“Education is about more than acquiring knowledge. It empowers people to achieve their potential and opens up new perspectives for their futures. This is precisely the aim of the E&V primary school project in Togo,” said Ina Schlüter, Executive Director of Engel & Völkers Charity e.V. Nicole Abra Kebovi and Jean Komi Agounyo – two pupils at the “École privée Engel & Völkers” are a prime example of how this vision is becoming a reality.
Both children have been a part of the project since the outset. They are ten years old and began their education at the kindergarten that forms part of the E&V primary school. They are now in the fifth grade. They are hardworking and well behaved. Nicole has even been one of the best three pupils in the whole of her year since the first grade. When she grows up she wants to work in banking. Jean has even greater ambitions. He explains in all seriousness that he intends to become a minister or the president. If that doesn’t work out though, he can also imagine himself as a carpenter.
Nicole and Jean are looking optimistically to the future. Even though they both started out life in difficult circumstances. A sad state of affairs brought Jean to the primary school. A bush fire had destroyed his family’s home. A delegation from an aid organisation paid them a visit and then told Jean’s parents about the E&V primary school. Jean has to walk two kilometres every morning and evening, to go to school and back home again. At the weekend he helps his parents work the land and supports them with the housework. Despite the fact that he has succumbed to malaria on several occasions, he is a life-loving boy who enjoys going to school. Nicole lives directly in Agbetiko and is, unlike Jean, an orphan. She has been brought up by her grandmother together with her two younger siblings. An auntie now takes care of all of them since their grandmother has now become so old. Nicole helps to look after her grandmother and her siblings.
You would like to help? Then become a sponsor.
Sponsors of children at the Engel & Völkers primary school in Togo are being sought all the time. For 25 euros a month, a sponsor can cover the costs of schooling, uniform, all teaching materials and two meals a day for the sponsored child. Towards the end of the school year, all sponsors receive current photos and a report about the child they are sponsoring, enabling them to follow their progress at school and personal development.
This sponsorship can be taken up at any time, and can also be arranged over a limited period.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child or have any questions please contact: Ina.Schlueter@engelvoelkers.com