Karl Jungbecker sponsors outstanding young students from African countries. This year’s application will start soon, and we will be pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 scholarship awards.
Find the list of all our graduate scholars:
Name: Dzigbodi AMEKOUDI
Hometown: Lome, TOGO
Program: MSC in International Management
Events / Press
KJF Back to School 2018 event held in Togo
Day – 1: KJF Back to School 2018 – Ahépé (Yoto District)
On September 15, 2018, Afiduze Dziedzom, the Project Coordinator in Togo for Karl Jungbecker Foundation led a team of six volunteers on a trip to Ahépé (67 km from Lomé).
They first visited the orphanage “Centre Emmanuel”, where they met 33 children and 2 members of the staff. The children were delighted when they saw the KJF bus approaching. They sang religious songs, as our team entered their compound. The KJF team spent about 4 hours visiting the orphanage and meeting the children. At the end of the visit, the children lined up to each receive a KJF Back to School package, which included enough school supplies for the academic year. Some children had special poems, songs and messages for KJF. Others were electrified and had no words. Eric, a 9-year-old kid from the orphanage commented “It feels like Christmas, but we are in September”.
Later in the afternoon, Dziedzom and the rest of the KJF team drove to the local school in Ahépé, where they met 164 students and 4 teachers. The teachers explained the various challenges faced by students during the school year. One teacher explained that “…all these kids really want to succeed but they don’t always have the means or support that needs to come with it”.
After distributing more school supplies, KJF announced sponsorship program designed to support two students that have excelled academic performances. The teachers’ association will evaluate the student list at a later date and provide the management team at KJF with the list of candidates. The best candidates would not only show strong academic performances but should also demonstrate leadership and innovative skills.
Day – 2: KJF Back to School 2018 – Atsavé (Ave District)
On September 16, 2018, the KJF team was on the road again. The new destination is a small village called Atsavé. It is located about 60 km from Lomé, but given the road conditions, it took the team approximately an hour and a half to reach their destination.
A group of singing women was waiting at the entrance of the village to guide Team KJF. They escorted the bus to the Primary School, where 159 students, their parents, teachers, and other community members were waiting. The bus slowly made its way through the crowd and our team made it out of the bus.
The director of the school greeted everyone and welcomed the KJF team to Atsavé. He then wished to start the event by a prayer. After the ceremony opening prayer, the director made the way for Dziedzom, our project coordinator in Togo. Dziedzom then took the floor and shared the story of KJF and how it was founded. He shared our vision with the public and explained how this is just the beginning of a great adventure. Our program is committed to supporting progressive social impact by helping entrepreneurial thinkers. We tend to focus on students with limited financial resources. “We came here exactly one month ago for a visit and after discussing with some teachers and students, we thought Atsavé Primary School has a great potential; and we want to help guide these young children on their journeys to become the leaders of tomorrow” said Dziedzom.
It was now time for students to line up and get their school supplies. The 159 students all lined up to get their packages from our KJF volunteers. Within an hour, all our students were served. Each one of them was very thankful. For the parents that were present, they still could not believe it. One parent commented “I was very anxious throughout the school break, I wasn’t sure if I could afford the school supplies for the new year. I prayed, and I prayed. I am very grateful for what you guys have done for our children.”
Before the closing prayer from the director, Dziedzom announced another good news. During our first visit to Atsavé in August, with the help of the school teachers we identified two students: Jacques and Josephine. They both have demonstrated excellent academic performance last year. They ranked among the top students in the Ave district. On that symbolic Sunday, we offered a full scholarship to these two students until they graduate from high school. Our team will be in constant touch with them and the school to monitor their performance and provide any help required through the year.
The event ended with thank you songs and poems from the students and parents. The KJF bus was again escorted by the parents and students, until they joined the main road.