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ASTO 05 TOGO Kuma-Apoti CULTURE 08/12/2020 26/12/2020

ASTO05 : Kékéli : Cultural meeting and

immersion 08/12 - 26/12/2020 - Kuma Apoti

Participation fee : 200 €


"Kékéli Festival" initiated since 2016 by the NGO ASTOVOT, is in its 5th edition this year. This
festival is a vehicle for promoting Togolese culture in all its diversity through local artistic and
folklore groups. The theme of this year's edition is "Women, pillar of environmental
protection". Women have an important role to play in the preservation of the environment
and natural resources and in the promotion of sustainable development. In Togo, for example,
the main responsibility for providing for the household falls on women, especially in rural

areas, and they largely determine consumption trends. Thus, women have a fundamental role
to play in the adoption of sustainable and environmentally sound consumption patterns,
natural resource management and production. This project encourages women to become
more involved in environmental protection activities through the organization of cultural and
community activities. As usual, a cultural event will be organized at the end of the project
where various folklore and artistic groups from the village will perform. It will also have other
cultural activities around the theme of this edition, namely: fashion show in traditional dress,
skits, Batik, health of public places ... etc... This Festival is for Astovot, a space for intercultural
exchange and citizen expression.
Aims of project
- Organize cultural and community activities involving the participation of women and
girls in environmental protection ;
- Promote local artistic and folklore groups by providing them with a framework for
expression designed to raise awareness of the issue of environmental preservation
through eco-gestures;
- Encourage the immersion of international volunteers in peasant families within the
framework of cultural exchanges ;

The first part :
- Formation of the volunteer art group ;
- Group rehearsals (percussion, singing and dancing) ;
- Organization of exchange meetings around the theme of publishing (local development
actors, village associations, women's groups or cooperatives...) ;
- Batik workshops ; making baskets ;
- Storytelling workshop with children;
- Sketch montages around the theme;
- Actions for health and environmental protection in the village ;
- Accompanying artistic and folklore groups in the preparation of the festival ;
- Immersions of international volunteers in the families of the women farmers (discovery of
daily activities within the families and in their fields) ;
The second part : Apotheosis (invitation of folklore and artistic groups ; logistics, design of
communication supports, sound system, installation).
- Arrangement of the hall or place of the spectacle and installation ;
- Performance sequence (groups, sketches, fashion show...etc.)

The meeting will take into account the staging of the different folklore groups and also that of
the group of volunteers. It is a moment of expression and valorisation of the Togolese culture.
NB : Various prizes and certificates will be awarded to the different groups.
The village of Kuma-Apoti is one of the ten villages of the Kuma Canton. It is located northwest

of the town of Kpalimé. Its relief consists of a vast plateau and wooded mountains. Kuma-
Apoti is located in a humid zone and its climate, very particular for Togo, is much cooler and

"temperate" than that of Lomé. The economy of the village is essentially based on agriculture,
around which gravitate some commercial, artisanal and tourist activities. The agricultural
sector employs about 80% of the population. The productions from which the population
draws a meagre income are coffee and cocoa. Food crops ensure the subsistence of families:
cereals (maize), tubers (yams, manioc) and legumes (beans). The region, which is fairly fertile,
also allows the cultivation of fruits (banana, seedling banana, pineapple, orange...etc.).
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.
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.
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.
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.