The climate is relatively consistent throughout the year. Rains are heavy from May to June and sometimes torrential from August to September. The coolest season is from December to January.
The region of Kpalimé in which Kouma Konda is located, is very pleasant and tranquil. It lies 120km north from Lomé.
The region surrounding Kouma Konda is worth a visit or even a longer stay. Moreover it is situated about one and a half hours from the coast and two hours by car from the parks of the North.
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Missions in Togo - Hanyibga-Todji
The village of Hanyibga-Todji
The village of Hanyigba-Todji is located approximately 9 km from Kpalimé. Situated on a mountain, it is reachable within a 45 minutes taxi motorbike ride, the only means of accessing the village (besides walking), through steep and rocky trails. Hanyigba-Todji has around 5000 inhabitants, who are living in the middle of lush vegetation composed of avocados, banana and cocoa trees. The population earns its income resources from agriculture only and Hanyigba-Todji has a reputation for the nourishment of part of Togo, and even some surrounding countries, with its fruits.
The situation of the village and issues it faces:
The village of Hanyigba-Todji has good farmland and a tropical climate conducive to all year round fruit production, particularly avocados and bananas. The population however does not have adequate income for their production. The buyers effectively impose the purchase prices on farmers, who are often forced to sell off their production.
The farmers don’t have any means of transportation and often wait for a merchant’s truck to show up in the village.
In addition, schools are lacking teachers and the management of schools is often provided by the local population, as well as the payment of salaries of the nurses of the village clinic. Ultimately the main problems derive from the difficulty of accessing the village, as a consequence, resulting in the lack of provision for access to drinking water and electricity.
In former times, dense mountain forest used to cover the entirety of the canton. Generally speaking, poverty has forced villagers to exploit forest resources excessively. Nowadays several phenomena are responsible for the deforestation:
- Cutting to sell charcoal
- Clearance in order to create new agricultural parcels
- Bush fires
The programmes of Urgence Afrique in Hanyigba-Todji:
Programme for economic development: in the first phase the programme concerns the assessment of the diverse economic potential of the town: agriculture, processing of local products, trade, etc. An audit of the local populations needs will also be undertaken, this in collaboration with all groups in the local community: women’s groups, young people, hunters, etc. At the end of this study, a five year plan of development assistance will be drawn up to define the developmental priorities for the town.
Health: The dispensary of Hanyibga-Todji is open daily from 8h to 13h and it offers the basic services of a health centre as well as a tiny maternity ward. Urgence Afrique aims at strengthening the medical structures on site by implementing in particular a continuous presence in the field, through the dispatching of volunteers in an advanced strategy, and also in setting up information campaigns about health risks plus screening operations for the local endemic diseases.
Education: If the primary school group of Hanyibga-Todji seems to meet local needs in terms of capacity and teaching staff, the secondary school is in contrast much worse provided for. At this level there is a crucial lack of basic materials like manuals and school supports as well as a lack of teachers. This situation is due to the fact that the village must finance the secondary entirely alone. Some families face significant difficulties in the financing of their children’s equipment at the start of the school year. Finally some of the children require a personalized school support.
Environment: LThe timber cutting has increased significantly in the village of Hanyibga-Todji in order to grow food crops. The native species of trees have thus almost entirely disappeared. As a consequence the maintenance of bio diversity is becoming a problem. Urgence Afrique wishes to raise awareness in the populations regarding the risks of the degradation of their forest environment and accordingly organize actions of reforestation with them, in order to partially recreate the vegetal cover that originally existed.
You will be greeted at Lomé Airport and taken by car to Kpalimé. The journey will continue then by motorbike from Kpalimé to Hanyibga-Todji. A steep, rocky road leads to the village, through the small forest that borders the road. Depending on your arrival time, the first night will possibly be spent in Kpalimé or Hanyibga-Todji; you will be accommodated in host families, always happy to help you discover their environment and taking care of your meals.
You will be working from Monday to Friday, depending on the constraints of your mission and on the person responsible for your internship. You will work together with the local teams but also with other volunteers. You will be able spend your weekends freely, in order to go on excursions or enjoy the proximity of Kpalimé.On site, outside your working hours, many activities await you: hiking in the surrounding area, discovery of tourist sites; you can also spend your free time with the children outside of school hours. The transport on site will either be by motorbike or by walking.