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ASTO 06 TOGO AgoméTomégbé Reno- Hea 28/07/2020 17/08/2020

ASTO 06 Renovation of the dispensary and HIV/AIDS sensitization 
AgoméTomégbé 
28/07 to 17/08/2020 Reno- Hea 
 
 
Project description 
 
 
This project is part of small developpment project and renovation of social and health infrastructure initiated each summer by the ONG ASTOVOT to contribute to the improvement of the living environment in rural aeras. The choice of the village of Agomé Tomégbé is based on a diagnosis carried out by the ASTOVOT coordination team and the village development committee (CVD). It’s a isolated village in the prefecture of Kloto. The village's social facilities or infrastructure are really dilapidated. The inside and outside of the dispensary are very degraded. This project will allow the building to be renovated with painting and masonry work. In addition to the renovation activities, volunteers with the dispensary staff, will also organize « door-to-door » and public awareness campaigns on the fight against IST/SIDA in the village.   
 
Aims of project 
 
 
Global objective : 
 
The objective of this summer camp is to contribute to the improvement of social and health infrastructures in rural areas through the renovation of the Agomé Tomégbé dispensary. 
 
Specific objectives : 
 
- Develop and renovate the health centre building (painting and masonry); - Organize outings and awareness sessions on the fight against IST/AIDS; - Promote intercultural exchanges between volunteers and the local population. 
 
Work 
 
- The volunteers will set up the health centre site ; clean and put the paint inside and outside the building; - The volunteers will also participate in some masonry work;  - They will plan awareness actions on STI/AIDS prevention, identify targets, prepare awareness tools, organize outings and awareness sessions in the village and its surroundings; - The volunteers will organize cultural activities to facilitate exchanges and cohesion around the project 
 
Location 
 
Located 15 km from the city of Kpalimé and 135 km northwest of Lomé, the capital of Togo, the village of Agomé-Tomégbé has about 5500 inhabitants. It's a village located in a mountainous area with a magnificent view, appreciated by its green aspect and its waterfalls. The inhabitants of the village are very welcoming and mostly peasants who mainly cultivate cocoa, coffee, maize, manioc and yam. The dominant religion is Protestantism, introduced in the late 19th century by pastors from Brême in Germany. In addition to the Collège d'Enseignement Général (CEG), the village has two primary schools and a dispensary. 
 
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. 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.