Today there are many young Togolese who try or want to go through the Sahel countries and challenge the waves of the Mediterranean with pirogues or makeshift boats to find the shores of Europe. Unfortunately this perilous and fatal adventure continues to cause desolation within families because there are some of these young people who do not cross this “imaginary Eldorado” and perish in the Mediterranean or in the ocean. The wave of illegal or irregular migration has taken on unprecedented proportions in the recent years. During the crossing to Europe, most migrants perish due to the wreckage of their makeshift boats. It is not a question for the NGO ASTOVOT to fight against the illegal immigration but to make the candidates aware of the dangers of that. Because many are among them who do not know the realities of the trip and those who do not know the country of destination, ASTOVOT wants to educate the unknowing.
Through this summer camp, ASTOVOT wants to contribute in its own way to inform and raise awareness through actions and to support young people on the difficulties of irregular immigration. For this purpose, it intends to conduct awareness campaigns to discourage prospective immigrants. These educative sessions will be furnished by sharing information on the consequences of irregular immigration with young people.
– Organize information and awareness sessions in neighborhoods for young people through football matches
– Make presentations of films and documentaries illustrating the dangers of illegal immigration
– Organize roundtables: exchange of experiences between international volunteers and local volunteers
The implementation of the project will consist of researching, designing and animating contents describing the migrants’ experiences during their journey:
– Volunteers do research and organize debates with the young on immigration issues
– Volunteers will make collections of photos, documentary films and testimonies showing the dangers of illegal immigration
– Volunteers will show photos, documentary films and testimonials in public squares in different districts of Kpalimé City to attract the attention of a large number of people
– Volunteers will organize talk shows on Kpalime’s local radio stations to raise awareness of the issues and dangers of irregular immigration
– Volunteers will produce awareness posters
– Volunteers will produce and present skits to raise awareness
– Volunteers will conduct awareness campaigns on social networks including Facebook and other media:
• Discussions, brainstorming, debates
• Practical cases, forum theater
• Broadcasting of audiovisual media
This project responds to the more and more recurrent immigration issues in socio-political and economic debates, so it requires real support and mobilization of technical and material means for its realization. Volunteers interested in this project are asked to collect enough tools or educational kits for awareness (documentary films, posters, documents … etc.).
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;