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ASTO 03 TOGO Kpalimé (Kloto) Edu-Co 07/07/2020 26/07/2020

ASTO 03 Construction Youth Reception Centre 
Kpalimé 07 to 26/07/2020 Edu-Co 
 
Project description 
 
 Since 2014, the NGO ASTOVOT has been involved in the construction of a reception centre for young people in family difficulties through participatory financing in the commune of Kpalimé. The aim of this centre is to provide temporary accommodation for adolescents and young people living on the streets, offering them the opportunity to continue their school studies or to learn a professional trade under acceptable conditions. It should be noted that this project does not benefit from any permanent funding or subsidy from the Togolese State. For this summer; the works will allow the completion of the construction of the first dormitory and the construction of the fence to continue. 
 
Aims of project 
 
 
General objective : 
 
The objective for this summer is to continue the finishing work on the first building and also the construction of the wall; 
 
Specific Objectives : 
 
- Weeding and landscaping the project site ; - Carry out the masonry and carpentry work for the new building and the fence; - Put in the ground plants (mango, coconut, orange trees...) to plant the open space; 
 
Work 
 
- Weeding, and layout ; - Excavation work for the construction of the wall; - Helping the workers (masons, carpenters, electricians...) : fetching sand and water, making bricks, cutting wood for carpentry; installing supports for windows and doors etc. ; - The volunteers will also take care of the creation of the center's green space; 
 
Camp language 
 
French and English are the two languages of the project. However, French is the official language spoken in Togo. It is advisable for English-speaking volunteers wishing to participate in this project to have a minimum level in French, because a large majority of local volunteers and communities have a low level in English. 
 
Location 
 
Situated 120 km north of Lomé, the commune of Kpalimé is the ideal place for nature lovers and hikers who wish to discover beautiful mountainous landscapes and tropical flora. Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to refresh yourself at the water's edge. Kpalimé is also home to the most important craft center of the country where a very large number of artists and craftsmen have settled. 
With about 101 088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region. Chief-place of the Kloto prefecture, Kpalimé is home to numerous infrastructures such as : district hospitals, post office, town hall office, prefecture, police station, gendarmerie, banks, schools, etc. In short, all public and administrative services are represented. Apart from the public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centres, bars, restaurants, discos, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and abounds in a multiplicity of products, vegetables of all kinds. 
Accommodation  
 
Housing conditions are generally basic (especially in rural areas). The group is housed together in a house in which the volunteers have to share the rooms (usually 2 to 4 rooms).  We have small mattresses and plastic mats that will be used as bedding for the volunteers. Because housing is often not equipped with beds. However, volunteers can provide small air mattresses or small floor mats, sleeping bags, mosquito nets ...etc.  
Food  
Volunteers prepare their own meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on site. The dishes are varied and diverse with local and imported ingredients provided. However, the diet of each volunteer is respected and taken into account in the preparation of the meals. During the international days decreed on the workcamp, each group of volunteers (Europeans or Togolese) can present a typical dish from their country or continent. 
Leisure  
As part of the international workcamp, several activities are organized: discovery walks, hikes, festive outings, cultural meetings. These activities allow volunteers to get in touch with local populations but also to discover Togolese culture. During the weekends, group excursions are organized to discover the tourist sites of the region where the construction site is located. It should be noted that the participation (transport, visiting fees and other costs) of these activities are covered by the volunteers themselves.  NB : Internet access and electricity are limited depending on the project areas.