Togo is one of the world’s poorest nations, and it’s those in rural villages who find it hardest to escape poverty. We are shipping to partners in Togo who care deeply about their nation and its people, and want to see development in the fight against poverty
start at the grassroots. It is an uphill battle in some areas that are particularly lacking in resources and access to knowledge. “Many villages do not have any health centre in the area,” they said. “Rural residents have to travel tens of kilometres to get to the city before treatment.”

They run projects in rural areas such as job creation for youth, advocacy and education on human rights, including violence against children and women’s rights, HIV/Aids education and supporting health and school centres with resources. They estimate that their advocacy programmes alone reach many tens of thousands of people in their region of Togo.

We are preparing a shipment with goods like computers for youth training, furniture, sports equipment, bicycles, electrical goods and fabric and sewing supplies for use in job creation projects.

Ester is the president of a women’s society in her town in southern Togo. While she knows that there’s a long way to go in the fight for equality and progress, Ester was hugely encouraged when a group from Crossroads’ partners visited her town. They spent time explaining Togo’s recent anti-corruption laws, and how good, transparent governance from village level to national level can help everyone. “We live in the countryside, we didn’t know about these laws. It wakes us up; we are now enlightened about all these things.”

In areas less connected to the outside world, it’s field visits like these that help our partners advocate on issues such as children’s rights and women’s empowerment, gathering the community together for workshops, sharing life-changing knowledge. Goods from this shipment will help administer programmes in towns like Ester’s.

Our partners plan to open a new centre in the coming 5 years that will allow them to expand and develop exciting projects like micro-financing and better, consolidated health services. Goods from this shipment will strengthen their services and help them plan towards expansion.

Community meetings, training seminars and workshops are an important part of our partners’ work sharing information about all kinds of development issues. For those in rural and remote areas, this is a particularly valuable service.


Sponsor a container: We need HK$ 50,000 to send any of our waiting shipments on their way. Email us for a list of projects needing funds: partnerships@crossroads.org.hk

Give goods: We can help your company or group find projects that need your quality superseded goods. Email partnerships@crossroads.org.hk

Volunteer: We need regular volunteers in a huge variety of roles across the work, from manual labor to administration and specific skilled roles. Email volunteer@crossroads.org.hk

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Ghana Snapshot

Population: 7.8 million
Capital: Bujumbura
Official language: French. Other languages include Ewe, Mina, Kabye and Dagomba
Major exports: Cocoa beans, coffee and peanuts

Togo is an agricultural country in West Africa experiencing stability and economic growth, but poverty levels are still high (more than 50%), particularly in rural areas.

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