AUGUST 2019 MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN TRIP TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA

Team Togo 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. High Blood pressure

 

Like the last couple of years, we ran a summer club for the children, which not only had lessons on hand washing and tooth brushing, but we taught basic English, craft projects and games.

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 provide financial help to 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

AUGUST 2018 MEDICAL AND EDUCATION TRIP TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA

For the 5th year in a row, Team Togo ran their medical and education mission. Over the 9 days of work, the volunteers helped in 4 remote villages. The team were able to see a staggering 1040 patients, who were provided with free medical care and medicine. Whilst there, they had to take one patient to hospital for an emergency surgery and also put many on the referral list who need surgery. (If you're interested in helping fund a surgery, please get in touch).

In partnership with Pen to Paper Ghana, hundreds of students were taught basic English. We had 4 volunteer teachers from the USA who helped provide engaging lessons for the students of all ages. 

A new project was launched this year to educate teenage girls on menstrual hygiene. Katie, from Pen to Paper Ghana and Wendy, another long-term volunteer, ran 4 workshops where they taught the girls all about why females menstruate and how to keep everything healthy and clean. The workshops were a great success with the girls asking many questions, which they don't usually get to do in school. The girls were also provided with reusable sanitary pads and taught how to make more of them using local cloth and plastic from readily available water sachets.

JULY 2017 MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN TRIP TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA

In 8 clinic days, the team managed to see 964 patients and 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. We're now raising the funds for those that required surgery; if you want to support, please get in contact.

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AUGUST 2016 MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN TRIP TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA

For their 3rd summer in a row, Team Togo ventured for another round of field medical clinics in 4 more remote villages in Togo, West Africa. By joining together with volunteers from local partner organizations, Save our Future (SAFU) and Pen to Paper Ghana and collaborated with Kpalime Central Hospital and Atime Regional Hospital, our team was able to provide free medical evaluations and treatment for over a thousand patients in Kpalime, Atime and Tchekpo. Due to poverty, many patients don’t get seen by a doctor for minor and even major health issues.  As a result, many small health conditions increase in severity and some become life-threatening. Our team’s intention is to provide general health screenings for people in more isolated locations where medical care is limited. We not only treat existing complaints but also aim to prevent them. Patients seen in our field clinics that require a more comprehensive specialist visit are referred by Team Togo’s volunteer doctors and nurses to local hospitals for further evaluation and surgery in some cases. In August 2015, we were able to fund 20 surgeries after these patients were seen by our team and given referrals. As Assist Africa grows, so does the team’s ability to make a difference. In this past year, we’ve been able to raise enough money to pay for 42 surgeries- which is about double our previous year! Even as the news spreads about our non-profit organization, we still continue to be run by all unpaid volunteers and funding goes directly to help those who need it. 

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AUGUST 2015 MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN TRIP TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA

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 travelers was able to help many 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. Connections were solidified, and dates and plans for next year's mission are already underway. 

JULY 2014 MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN TRIP TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA

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. The nonprofit organization 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. Ignace is 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.

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