Centre Des Hommes
What We Need
Welcome to Centre Des Hommes program or projects work camp and volunteer works or activities!
I- Building and construction an Ecological village: Project name is Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes- ECDH and the need of the volunteer is in all seasons along the years.
Project description: The project’s aim is to create a learning and living center for local community and volunteers to improve the development of the population by learning and doing to achieve the sustainable development goals.
The first step of the project was project idea and design. Next step was buying the land where to carry out the project. These phases of the project have been completed, land design ongoing. Also the land has been cultivated and will be more and more in the future to grow different agricultural products (banana trees, plantain trees, turmeric, cassava, pineapples etc) and medicinal plants (noni, moringa, cinnamon etc) to be used for selling, transforming into food supplement etc. The cultivation of the land and organic garden is one part of the learning center’s activity. Good irrigation system in place is needed for successful land cultivation and agriculture. The water management is also essential to prevent any damages to the constructions, the plantation, crop caused by heavy rains; accidents caused for example by falling stones due to the floods etc.
The next/current step (project) of the project is water management to facilitate the project’s implementation:
1. Rainwater management
1.1. Construction of swales
1.2. Construction of the ponds
Controlling and managing the rainwater falls by constructing the swales to direct the rainwater to the ponds taking into account that the land is located on the slope of a mountain. This is relevant during rainy season.
2. River water management
2.1. Cleaning the river side’s and implement the canopy bridge
2.2. Purchasing and installation the water pumping system and plumbing equipment
2.3. Construction of the water towers
2.4. Purchasing and installation of water tanks
Collecting/pumping the water from the river to the tanks supported by the water towers located in the land area. This is relevant during dry season.
The future perspective projects to do for facilitating the ECDH project establishment are: After the water management then will follow the building of residences, ecolodge (upcycle and green building) study hall or room etc.Then training on the ECDH ground moment.
Objective, Beneficiaries and Impacts of the project ECDH: Creating by building a learning and living center to improve the development of the local population through education and social entrepreneurship.
More than 1500 beneficiaries were noticed after our first project community assessment. They are local communities’ individual or group of farmers, artists, school children, pupils or student, volunteers etc.
a) The volunteer activity or work contents for this project ECDH are:
Workforce is needed for this project.
- Land and river’s cleaning
- Land design continuity in different zones
- Water management, design continuity
- Organic garden creation
- Work in agriculture fields and making nursery seedling
- Building shelters with fortunes and ecological materials
- Divers (arts, culture, we organize for you, volunteer local ewe language teaching and there are always we offer sessions to visit nature outing as a mountain, waterfall and we offer possibility session to learn the theory and practice of permaculture principles etc.)
b) Number of volunteer needs of ECDH projects in each season are: Individual and groups up to 20 people per session.
c) The use of the participation fee and the Place of ECDH project:Located in Kpimé-Séva,Kpalimé Kloto Togo. Refer to the boxe of Additional information and fees describe !
Make a donation to the Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes ECDH to support us in our work and social activities.
II- Environmental Education for School Children and people who live in remote villages : PROJECT EESCPLRV
We invite you to join our PROJECT EESCPLRV.
Project description: The project’s aim is to sensitize villagers’, local’s community’s school children to get absolute knowledge of clean environment in which we must live by teaching them how to plant a useful tree that they can use to heal themselves in sickness moment and also teaching about how not good to pollute the environment by throwing inorganic waste. We give education by sensitization about the use of bin and about how to sort waste to put into the bins. This project is held and takes place in a different basic school of several villages around the hosting big village Kpalimé where the volunteers are hosted.During 3 weeks the volunteer(s) coming outside from Togo and the local volunteer(s) together have a role in more than 3 basics schools of different village to teach the whole school children in the school yard about environmental education by sensitization. The same duty and task of the volunteers must be transferred as sensitization in public places often calls in Africa under the palaver tree (under the speakable tree) of the village we visit with the villagers. This project is initiated to instill in pupils and school children (young people) the concepts of environmental protection and ecological thinking from an early age. Volunteers visiting will work in assistance together with the local ones.
Objective, Beneficiaries and Impacts of the PROJECT EESCPLRV:
Increasing and improving the knowledge of making clean our environment where we live and take care of the health of earth and ourselves. Out from three villages’ localities we will raise awareness to more than 700 people in each program of the project PROJECT EESCPLRV ‘’ Environmental Education for School Children and people who live in remote villages.’’ The information about clean environment will be better spread in locals’ communities’ behavior in Togo.
a) The volunteer activity or work contents for this project EESCPLRV are:
- Design work about how to handle the awareness together with local and volunteer coming outside of Togo during the time of the program or the project.
