Arthur: “In my opinion, it was a wonderful experience, a return to simplicity.”
The mission’s focus was to set up a communal farm which would allow a means for a permanent income for the village and additional funds to start new projects. We also were tasked to take care of the children and carry out the front and finishing of the dispensary. All this in 31 days.
In my opinion, it was a wonderful experience, a return to simplicity. It was 31 days of sharing, through our objectives to be one with the village; our free time was spent with the inhabitants of this small village that is Avédomé. I boarded the plane on July 15 with a lot of apprehensions. I was afraid to arrive for the first time alone in an unknown country, poorer than France and without knowing where I would actually land. But the welcome was radical, my fears had disappeared. Gathor, a Togolese volunteer, introduced me to Lomé, the capital, thanks in particular to motorcycle taxis. A few days after my arrival, we left for Avédomé, 50 kilometers from the capital. We spent the vast majority of my time there.
During all this time in the village, our life in this community was punctuated by the footsteps, marbles or other games organized for the children, meetings and discussions with the villagers, the discovery of their life (fetching water from the well, washing with a jump, their cooking, their way of consuming, the village council, etc…). Discovering the lives of the people of this country through volunteers; who are now very good friends to me; has allowed me to understand their way of life, what they have experienced, the government, their way of seeing the world. I said I left with a lot of apprehensions, but I came back in a way resourced, and eager to come back to see the friends I made up there and to continue to help Avédomé.