Initiated since 2016 by the NGO ASTOVOT, the Kékéli Festival is at its 4th edition this year. This festival is a vehicle of valuing the Togolese culture in all its diversity through the artistic and folk groups of the soil. This year’s edition is under the theme “Woman and local development”. In Togo, women’s engagement has a very important dimension in the socio-economic development of their communities. This project highlights female leadership in local governance and encourages women to become more involved in local development actions. As usual, various folkloric groups will take care to value women in all its dimensions. It will also have other cultural activities around the theme of this edition namely: fashion show in traditional dress, sketches, Batik, public places safety … etc. This Festival is for the NGO ASTOVOT, a space for intercultural exchanges and citizen expression.
GOALS OF THE PROJECT
– Organize of cultural and artistic activities for women as an actor of local development;
– Promote local artistic and folk groups by offering a framework of expression designed to raise awareness on a theme of female leadership and enhance their talents;
– Develop national and international voluntary intercultural exchanges;
THE MAIN ACTIONS
The first phase: reflection and awareness-raising around the theme (animation-discussion, study visits-meetings of local actors, conference-debate, mobilization action …)
– Organization of workshops around the theme of publishing (local development actors, associations, groups or women’s cooperatives …);
– Batik workshops;
– Sketch editing around the theme;
– Health action in the village (public places);
– Accompany the artistic and folk groups in the preparation of the festival;
– Organize the festival: logistics, communication media design, sound system, installation
The second phase: Organization of the festival: logistics, communication media design, sound system, installation
– Arrangement of the room or place of the show;
– Installation of awareness stands;
– Meeting and discussion with participating groups;
– Planning of the progress – organization of the team;
Apart from the activities to be carried out by the volunteers, the folk and artistic groups selected for the festival will prepare shows around the theme of publishing.
Thus, the festival will take into account the staging of the different folk groups and the staging of the group of volunteers. It would be the place of expression and valorization of the Togolese culture.
NB: Various awards and certificates will be given to the various groups involved. Volunteers can provide educational and didactic tools (posters, flyers, audiovisual documents …) on the promotion of women’s leadership.
Housing conditions are generally primitive.
The volunteers will be housed together in the same house with several rooms (usually 2 to 4 rooms) and will live near the project site. Housing will be provided with plastic mats or straws but volunteers can however provide small inflatable mattresses or small floor mats (no bed), sleeping bag, mosquito nets etc. The kitchen will be organized by the volunteers themselves.
Volunteers will cook and eat together their meals. In the kitchen, they will use the local products. There are many various vegetables and fruits in location, so vegetarian and vegan diets can be continued. NB: Clean drinking water available.
Internet access and electricity are limited according to the areas of intervention of the projects.
Apart from the activities to be carried out on the building site, you can enjoy walks, meetings with the particularly welcoming population, organize parties and excursions to visit the surrounding villages.
Created in 1957, the NGO Togolese Association of Volunteers at Work (ASTOVOT) is one of the first Togolese associations. As a non-profit layman, ASTOVOT has been supporting international solidarity initiatives for a number of decades, as well as the self-promotion of grassroots communities through local development projects. Today, it remains a great reference in terms of international volunteering and civic service in Togo. Each year, the NGO ASTOVOT receives dozens of volunteers from European countries (Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg…) and also from Asia (Japan) thanks to its partnership with several organizations working in the field of international volunteering and civil service. With a staff of six (6) people within the Coordination, the Togolese Association of Volunteers at Work (ASTOVOT) is an association of International Volunteering and Local Development with the objective of:
– Contribute to the animation of the life by the participation of the Togolese and foreign volunteers to the realization of the works of general interest;
– Contribute to improving the living conditions of local populations by promoting their development and well-being by safeguarding the ecological, socio-cultural, educational and health environment;
– Promote the movement of people and goods through international and intercultural exchanges;
The languages of the workcamp are English and French. But it’s important to note that the exchanges in English are very basic.