It takes a village to empower a child. When you sponsor a child, you become part of our global Compassion village. It’s chock-full of remarkable humans all over the world who are advocating for the futures of children in extreme poverty through the local church.
Every person at a child development center has a role to play in a child’s life. There are pastors, tutors, accountants, coordinators, cooks, directors, social workers, health care workers, the list goes on and on … and we think you should get to know them a little.
Meet 11 members of our global village from four different church partners in Togo. They share from their hearts about what it’s like to care for the babies, children and teens in their communities who you are sponsoring.
“When I’m out in the community and the children see me and scream, ‘Coordinator, Coordinator,’ it makes very happy.
“My advice to other center coordinators is to remember that this is not a regular job. You are a minister of God and you should keep in mind that you are not just doing it for the children; you are doing it for the Lord. Even if there are challenges, you should keep that in mind.”
Bomboma Soguibe, Pastor
“You see those children there? There are pastors among them, great evangelists among them. So children’s ministry is very important and I do not joke about it because if we miss ministry to children, so we miss all the ministry.
“It’s my job to continue working the partnership [with Compassion] to make it better and do what I can to improve it. It’s not only the children that are supported by Compassion, but when children who are not part of the church are supported, they can bring their parents and others in the community to the church.”
Tutor (9-to 11-year olds)
“We first clean the center when we arrive on Saturday. Then we have devotions and breakfast. After breakfast, we go to our classrooms and start with the spiritual lesson and move on to the physical, cognitive and social-emotional teachings. Then we continue with letter writing and child protection. Next, we have lunch. After the lunch, we have some extracurriculum activities like shoe making and music. At 2 p.m. we’re free to go home.
“This week, we will learn about Adam and Eve, how to keep our bodies clean, how to improve our performance in writing, how to care for the security of ourselves and others, and how to encourage our sponsors.“
Aklombessi Koffi Hyacinthe, Pastor
“When we reach out to women, we reach out to the whole community.”
“Here in Togo, in villages, it’s hard for women and girls to go to school. They get married too young. I’d love for girls to spend more time getting their education. I’ve noticed that they only start, and don’t finish. But if they go to school, girls can be anything they want.
“I’d like to thank the sponsors. They don’t come here. But they ARE here. Without them, we couldn’t do that much here. And without us, their money could do nothing here. I really see that we are partners. We’re working together for the same master.”
These are just a few of the dedicated child advocates that work with us. We partner with nearly 200 local churches that serve more than 50,000 children in Togo. And their loving work is made possible by you!
Thank you for being a part of our global village and investing in the future of a child in Togo through sponsorship!