In partnership with the “Mother Teresa of Calcutta” Welcome House in Kpalimé, the NGO ASTOVOT is launching an international volunteering project this summer to help the staff of this charity house. Every day, the House welcomes poor sick people and people in precarious situations from different regions of Togo. This project will allow the volunteers to bring their compassion and love to the sick and poor people by participating in different activities that contribute to the improvement of their living conditions. The services rendered in this centre are multiple, varied and free of charge. The gestures to be carried out include medical care by assisting nurses and doctors, activities with patients, cleaning and cooking for patients, and maintenance of the premises. The volunteers will work under the supervision of the Sisters of the welcome house. Volunteers with training or experience in the medical or social field will be highly appreciated.
Aims of project
General objective :
The objective of this summer workcamp is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the sick and poor people hosted at the “Mother Teresa of Calcutta” house in Kpalimé.
Specific objectives :
– Fit out and maintain the premises of the centre ;
– Participate in household chores (kitchen);
– Assist the medical staff in the care of the sick
Volunteers take part in the centre’s activities. These are many and varied.
– The volunteers will assist the health staff in medical care: treatment of patients, distribution of medicines, care, bandages, physiotherapy, massages…
– Volunteers will maintain the green space of the center;
– Volunteers will also assist in the households and kitchens: distributing meals, cleaning the dormitories, tidying the beds, peeling vegetables or tubers, folding laundry, cooking, washing up …
– Volunteers will offer games and activities to boost patient morale.
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.
Situated 120 km north of Lomé, the commune of Kpalimé is the ideal place for nature lovers and hikers who wish to discover beautiful mountainous landscapes and tropical flora. Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to refresh yourself at the water’s edge. Kpalimé is also home to the most important craft center of the country where a very large number of artists and craftsmen have settled.
With about 101 088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region. Chief-place of the Kloto prefecture, Kpalimé is home to numerous infrastructures such as : district hospitals, post office, town hall office, prefecture, police station, gendarmerie, banks, schools, etc. In short, all public and administrative services are represented. Apart from the public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centres, bars, restaurants, discos, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and abounds in a multiplicity of products, vegetables of all kinds.
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.