when two women came to my house and talked about a [Child] Survival project at church. I then realised that God answered my cry. When the twins are sick, the project supports me so I can bring them to the hospital.
Words cannot express our gratitude for your support to the mums and babies in Togo. Through your support, mothers and babies will receive appropriate care, attention and concern, educational skills and be able to run their businesses to take care of their families.
Thank you for your support, thank you for your donation, thank you for supporting us in this journey!
To prevent women and babies dying needlessly, we have to reach them early â€“ before babies have even been born â€“ and support women with essential antenatal check-ups and support at birth. The Different Path Appeal is allowing us to transform the lives of even more families in Togo, ensuring their health and well-being. A huge thank you to everyone who joined with us to change lives in Togo.Â
CEO Compassion UK and Ireland
Compassion is doing a great job by getting women and children out of poverty and giving them a smile. I want to invite and encourage new supporters to come onboard to support this great programme.
Head of Child Survival, Togo
If you’ve ever carried a baby, or if you know anyone who has, you’ll know how vital the right health care is. To think that so many women have to make a four mile journey on foot just to make sure that things are ok, receive vital treatments or even give birth safely is unthinkable. Knowing people who have tragically lost babies or experienced complications during pregnancy, it’s devastating to hear that so many mothers are facing these situations without help or potentially life-saving intervention. It’s so exciting that we’re standing in the gap for these mothers and babies to make the difference.
Compassion Ambassador and singer-songwriter
Some of the questions you may have about A Different Path appeal and Aid Match.
Compassionâ€™s Child Survival project supports women during their pregnancy and helps vulnerable babies get a healthy start in life. Trained community workers, based in the local church will work closely with mothers and caregivers to help them access life-saving support. This includes; health screenings, hygiene supplies, nutritional supplements, medical advice and education.
Community workers also visit families at home and lead group activities at their local church where caregivers learn how to prepare nutritious food, monitor their childrenâ€™s health and development, create a stable home-life and develop skills that will help them generate an income. This focused, personalised support helps families to be independent and build stable, healthy, hopeful futures for their children.
The Compassion Child Survival project in Togo has been developed to improve survival rates for women and babies during pregnancy and childbirth and helps these vulnerable babies to have the healthiest possible start in life.
Globally, annual infant deaths have declined from 8.8 million in 1990 to 4.1 million in 2017, but progress remains slow in many countries, especially those in Africa. One country struggling to keep pace is Togo.
In the West African nation, 1 in 20 babies will die before their first birthday, compared to 1 in 250 in the UK. Without urgent intervention, Togo is set to miss meeting the target for Sustainable Development Goal 3, which aims to reduce maternal deaths and end preventable deaths of newborns and children under-five by 2030.
Individuals thrive in supportive communities. By working through the local church we can help to connect vulnerable women with a broader network of support where they can develop their self-esteem, learn to build stable relationships and make good choices for themselves and their children. By working with local churches on the ground, that are often at the heart of their communities, we can ensure our projects are tailored to the local context.
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