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Arrived back

Return a Roissy

"They have arrived back...
After three weeks in Sokode and Sagbadaï, working on the SPESS projects, our three valiant knights Nigel, Max and François arrived back after a final stop in Lomé and landed at Brest on Tuesday. A little thin (except Max ...), they enjoyed the moderate temperature, after 36-38 degrees daily in Togo, and the return to a more suitable food for their fragile stomachs ...
A lot of work and confirmed projects during this busy holiday in an atmosphere always friendly and positive among our Togolese friends:
                 - Validation and launch of the finishing work for the new primary school building (plaster, doors and floors)
                 - Validation of the budget and actual start of construction of the college, our number one priority, in partnership with an American foundation, and with the support of The Village Development Committee of Sagbadaï,
                 - Quick launch of health and environmental recovery project concerning used batteries, following the discovery of a serious impact on the health of teachers and students,
                 - Initialization of the dispensary project, in collaboration with the medical team and the Village Committee,
                 - Implementation of the autonomy of agro-pastoral farm.
The smiles of the children and the positive attitude of the villagers and friends of the farm have allowed our three SPESSmen to overcome the difficulties of building sites, and come back with the feeling of accomplishment, despite the little problems of everyday life (car breaking down, blackouts, no water etc..).
Stay tuned for more details, we will make a complete inventory of projects and the financial statement of operations in the coming weeks.
See you soon ... "

Spring 2014 : The projects progress

After the launch of buildings projects in the primary and college schools, the mid-week was devoted to the needs of the clinic and health project recovery of used batteries, of which the teachers and students make great use to renovate their blackboards at primary school and college, followed by the establishment of storage containers.

Lots to do before our departure, but morale is still high ..
See you soon ... "


Spring 2014 : Work without end

Working meeting with the contractor Camille Babalima to validate the finishing action plan of the primary building and budget.
We agreed for the next two phases: construction of walls and trellis doors and then cement floors. The budget is approved, we are hopeful that construction can begin next week before our departure. A good thing done. The two big projects are launched ...

In addition, work continues on the farm, securing our experimental nursery, banana plantations and tomatoes, clean the banks of the river, repairing the roof of the housing (straw ...).
Today, meeting on the farm to validate the guidelines for livestock and crops next season (and budget ...).

Always very hot weather with a few thunderstorms (that fill our river, we're so glad).
Everyone is fine despite some minor intestinal problems from time to time!

Spring 2014 : Objective education

The beginning of this week was spent in working meetings with the school's teachers to validate with them the priorities for action: terminate the walls of the building, then cement the ground, and finally plastering and painting the interior walls . We are awaiting the contractor's quote to confirm.

We have also participated in a working meeting on the priority of priorities: the construction of the college. The project is on track and we validated the part of the budget that falls to us. If all goes well, the college will be finished in late April! What progress for teachers and students ...

Spring 2014 : A second intensive week

The end of the first week was marked by planting fruit trees on the farm, and the end of the fencing of our nursery.

This week begins a series of meetings today with people from the primary school and tomorrow with the college and the village development committee. After will come the meeting for the clinic.

The objective is to validate the action plans for the coming period, in consultation with users, villagers and authorities.

Spring 2014 : The second day at Sagbadai

Much activity on the farm with the end of the fencing of our experimental nursery, especially the cleaning and enlargement of the small river, whose level is low at the end of the dry season, as it is every year. This operation was a great success, and the indispensable development of the irrigation of crops will be able to be done more regularly.

Also meeting in the afternoon with the village chief to present our respects according to tradition.

See you tomorrow!


Spring 2014 : A hard first day

Big day at the farm today with preparing land for vegetable crops and organized the nursery (potatoes, artichokes, carrots, peppers, peppers, shallots ...).
To protect these cultures from stray domestic animals (pigs, goats), we have begun to enclose the ground (cut stakes with machetes, plant them in a hard surface, install the mesh).
Mission accomplished by the five brave farmers (Moses, Nigel Francis, Max and Roger).

And tomorrow is another day of hard work ...

Spring 2014 : Our arrival at Sagbadai

After a 6 hour trip by bus from Lomé, Nigel, Max and Francis met with our friends the school and college teachers, officials of the clinic, and finally the people of the farm (Moses and his family and Roger).

The aim of the week will confirm with our interlocutors, and under their initiative, the plan of action of the year.

The reception of our friends was fantastic, and was very heartwarming (although it's 38 degrees in the shade;-)
More to come by the end of the week ...

The team Sagbadaï 2014

Spring 2014 : They have departed

The mission Spring 2014 has started, with the objectives prncipaux, the clinic and the building of the school.

From left to right, Nigel Francis and Max at the airport waiting for the plane to Lome.

Depart mission spring 2014

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Our travel obtectives

Since the establishment of our Association, we try to be present as often as possible on site at Sagbadaï to actively participate in the development of the infrastructures, to actively do the "hands-on" work and advise our African friends. Stays of three to four weeks, depending on the availability of each person, alone or in groups for greater efficiency.
Ten missions have been carried out, bringing their share of satisfactions and disappointments sometimes, for example when drought thwarts the ambitions of farmers!
Good mood, strength and initiative are required, but all people of goodwill are welcome. The experience is unforgettable and the reward of strong human relationships.

Nos objectifs SPESS


The SPESS was founded in 2008 in Brittany as a non profit making association to support the disadvantaged and the poor in Togo.
The original idea was to develop a farm and traditional cultures in the small village of Sagbadaï, located 300 kilometers north of the capital Lome in the province of Sokode.

We then focused more on the questions of education and health. In 2012 we started the project of building a solid school building (for primary classes) in order to allow children to be educated in decent conditions. In 2014, we built the college buildings to enable a better continuity between primary and secondary education as many primary-schooled children drop out due to a lack of facilities and finance.

Health is also a main priority and it is imperative to improve the existing local infrastructure to allow access to care for the poor. One of our main projects is to renovate the old and dilapidated dispensary in Sagabadaï. They have no running water, no electricity and no real equipment.