AFRICA/TOGO - The diocese of Sokodé beneficiary of the government's program to combat poverty

Friday, 31 July 2020 solidarity   caritas   poverty   farmers  


Kolowaré (Agenzia Fides) - As part of the youth employment promotion policy and access to the infrastructure of the most vulnerable, the Togolese government has launched numerous programs. Among these is the Program of support for vulnerable populations (PAPV), which has, among the beneficiaries of the support, the Church of Togo and in particular the diocese of Sokodé in its mission of preferential option for the poor.
Through the Organization de la Charité pour un Développement Intégral (OCDI, the Caritas of Sokodé) the diocese has received basic infrastructures intended for young people in precarious conditions. "The government-run project refers to the diocesan Caritas networks and Sokodé with the OCDI for its implementation", explains Father Silvano Galli, priest of the Society for African Missions, to Agenzia Fides.
The goal of Caritas Sokodé is to invest, through funded projects, in order to improve the living conditions of people and families who have returned to the diocese of Sokodé: various actions are aimed at entrepreneurship and the promotion of agricultural works and services in the prefecture of Tchaoudjo; others aim at access to drinking water and to provide health facilities to the five prefectures of the diocese of Sokodé; finally there is the support for beekeeping in the areas where cashews are grown in the prefectures of Tchaoudjo and Tchamba.
"To put these projects into practice, - emphasizes the SMA missionary - on Friday 24 July 2020 Caritas Sokodé delivered kits for beekeeping and motorcycles. The ceremony was presided over by the Bishop of the diocese, Msgr. Célestin-Marie Gaoua, who blessed the material, assisted by the OCDI secretary general Father Jean Piontek, in the presence of government representatives, traditional leaders, parish priests whose faithful are beneficiaries of the project".
"Ours are concrete and effective gestures to enhance the Earth that is the Mother of all, protect it, make it bear fruit with respect, attention, care, vigilance", said Fr. Piontek, introducing the works and linking the project in line with the encyclical Laudato Sì, of which the fifth anniversary occurs.
"The project has just started, and will continue with the delivery of other material and with further support to farmers", concluded confidently Fr. Galli. (SG/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 31/7/2020)