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Create a future with miles

for Ayité, who is committed to ensuring that young people – like himself – receive vocational training

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Ayité Gaba lives in Togo, one of the poorest countries in the world. He is 25 years old and has completed a training course in bookkeeping thanks to help alliance. Ayité doesn’t know what would have become of him without this opportunity. He now has prospects, and wants to use the knowledge he has obtained to benefit school-leavers in need at the training centre that help alliance is currently building in Dékivinmé in Togo. 

 

Training and work places are hard to come by in Togo. Even though there is a shortage of skilled workers, a third of all young people are unemployed. This is expected to change when the training centre is built – which is where your award miles also come in.

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Life in Togo

Member of a women's cooperative carrying buckets to water a field in Karsome, Togo.

There are many young people like Ayité in Togo. This small country in West Africa has a population of eight million and is slightly larger than Switzerland. Two-thirds of people live from agriculture. Even though all children have to complete six years of compulsory education, there are many who leave school early. One in three adults is illiterate. The country’s educational system lacks infrastructure, equipment and qualified teachers. Even if they complete their schooling, the labour market situation for young people is precarious. There are too few training places that qualify people for the jobs needed on the ground. 

 

Together with Miles & More, help alliance – the charitable aid organisation of the Lufthansa Group and its employees – aims to improve this situation long term with the “Modern training centre for a sustainable future” project.

A vision becomes a project

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Jean Adadevi, Senior Consultant Finance Solutions and Products at Lufthansa Systems in Hamburg, is the project director and has been working with help alliance for a long time. He says: “Education in any form is the key to combatting global poverty. This applies to Africa in particular. I grew up in Togo myself and only escaped a life of poverty thanks to my good school education. That’s why I consider the planned training centre to be a very important investment for allowing young people to have a better future.”

A vision arose from his commitment in Togo: a place where young people can receive qualified bilingual training that will give them a future with greater opportunities.

 

This vision is now becoming a reality. Plans are in place for a training centre with modern workshops and classrooms; construction began in early 2022. The “Modern training centre for a sustainable future” will be a top priority for both help alliance and Miles & More over the next two years. With the help of your mileage donations, the project is set to be completed by the end of 2023. From then onwards, around 100 disadvantaged school-leavers every year will receive practical training in subjects like mechanics, organic farming and food processing.

 

This ties in with the Miles & More approach to sustainable social commitment, and to helping people in the poorest countries in the world together with help alliance. Consisting of teaching and administration buildings and three workshops, the training centre in Togo is intended to be fully and exclusively funded with mileage donations from the Miles & More community. That’s EUR 300,000 for the construction phase in 2022.

 

Creating a future with miles – in leaps and bounds. Jean Adadevi is delighted that construction is progressing so well thanks to the support of Miles & More members. 

 

We will keep you up to date on the progress of the project here and in Miles & More media.

Plans that are changing the world
We are building the training centre
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Other projects funded with miles donations

Fifteen years ago, Miles & More teamed up with help alliance, the charitable aid organisation of the Lufthansa Group, to make the world a slightly better place with the help of Miles & More members.

 

The miles donated have been supporting many projects in the fields of education, work, income, medical care and nutrition since 2006 - with many more set to follow. We will be presenting the most important of the many projects to you over the next few months.