U.S. Business Shows Commitment to Education in Togo

Ambassador David Gilmour (center), Alaffia’s Vice President for Operations in West Africa (left), Togolese Minister of Security Yark Damehane (4th from left) and others dignitaries of Nadagou.
Donation of bicycle by US Ambassador David Gilmour to one the school boys.
Donation of bicycle by US Ambassador David Gilmour to one the school boys.

On Oct. 13 Ambassador Gilmour participated in a ceremony to officially inaugurate a new school building constructed by the American-Togolese company Alaffia. The school, located in the rural village of Nadagou in Togo’s northernmost region of Dapaong, will provide a students in the community with a cool, safe place to conduct their studies.

The ceremony was attended by Alaffia’s Vice President for Operations in West Africa, as well as by the Togolese Minister of Security Yark Damehane, who hails from the region. Various education officials, community leaders, and students were also present.

Alaffia makes skin care products out of shea butter processed in Togo. The company was founded by a Togolese man and an American woman, with the goal to alleviate poverty and encourage gender equality. As part of this mission the company has already constructed 10 schools in Togo.

In Ambassador Gilmour’s speech he stressed the importance of education in alleviating poverty. “A quality education is the best investment we can make for our children,” he said.