At first, we had limited funding. We started by launching our sponsorship program, hoping that we could one day create our shelter—our sanctuary.
The Friendly Haven started with a 2008 program sponsoring around fifty orphans in Togo. Today, we support 332 orphans. It’s an increase in quantity that we’ve paired with an increase in quality.
// Children living on the streets. Orphans. Young victims of violence and HIV/AIDS. Their situation is more than distressing, and our priority to help them. To achieve this goal, one of the most important ways we work is through sponsorships.
// Sponsoring Orphan Children
Our part was rather than just paying for food and school fees to support these women and children, why not take steps to make them independent? Don’t give them a fish; teach them to fish instead!
// From the very beginning in 2008, the goal of our activities in Togo was to create a shelter to house the particularly numerous orphans and street children living in Atakpamé. This goal has now been achieved.
// Orphanage and Shelter
// Supporting the Income-Generating Activities (IGA) of Widows
// Starting in 2009, we launched a program to support the Revenue-Generating Activities of widows who are raising families.
Our goal has always been to proliferate the values of peace and non-violence everywhere we go, particularly among women and young people. This commitment was only reinforced by the events that took place in 2005.
This is because sexual abuse is used as a wartime weapon in the civil war that is ravaging the North and South Kivu regions in the east of the country. For over five years, massive abuse has continued to take place, both against adults and children.
// Most of our sexual abuse prevention activities take place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
// Supporting Sexual Abuse Victims
// In Togo and in D.R. Congo.
// Promoting Peace and Non-Violence
Togo is where the Friendly Haven began its work thanks to its close ties with the charitable organization C.R.A.C. (Cercle de Réflexion et d’Action pour la Cohésion), a trusted partner in the field.