MEDICAL AND EDUCATION TRIPS TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA

2019

We worked in 6 villages in the Badou and Kara areas. With the Togolese Ministry of Health requesting us to provide more help on health education, we spent the mission teaching the locals about the following topics:

  1. Hand washing and tooth brushing

  2. Basic first aid

  3. Feminine hygiene

  4. Hyper-tension

  5. Abdominal hernias

 

We also ran classes for children on English, hand washing, tooth brushing, craft projects and sports.

In total, 560 adults and 435 children were taught by the team. We also funded hospital referrals/surgeries for 10 patients, who had issues such as malaria, stroke, gangrene and a perforated bowel. Funds were also provided to our local partner to help treat 8 people on our 2018 surgery list.

The overall summary of donations brought / provided on this trip: $5,000 worth of Medical supplies, 1000 tooth brushes, 500 tooth pastes, 5000 color crayons, 2500 pens, 2000 coloring books and 40 pairs of glasses.

2018

Over the 9 days of work, the medical volunteers helped:

  • 4 remote villages

  • Saw 1040 patients, who were provided with free medical care and medicine

  • Took one patient to hospital for emergency surgery

  • Added many to the referral list for surgery

  • Launched a new menstrual hygiene project, where 4 workshops were run to educate females about menstruation, how to stay clean and healthy and how to make reusable sanitary pads.

In partnership with Pen to Paper Ghana and 4 volunteer teachers from the USA, hundreds of students were provided with engaging lessons in English. 

2017

In 8 clinic days, the team managed to:

  • see 964 patients

  • refer 36 for surgery; one case was a lady with a hernia, which was so severe that she was operated on immediately while the mission was going on.
     

As well as the medical part of the trip, we had education volunteers who provided English and hygiene lessons to hundreds of Togolese children. 

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2016

For their 3rd summer in a row, Team Togo ventured for another round of field medical clinics:

  • working in 4 remote villages 

  • seeing over a thousand patients

  • raise enough money to pay for 42 surgeries


This year, we started our partnership with the literacy NGO, Pen to Paper Ghana, which enabled us to run educational lessons for the local children in their summer holidays.​

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Yet again, Team Togo headed out with a well qualified team of medical aid volunteers to several under served villages in West Africa.  With donations from Project C.U.R.E, and a large donation from Finland, the international group of travellers were able to help hundreds of patients in the villages of Kpalime, Atime, and Tchekpo.
Also on this same trip, members of Assist Africa and SAFU met with directors of the SOS Lome orphanage to discuss educational needs.  The teams were able to give lessons on sanitation, dental hygiene, as well as offer long-term healthcare solutions to patients' chief complaints.
In August 2015, we were able to fund 20 surgeries

2015

2014

Assist Africa and the University of Washington, Bothell nursing programs partnered in a Medical Mission to deliver health care and educational materials and came up with methods to address malaria prevention, basic first aid, and basic hygiene in the villages in Togo, West Africa.
Assist Africa delivered educational plans for Togo trainers and trainees including outlines, demonstrations, and training aids to sustain the work of the health care team on the mission. Assist Africa/UWB health care team also addressed the immediate health concerns of villagers in Togo, supplying registered nurses, hearing, dental, and other health care practitioners, as well as support staff.
Foundation staff members conducted business/entrepreneurial seminars for local Africans concurrently with the health care program, and provided entrepreneurial and business training along with evaluations of potential projects for grant funding. 

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SOME OF OUR OLDER PROJECTS...

2009 FEEDDS Primary Educational Recipient - Ignace Hounwanou
​The foundation sponsored Ignace Hounwanou, from Togo, West Africa to be enrolled at Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, WA. His educational plan is to obtain a Registered Nursing Degree - an unthinkable goal several years ago, but which he is poised to receive in May 2009! The need for trained medical and nursing professionals in Togo is acute. Therefore, Ignace also plans to earn a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, which will afford him the credentials to provide much greater service upon returning to his homeland. Ignace has excelled in his studies, earning several scholarships, such as the Leader of Promise scholarship. He also has volunteered in the local community. As a result, Ignace was awarded the Team Exceptional award, as noted in the following quote from Bellevue Community College, “Ignace is an outstanding student. Even with his busy work and study schedule he finds the time to help new students - especially the students from Africa. Ignace has spent time with the Scholar-In-Residence, sharing his experience on how to adjust to life in the US. He has been to the Issaquah Middle School twice to give presentations on Togo, preparing a special peanut treat for the students, wearing his native dress and bringing cultural handicraft. Everyone who meets Ignace is impressed with his dedication.”  The foundation has assisted Ignace with education costs including tuition and books, room and board, and transportation.

Entrepreneurial Project #1 - Seed and Grain Business
With funding from Assist Africa, a group of four Togolese citizens in the agricultural region near Atime have established a business to sell high quality seeds and grains to their community. This project funded exclusively by FEEDDS and the life savings of the recipients, involved building a secure storage facility, and purchasing high quality seed grain (corn, rice, etc.) for resale. At certain times of the year, residents have little to no food, and this project helps make grain available to community members at a reasonable price.

Entrepreneurial Project #2 - Established Improved Secure Business Space
Nicolas Koffi DEH and Orland Yao Fiodendji operate adjacent businesses in Lome, Togo. Orland's fabric and tailoring business and Nicolas' proposed aluminum window business were located in open-air plywood structures offering no protection from theft. Assist Africa funded the purchase of two metal shipping containers, which were then converted into a secure facility with an enhanced business exterior.

Entrepreneurial Project #3 - Automobile Tire Business Expansion
Emmanuel Ametsife currently owns an automobile tire business in Lome, Togo, West Africa. The business has been assessed by a foundation member first-hand and is kept immaculately clean. Emmanuel already has basic tools to operate a tire business efficiently. Assist Africa assisted him in expanding the shop to a more suitable business location, and is working with him to expand the business from selling only used tires to offering new tires.