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Christmas wishes from Togo

Children from our Family Strengthening Programmes in Togo told us what they hoped Santa would bring them this year
Children from our Family Strengthening Programmes in Togo told us what they hoped Santa would bring them this year

It’s that time of year again! Children are busy writing their Christmas lists, hoping for the latest gadgets and gizmos, fancy clothes and toys. But for many children, their expectations are a lot more modest.

We asked children from our Family Strengthening Programmes in Kara and Lome in Togo what they were asking Santa for this year. Many of these children live in extreme poverty. We support them so that they are able to continue going to school and we help their parents or other caregivers find work so they can continue to put food on the table.

While the usual bikes and computers feature in their wishlists, the reasons for these gifts are poignant.... 

Dear Santa,
I am Cornelia. I am 12 years old. You cannot know how happy I am to write a letter to you. Did you know that in Togo right now it is the dry season and very hot?! I love learning to read and collect newspapers to read, but there are often difficult words which I don’t understand. So I would like to receive a bike with a dictionary on the back seat, that way I would be able to have a dictionary with me wherever I go!
Big kisses,
Cornelia


Dear Santa,
My name is Samuel and I am 11 years old. I would like to see you and sing you a beautiful song on Christmas Eve when you come to deliver the nice presents! This year I would like to receive several books – especially grammar and vocabulary books – I promise that with these books I will work harder to succeed in my exams. I would also like a small ball to play with!
Thank you,
Samuel

Dear Santa,
My name is Félicité, I am 13 years old. I would be very grateful if you could get me a bike so that I can get to secondary school more easily next year! That would make me very happy.
Goodbye,
Félicité

Dear Santa,
My name is Marie-Jeanne and for Christmas I wish for a new bag, some books and coloured pencils! 

Thank you! 
Marie-Jeanne


Dear Father Christmas,
My name is Sandawe. I am 12 years old and live in Togo. My family is very poor but SOS Children’s Villages Kara have been giving us a lot of support so that I have been able to go to school. So for Christmas I would like to receive a computer and stationary for school so that I can study harder. I would also love a boke and some nice clothes. 
It is very nice of you to think about poor children, Father Christmas. 
Thank you,
Sandawe

Dear Santa, 
My name is Kouméralo. I am 12 years old and I am in the second year of secondary school. I am an orphan and live with my aunt. Every year I see families celebrating with their children. Those children always have nice presents. I would also like to be happy like them. That is why I am asking you to bring me a bike so that I can go to school because it is very far away. I would also like some new shoes and some sports gear!
Thank you, 
Kouméralo


Dear Father Christmas,
 
For Christmas I would like to get some spaghetti, rice, oil and tomatoes so that we can have a yummy meal. I would also like some sweets! A jacket and some new shoes so that I do not have to walk barefoot any more would be nice too.
Thank you for thinking about me,
Piyalo

Little girl with a doll
A little girl from our Family Strengthening Programme shows off the doll she got for Christmas last year

Dear Father Christmas,
I am Basil and we are very poor. I would like a TV with a remote control and a bulb to light our house as well as some rice and oil so that we are not so hungry. A bike and a ball would also be nice if you have time!
Thank you,
Basil

This article is the second part in a series looking at what children involved in our programmes are hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year. You can find the first article, which contains letters from SOS Children from Belarus and Angola, here. 

Still looking for the perfect Christmas present for a loved one this year? Why not give the gift that keeps on giving and give them the gift of child sponsorship. Find out more. 

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