PROJECT TOGO shows how sustainability can be achieved. Te carbon ofset project creates an ecosystem, whose biocapacity serves the diversity and stability of ecological and social life in the medium and long term. Trough the utilization of CO2 capture PROJECT TOGO system- atically strengthens regional locations and cooperative structures and includes all stratas of the population.
To achieve this, PROJECT TOGO produces self-supporting added-value units: equipment for power generation, water supply and soil improvement; infrastructures for health and education; projects for sustainable farming and forestry, self-sufciency and market production. In that all these infuence, overlap and enrich each other, they connect supply and demand together onsite and thus initiate sustainable development in the best sense.
Improvement oriented to the needs of the people
The basis for the survey are 578 persons between 17 and 82 years old. They all come from the region. The average age was about 41 years. Qustioned were the kings of village, the CVD (village komite) as well as male and female inhabitants of the village.
The greatest needs were watersupply (68%), access to elecricity (55%9 and the expansion of infrastructure (43%). In addition people wish to have better education and jobs, affordable medical care and sanitation.
What is more, I need to make four to five trips a day and give small Sabine a hand along the way. That's the way it is and has always been around here. Truth to be told, a well was installed some years back but somehow failed to work. Therefore, we come down the mountain and haul the water ourselves. At times, however, this tiresome task provides some entertainment. When other village women come down to the river and men are away working the fields, we can chat at ease for a while, sitting back and enjoying a good half an hour in the cool shade. Now, however, we are confident that our own well will work. The money required comes from the climate protection project and is already is the hands of our village chief
PROJECT TOGO builds wells and provides for clean water.
Kokuta Dzaessi has already heard about climate change and assessed its impact over the years. For example, the rain no longer comes reliably and at the right time. In his childhood, people could rely on the larger and small rainy seasons and knew thereby when to prepare the fields. "What concerns me the most is Armen, my eldest son. As he was two years old, he suddenly fell ill with very high fever. We took him on the moped to the nearest hospital, which was 30 km away. There, he was administered an injection and the fever receded. Only much later did we find out that the syringe had been placed incorrectly. Two months after treatment, his right foot became oddly rigid, precisely where the syringe had been applied. Today, Armen is 11 years old and can walk only with difficulty. He cannot properly play and frolic with other children. In short, I have serious concerns about this future."
PROJECT TOGO builds health centres and provides the medical infrastructure necessary for local population to access basic health care.
Kokou Noulago from Lomé is the head of a small school in the Agou Region. With his three employees, he looks after 160 students divided in three classes. "A few years ago, we had to vacate the premises completely since they threatened collapse. From that day, the first and second class sit in a small hut that we built as a makeshift solution". These, however, offer hardly any protection from wind and weather. With the onset of the rainy season in June and October, the regular teaching s is usually interrupted - then there's no rain - because school premises are flooded.
PROJECT TOGO builds school buildings with classrooms, staff room, toilets and wells.
PROJECT TOGO receives similar stories every day.
At present, many villages still lack a public mains connection. Every month, Kokou Heridoh spends about three Euro on kerosene to have some light in his hut. "It stinks all night and the smoke makes my children cough all the time. There is no current and we use my old flashlight very sparingly, as we can hardly afford batteries. My wife and I, said Kokou, do not need much light in the evening but our four children, three of whom go to school, must complete their homework. As darkness sets in quickly in the evening, they must do so in the dim light of the kerosene lamp. In fact, the light hardly illuminates the whole hut so they take turns at it. Today, we are carrying out a solar project in collaboration with people from the climate protection project. Every family in Fokpo will receive a solar lamp set and basic training on solar technology. If something breaks down or stops working, they can fix it themselves”.
PROJECT TOGO has launched a solar project, the goal of which is to fit every hut with a solar system so that all families have light in the future. After appropriate training, a small local team will be able to perform maintenance tasks and minor repairs on solar systems without assistance.
PROJECT TOGO receives similar stories every day.
With a beaming smile, Mama Deablo stands in front of her new store. Here, she sells soap, detergent, spices, flour, sugar and batteries. "In a few weeks, when I make some money”, says Mama, “I will broaden my offering. I have some ideas for new products which could be of use here". She and her husband opened their first store in May 2012. "We always wanted to open a store. Up to now, however, we could save little money to build the hut. As a rule, new seeds and food immediately consumed all we earned. This situation, however, was considerably changed, as numerous village people engaged in the climate change project started visiting our store. People can now spend part of their earning in my new store, where they can buy everyday things".
PROJECT TOGO reforestation platforms and infrastructure actions create new jobs, which allow locals to earn some extra income.