Monday, 16 April 2018

Togo: Journeys to the Damonou Distribution

The sun rises hot in Togo. We left early this morning for our distribution in Damonu 130km north of Lome. If felt a bit grumbly - a combination of our early rise and a somewhat unsettled stomach. But off we went. Two hours later we arrived at the distribution site and my petty concerns about my own circumstances quickly gave way to what I discovered of others. 

A team from our volunteer partner group had loaded 500 bedkits into their truck in Lome and departed at midnight - arriving in Damonu for 5:00 a.m. to ensure the site could be set up for our arrival. During the distribution, I interviewed an older man and woman who had left their mountain villages at 6:00 a.m. and walked 15km with their children over high terrain to arrive at the distribution site. Then they had to wait anywhere up to two hours until their children received their bedkits before they could turn around for the long walk home. 

Such is the value of the bedkits our donors generously provide that both local volunteer participants and recipients undertake such notable efforts to ensure they get to those who need them throughout Togo

Team Togo 2018
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