Welcome to AGERTO - WOEZONLOO
We enable young people to get off the streets
and give them a secure future in Togo.
We help to achieve success in life
and thereby reduce poverty
throught education & practice!
Diploma awarding 2017
On Tuesday, November 21st, it was time again: the seven graduates of AGERTO Kpalimé received their official diploma in the yearly celebration. After three years of apprenticeship, the six tailors and one bar bender are now ready for the world of work on their own.
Free checks for diabetes
Last saturday, AGERTO in Kpalimé gave the people of the region the opportunity to take free checks for diabetes. Many people in Togo do not know about the danger of diabetes nor if they have this diseas so many people still die to it. Thakns to AGERTO, 49 men and women now know about their own state and can take insulin and other medicin in the case of need. Our special thanks is to Action Medeor for the tests and to TogoHilfe e.V. for the payment of the toll.
After the medicaments of Action Medeor were sorted and granted, AGERTO opened its new infirmary in Kpalimé. Here, the apprentices can get a medical treatment and medicin for the basic diseas.
News of Notsé
The apprentices of Akpakpakpe finally redeemed the new built center from its gray and colorless being and painted it so it looks colorful and friendly.
AGERTO Notsé has now its own football team. Although it exists primary for the fun of the apprentices, it also conveys important values like cooperation, ambition and also motivation.
We have a new apprentice in Akpakpakpe. Claris Kotoe is 17 years old and starts now her way to be a tailor.
Menstruation cups for the apprentices
Products such as tampons are with European prices unaffordable, that is why many women use remnants from the trash. Starting today, they have another option: Dina Lindner collected 1040€ among her family and friends to buy 130 menstruation cups of the brand Me Luna for the apprentices and the teachers of AGERTO.
A big Thank You to Dina and her donators and also to Me Luna, who has given us a generous volume discount, for helping to improve the hygiene of our protégés.
Diploma awarding Akpakpakpe
On November 23rd, the celebration for the diploma took place in the centre of AGERTO in Akpakpakpe near Notsé. After passing the exam about one month ago, one tailor has now received her official diploma and was celebrated by her friends, teachers and the many visitors, amongst them the ambassador of Germany in Togo, Cristoph Sander, the prefector of Notsé and the delegate for Togo of the Board of Trade of Colonia.
After the ceremony, Mister Sander also opened the newly built accommodations with a kitchen and two showers and the mill for corn that was donated by Togo-Hilfe e.V., whose delegation under Michael Firmenich was also present and proud.
Diploma exam 2017
AGERTO hosted the annual diploma exam for the tailors in Kpalimé. Of the 99 examinees of AGERTO but also of the whole region acchieved 97 their official diploma and are now ready to open their own atelier.
Donation of medicine
The donation of medicine of Action Medeor reached us now in Kpalimé. On monday, we will start to unpack, sort and tally. With the donation reached us aswell a big bill. Therefore we are searching eager donatiors to help us.
Diploma awarding 2015
Tuesday 24. November after three years of formation and a successfully passed final exams in September this year the day had finally come for the 16 apprentices of AGERTO who will leave the centre to start their working life.
For the ceremony there were several officials invited, beneath them the German Ambassador in Togo and the prefect of Kloto. Before the diplomas could be distributed to the graduates a lot of speeches were given and music was played. After the diploma award special prices were given to the most successful apprentices.
The following day the whole team of AGERTO voyaged to the centre in Akpakpakpe to follow the local diploma awards.
On Thursday the row was completed with a ceremony at the centre in Sokodé (Kemini).
Construction of a Church
For the past six weeks the carpenter of AGERTO have been working on a construction site of a church in Kpalimé. The church that belongs to a pastor who is a friend of AGERTO was quite small so that there wasn’t enough space for everyone who wanted to attend the service. If you were late you had to stay outside next to the building and follow the service from out there. The church consisted of a concrete floor with concrete bordering and a low roof made of corrugated iron sheets.
The apprentices of AGERTO constructed another roof for the church for free without payment. This roof attaches to the former church and gives it three times as much the space than there was before.
Firstly the wooden framework was erected and was afterwards completed with the corrugated iron sheets. In the following the carpenters created the bordering and the concrete floor, which helps to keep the water out during heavy rainfalls, and protects the church from being washed away.
Togo-Hilfe e.V. has once again with a generous donation helped to realise several projects at AGERTO.
The collapsed roof of the building of the carpentry and the welders had to be restored For which there had to be taken a high loan. By donating 8.000€ Togo-Hilfe has taken most of the loan so we could continue working on more recent projects. They include the new software for accountancy SAARI which allows an even higher standard in transparency of our finances. Moreover a further donation of 1.000€ supported a air conditioning for the office of Messan, a gutter for the Internet café and the bathrooms as well as oil-based paint that helps protect the plaster from spalling.
With another donation at the amount of 2.000€ a part of the construction of the formation centre in Akpakpakpe was financed so that by now the foundation walls and the roof are already build.
A big „thank you“ goes to Togo-Hilfe and all donators who have made this possible!
The apprentices say THANK YOU!
Become a sponsor!
Most of the young adults who seeked refuge at AGERTO have spend their past life in difficult circumstances, on the streets, even in prison or are disabled. Here they receive a second chance.
Martin is an example fort his. He had lost one leg in a biking accident and had already given up on having possibilities in his life. With the support of a directed donation a leg prosthesis could be bought for him!
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The 20-year-old half-orphan Jacqueline Tchabletien Badjokine came from Pana near Dapaong in the north of Togo to us in Kpalimé to start her apprenticeship in the carpentry. Her father was taken by a severe disease when she was still very young. Her mother was left behind with Jacqueline, her two brothers and four sisters that she had to care for. Jacqueline started bravely her way to absolve an apprenticeship in a male-dominated working area. She has found shelter at AGERTO and is now looking for a sponsor who can help realise her dream of a real qualification. To finance her meals and the shelter there is a need of 15€ per month – please help!
15 year old orphan Simon Aledji came to us from Sokodé, in the north of Togo, to begin his apprenticeship to become a carpenter. His father died when he was very young, his mother he lost to a severe disease. Now, Simon, who went to school in Sokodé for 6 years, is in the south of the country for the first time. Alone and to himself, he found a place to stay here at AGERTO. Now, he is looking for a sponsor, who can help him to realize the dream of a real apprenticeship. He is in the need of only 18 USD (15 Euro) per month to finance meal and shelter-
Sponsor a tree
You would like to help? You would like to make a donation?
And you would like to do something beneficial for the environment at the same time?
Then you can fund a sapling for a tree on the grounds of AGERTO – this can be a mango or a papaya tree or an oil palm.