OUR CURRENT PROJECT
The Village of Tsati
The village of Tsati (cha-tee) is more remote than Dédékè. For the last year they have been working with Liqua Dossoh on organizing their village committees. They are well on their way– having established bank accounts and registering for identification cards. They are cohesive and are working very well together. They have dedicated teachers and headmaster. The villagers help to pay the teacher’s salaries.
Their need is for a proper school building for their children. During a portion of the year — the hot dry season — a thatched–roof structure works fairly well. However, during the rainy season and the Harmattan wind season it provides no protection from the elements. Having a proper school building allows the children to attend school on a consistent basis and helps to protect their books and learning materials while providing them with a safe environment for learning.
GOALS FOR 2012 – 2013
We have identified a very strong candidate for our next project. The village of Tsati (cha-tee) has been holding school in this rudimentary structure (below) for the last fourteen years.
|Existing Classroom in Tsati||Existing Desks and Benches|
Obviously their desire to educate their children is strong. However, given that there is no protection from the elements, the task is difficult at best. Tsati is a remote village. Their village committees are cohesive. They are organized and have strong leadership. There are approximately 90 students. Their need is for three classrooms. We continue to gather information regarding this village in order to make sure they are a match for LeapingStone. Right now, it is looking positive.
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Providing a legacy
LeapingStone is committed to making a lasting difference in the educational needs of children in West Africa. To that end, we have introduced a model of aid that we believe will provide a legacy of self-supporting education in perpetuity.
‘We incorporate local communities in the decision-making process …this is their project.’
How we can achieve this
LeapingStone partner’s with local NGO’s to provide revenue generating programs.
- Entrepreneurship: LeapingStone introduces revenue-generating programs that have proved to be successful in developing economies
- Relevance: We work in cooperation with the individual residents to ensure our programs are locally sustainable and culturally relevant.
- Investment: We incorporate local communities in the decision-making process to ensure that the people we serve know this is their project. Making sure they have a say — as well as contributing time and labor — fosters a culture of ownership and responsibility.
THE VILLAGE OF Dédékè
We have completed our project in the village of Dédékè. Each grade has it’s own classroom and the teachers have an office. There are two cisterns to help with clean drinking water. There are two blocks of latrines and hand – washing stations. The villagers continue to work to learn new skills that will help them to earn the funds necessary to supply the children with the learning materials they need.
We will stay connected to Dédékè through 2014. We will monitor their progress and continue to guide them as they grow.
New Classrooms in Dédékè
THE VILLAGE OF Dédékè
Our first stop
Because Dédékè had an established history of educating its children, it was an ideal candidate for our first project. Dédékè is located approximately 50 km north from the capital city of Lomé, Togo:
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Made up of approximately 100 families, 530 Adults and 187 school-age children, their main occupation has been subsistence farming.
This village now has a permanent primary school facility grades 1 – 6, an administrative office, latrines and hand-washing stations, and two cisterns to aid in clean drinking water for the children. The village committees are working together to expand their income-generating skills. They have acquired a cassava mill and now mill their own cassava to sell as well as being able to offer their milling services to other villages.
Education, village by village
With an emphasis on locally relevant program development, LeapingStone began aid projects at the village level in Dédékè, Togo. We will expand throughout Togo and branch out to other West African communities.