YovoTogo Diary 2017-3

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Friday October 20, 2017

On today’s agenda, we plan to visit three out of the seven training rooms which have been implemented until last year. We start with the one in the Bombouaka high school, then those of Tandjouaré and finally those of Nano. Generally the attendance rate as well as the equipment follow up are satisfactory. New USB keys containing the new version of the Operating System will be given to the JUMP Lab’Orione members in charge of the maintenance and sustainability of the project.

During the following days, we will inaugurate six new training rooms, bringing to 13 the total number of installed rooms. Around noon we go at the house of Rotary Club members Arsène and Martine, to share an excellent lunch, and some fresh drinks well-deserved under this hot temperature. Afternoon we are invited by the Tandjouaré-Dapaong RC to the delivery ceremony of the solar panel installation within the Tampialim high school, near the Ghana boarder. It is a GD project of the Quebec RC. Spectacular welcome by a traditional folk group featuring around 80 women all dressed in white.

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YovoTogo Diary 2017-2

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Tuesday October 17, 2017

Intense and very busy day : in the morning visit to the children, then to the youth, all ready to go to school or college. It is a very special time when each face regains its name. We share some news and meet up again with Joseph the maintenance man and Richard the driver.

At nine o’clock in the morning, we are hosted by the Rotary Club of Tandjouaré Dapaong, to attend the yearly visit of their 209177-2018 Governor, the Nigerian doctor Ari Toubo IBRAHIMA.

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YovoTogo Diary 2017-1

20 novembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

Between October 14th and November 4th, three members of the YovoTogo association stayed at the Saint Louis Orione Center of Bombouaka, a place nicknamed « forgotten hearts heaven ».

As often as possible, and depending on the availability of a decent Internet Connexion, they shared with us pictures and comments around the key points of their day-to-day activities. Hereafter their breathless diary.

Sunday October 15, 2017

This morning we went to Agbodrafo to meet with Elias (Ubuntu Elico Emmabuntus) a huge fan of the free software, with whom we communicate since more than one year. He has his own mobile phone and computer maintenance shop as well as a cyberspace featuring 7 computers. He leads a group of village youth, and their dream is to start a FabLab.

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The march of the YovoTogo children toward the digital age

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With a population of 7.5 million inhabitants and an area of 56,785 Km2, the Togolese republic is a Western Africa country which economy is based mainly on food crops and phosphate mines. Its true wealth is the wide variety of landscapes going from arid plains to green valleys, passing through great savannas in the north of the country, planted with great baobab trees.

This is the small but great country of Emmanuel Adebayor1, where Claude Féré and his spouse Marie Paule Oré settled to continue the service project which was initiated several years ago by a missionary aunt.

If you go in the Togolese savanna area, more precisely at Bombouaka, in the Tandjouaré prefecture, you cannot miss the Saint Louis Orione Center which is hosting children with disabilities. This center was set up some 40 years ago aiming at the disable children assistance. I is formed with several buildings dedicated to the administration, the patients reeducation, the teenagers home, the postoperative accommodation, the operating theater, the orthopedic workshop, the boarding school for young and severely disabled children, carpentry and welding apprenticeship workshops, the study hall, the computer room …

After their first visit to Togo, Marie Paule and Claude were extremely moved by the harsh reality this country is facing, ands also because one of the building displayed the name and the picture of her aunt. Since the destiny is changing like a chameleon skin, it seems natural that their feet brought them back here, where their hearts were already staying.

Building displaying the name and the picture of the aunt

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La marche des enfants de YovoTogo vers le numérique

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Avec 7,5 millions d’habitants sur une superficie de 56 785 Km2, la République Togolaise est un pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest dont l’économie repose essentiellement sur les cultures vivrières et l’exploitation des mines de phosphate. Sa véritable richesse est sa diversité de paysages qui vont de plaines arides aux vallées verdoyantes, en passant par les grandes savanes où sont plantés de géants baobabs au nord du pays.

C’est dans ce petit mais merveilleux pays d’Emmanuel Adebayor1 que Claude Féré et son épouse Marie Paule Oré, ont décidé de s’installer pour continuer l’œuvre sociale d’une tante et d’un missionnaire initiée depuis plusieurs années.

En vous rendant dans la région des savanes au Togo, plus précisément à Bombouaka dans la préfecture de Tandjouaré, vous ne manquerez pas de voir le Centre Saint Louis Orione qui abrite les enfants en situation de handicap. Ce centre a été mis sur pied il y a une quarantaine d’années dans le but de venir en aide aux enfants handicapés. Il compte en son sein plusieurs bâtiments regroupant l’administration, la rééducation, le foyer adolescent, l’hébergement post-opératoire, le bloc chirurgical, l’atelier orthopédique, le pensionnat des jeunes enfants (pour handicaps graves), l’atelier d’apprentissage de la menuiserie et de la soudure, la salle d’études, les salles informatique … Après leur première visite au Togo, Marie Paule et Claude ont été profondément touchés par les réalités du pays et par le fait que l’un des bâtiments arborait le nom et la photo de la tante. Aussi vrai que le destin est aussi changeant que la peau d’un caméléon, c’est tout naturellement que leurs pieds les y ont ramené, vu que leurs cœurs y étaient déjà.

Bâtiment portant le nom et la photo de la tante

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