Togo in confinement, but life goes on (in slow motion) ...
One month already since our last article, and life has changed, in France as in Togo!
Sanitary containment measures have been in place in Togo for a few days: needless to say that the life of our Togolese friends, villagers of Sagbadaï or city dwellers of Sokodé, is seriously disturbed. Not easy and even impossible to respect the rules of confinement and "social distancing" when it is imperative to move to work in the field or sell on the markets, to earn enough to eat, to fetch water ...
Our entrepreneur friends on site are on the verge of financial suffocation, no more gathering, bars and restaurants closed, schools, colleges and high schools closed, small trades stopped ...
Very few victims for the moment in Togo, but the psychosis is raging, fueled by the lack of information or communication. We hope our friends stay in good shape and wish them courage and patience.
While waiting for better days, attached some photos received recently:
- Esther is looking much better ...
- Construction of the Lybama high school walls in progress
- Success for soap making by the new Sagbadaï Women's Association
- First official soccer match on the new field!
Lybée Lybama, the project is launched ...
It is at this high school (LYcée BAMAbodolo) in Sokodé that the majority of middle school students from Sagbadaï (who have successfully completed the BEPC, and who can afford it ...) complete their secondary education and prepare for the bac.
600 students work there in conditions at the limit of the bearable for the majority of them, housed under hangars, in the dust and crowded (a class of 112 students!).
Lots of merit also for the teaching staff and the parents of students, who are fighting to improve the environment, without state assistance ...
For a few days, the sand has been delivered and the ground cementing works have started, thanks to the budget allocated by SPESS. A new start for this school, and good news for the students!
Football field in active!
Big cleaning and raking activity at the new soccer field in Sagbadaï. The middle school students and young people worked hard to make the field practicable; we had to remove the last stones that could injure the children and smooth out the bumps ...
And the icing on the cake, the nets were delivered and immediately installed by the young people! A first for the canton ...
We look forward to the photos of the next game!
Thank you again to the students of the university of Brest for their financial participation in this solidarity project!
Since the beginning of February, a young graduate woman has been recruited by SPESS Togo, in charge of the animation of the Community Center of Sagbadaï, a real progress to ensure the good performance of the Center and to relaunch the activities, meetings, videos, Canal +, library, and multimedia room.
The first photos speak for themselves, and we are delighted to see that the youngest ones answered the call!
Women's Association ...
Women are the essential pillars of entrepreneurship and trade in Africa, and it seemed important to us to encourage the creation of a women's association, with the aim of launching projects of general or economic interest.
Now it's been done for a few weeks in Sagbadaï, thanks to a small budget made available by SPESS: the four mothers of scholarship students met recently to make this project a reality, accompanied by a trainer to set up workshops (manufacturing butter, soap making, etc.).
We sincerely hope that other women and mothers will join this group, once the artisanal production techniques have been evaluated!
News from Nadège ...
Those who follow our Togolese adventures, may remember little Nadège, whom we had met in 2016, in a house opposite Taïrou, and who suffered from very severe malnutrition (barely more than 5 kilos at 15 months ...).
With a very sick and destitute mother, her future was very bleak. Our Association had taken charge of her hospitalisation at the CHR of Sokodé, from where she had left recovered after several weeks of care, before leaving with her mother to another village.
Nadège and her mother have been in Sagbadaï for a few days, and went to the photographer Taïrou for a souvenir photo. Everything is fine !
Esther and her dad ...
We are glad to have received photos from Esther after she returned from the hospital. She seems to be in good shape, and the antibiotic treatment should get her back on her feet quickly.
Esther and her dad are happy to meet again!
Desks for Bouzalo ...
It was our last promise for the new college in Bouzalo, after the doors were installed 2 weeks ago.
About twenty tables and benches have just been delivered to the college community. Lots of people at the arrival of the delivery truck: the Director, the teachers and the students will be able to settle in better conditions, following the significant increase in middle school students since the re-construction of the permanent college!
Great news for education in Bouzalo ...
And a big thank you to Taïrou for this timely action!
Latest news from Esther!
You remember that little Esther had returned to her family just before Christmas, after 2 weeks of hospitalisation in early December at the hospital in Afagnan, near Lomé.
Care continued at the Puits de Jacob clinic to provide dressings, but we knew that an operation would be essential to reduce the infection.
An operation opportunity arose quickly, following the return of French doctors specializing in maxillofacial surgery at the hospital. So back to Afagnan in mid-January for Esther, this time accompanied by her mother and the faithful Pastor. The operation took place successfully 3 days after her admission ...
Good news ! Esther is allowed to go home, but she will have to follow antibiotic treatment scrupulously for a fortnight. We are looking forward to the photos of her return.
How much effort required from the family and kilometers traveled in difficult conditions to finally catch a glimpse of the little girl's recovery. Esther is not yet fully healed, but we are on the right track ...
A big big thank you to Pastor Sidoine (photo on the left), who spared no effort and did not hesitate to leave his own family for several weeks to help Esther and her family. It does honor to his mission!
College of Bouzalo ...
Installation of doors for the 4 classes of the college of Bouzalo. A SPESS initiative to protect the furniture and equipment of teachers.
To come, around twenty new benches for a better reception of new college students. More work for our carpenter Tchédré!