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;
– 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;
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.
The NGO Association Togolaise des Volontaires au Travail (ASTOVOT) has more than 60 years of experience in the service of international volunteering and especially in the field of intercultural exchanges between young people from all countries of the world. Every year, it welcomes many volunteers from all over the world to Togo for its various short, medium and long-term volunteer projects (3 weeks to 12 months) as part of international solidarity actions. A founding member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS-UNESCO), ASTOVOT is in partnership with several volunteer organizations in Europe, Asia and Canada. The projects focus on community development through education, health, the environment and intercultural learning. These projects are open to anyone who has acquired significant knowledge and skills related to the mission, wishing to enrich their experience and contribute their professional know-how. Our overall objective is to contribute to the development of the people involved in the projects and the beneficiary communities.
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.