Centre Espérance Loyola
Vision: Promoting AIDS-free families and communities
The Centre Espérance Loyola (CEL – Loyola Hope Centre) was the first Jesuit centre in sub-Saharan Africa to be wholly dedicated to the struggle against the AIDS pandemic. A project of the West African Jesuit Province, the CEL was officially inaugurated in March 2007 and is situated in Ago├¿-nyivé, a poor suburb of Lomé.
The CEL flanks the Centre Culturel Loyola (Loyola Education Centre) and the two units work in unison to engage the community and to alleviate the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS.
The main aspects of the CEL intervention are care and support for people with HIV and their families; prevention, including educational activities for youth and accessible voluntary counseling and testing (VCT); formation of those involved in the struggle against AIDS and advocacy against AIDS-related stigma and discrimination and for accessible treatment for those living with HIV and AIDS.
In 2012, a partnership was launched with CJI and a Catholic parish in Scarborough, Ontario, to offer educational support in Kévé and Avati in Togo.
CEL project director: Fr Bernard Hounnougbo SJ