A Pathways Togo scholarship can change a woman’s life forever allowing her to bring that change to her community and to her world.Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world with high rates of infant and maternal mortality, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS transmission. The daunting challenges have been successfully decreased in countries committed to widespread girls' education. By helping women afford tuition, school supplies, and uniforms, Pathways Togo scholarships give Togolese women the tools they need to reach their full potential.
Young women in Togo face enormous social and academic challenges including the pursuit of an education, pressure to marry young, and finding a well-lit place to study at night. Every evening in Togo’s bigger towns young women crouch with their notebooks under streetlamps to review their lessons after completing household chores.Mentors play a vital role in the achievement of our scholars. They are invited to conferences and attend workshops designed to enhance their capacity as a mentor. These specialized sessions provide education on the priorities and processes of the Pathways Togo, which enables mentors to be paired with a young Togolese woman to help create the pathway to success.
Life Skills Workshops and Conference
Students enrolled in one of Togo's two universities attend three to four workshops per year which are located on campus directly before registration for fall classes. Middle school and high school students attend an annual joint conference at a facility located centrally in Togo.At each workshop and conference, students receive their scholarships, participate in educational enrichment programs, and have a rare opportunity to focus on their personal growth away from the demands of family and chores. These gatherings also provide an opportunity for students and scholars to come together and celebrate their achievements.
Karren Waid Dream Award
Pathways Togo created the Karren Waid Dream Award in honor of Karren Waid, a Peace Corps Volunteer who passed away during her service. Karren’s commitment to girls' education and empowerment continues to inspire Togolese and Americans to support young women in achieving their personal goals and dreams. The Karren Waid Dream award is provided at the end of the Life Skills Conference when a community improvement proposal is selected to receive this financial grant to put their project in motion.