- Working visit of volunteers to schools and the stakeholders of each one the villages where the awareness will happen.
- Design and preparation of the barrels or drums we will use as bin in each one of the school and the village.
- Processing work to make or to buy nursering seedling that we will be plant in school yard
.- Proper activities of awareness work in three different school and village during 21 days of the realization of the project. That means to train students or school children on the components of the environment and their respective roles.
To raise awareness of students or school children on international days related to the environment.
To take actions with pupils or school children in favor of the environment such as planting trees, waste management and maintaining a permanent behavior.
To constitute in each school and village an environmental committee or police for the continuation of the project activities from the departure of volunteers.
- Divers (arts, culture, we organize for you volunteer local ewe language teaching etc.)
b) Number of volunteers needs for EESCPLRV project in each season is: Individual and groups up to 10 peoples per session.
c) The use of the participation fee and the Place of EESCPLRV project: Located in Kpalimé Kloto Togo. Refer to the boxe of Additional information and fees describe.
When & Who
II- Time for EESCPLRV project is: Season of winter, spring and autumn for 21 days volunteer (s) can apply and we can host him or them for the project development during the time desired.
Please learn about our project work camp or program you would like to do before you choose to attend and their time that they are organized.
I) - Building and construction an Ecological village: Project name is Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes- ECDH and the need and the time of the volunteer work activity is in all seasons along the years. That mean you can apply in winter, spring, autumn and summer.
II) - Environmental Education for School Children and people who live in remote villages: PROJECT EESCPLRV and the need and the time of the volunteer work activity is in Winter, Spring and Autumn.
NB: These bellows are only summer activities and the time of the volunteer work activity is in only in summer (from Jun, August or until September).
III) - Renovation and reconstruction of the village schools project
IV) - Literacy tutoring, entertainment for children project.
V) - Special project of summer artistic or cultural work camps.
Who can join us? With us all people who have well a physical, moral ability can participate in our programs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or even sexual orientation.
But we do not accept people linked to criminal activity.
What we Provide
We have a pleasure to inform you that in our volunteering program in Togo, Africa we do not offer any accommodation with full comfort as you usually have at your place. Our accommodation rooms, most of the time built with concrete like a volunteer house (the place where all the volunteers are). The accommodation can be also Homestay where the volunteer can be hosted by families in their house, but in the responsibility of our Organization CDH. Often in the ECDH project volunteer are invited to bring their owns tents to sleep as that project place is in mountain and river area with no concrete house.
The meals we offer are typical African foods whose most of the ingredients are similar to those from your home country. We make food most of the time with or without meat. We cook and eat food out from tubers, cereals, flours, different green sauces, etc. Always we eat healthy food. The food ration consists of breakfast; lunch and dinner, 3 meals a day for each volunteer. The volunteer has the right to give us their choice and food allergy in advance.
Mandatory participation fee for participants
The total cost for short stays of three weeks of each project or program is $1000 USD OR 850 EURO. Before you decide which project or program to purchase about the participation fees, please consider that the program or project Work Camp of the NGO CENTRE DES HOMMES is not a source of profit. It’s made a part of our mission to connect people from all over the four corners of life and with breakthrough ideas that can positively transform the world. If we were to charge what it costs, we would have a price greater than or equal to $1000 USD or 850 EURO to balance expenses and investment costs before and after each project and program. But we do not charge according to that case. We charge so that those who have more means can support the others who are in the need in the spirit of fair- share.
When you pay First of all you make it possible for someone who shares your commitment, but has more limited funds to join in this project work camp of CDH. Your payment also is used to buy the necessary of the program or project work camp due to the fact that we do not receive any funds from anyone. Registration fees, in part, allow covering the expenses of local participants in order to participate in a program they would otherwise never be able to experience. For many of our members of the local community, the program is even more life changing for our foreign volunteers.
Participation fees serve and are used to:
The participation fees serve and are used to:
- Offer the meals of the day for each volunteers present in the project work camp (All foods: three meals a day with breakfast, tea produced by the CDH, lunch and with a full ration for dinner)
- Take charge of the volunteer’s accommodation during the volunteer's stay of 21 days.
- Pay for the materials required for education and construction
- Invest in cultural immersion activities, excursions for the volunteer visiting the CDH program or work camp project and for the local guide!
- Invest in school activities for the volunteer as an educator!
- Pay for awareness and training materials on different themes such as environmental education for school children; the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides to the soil for local residents or village producers etc.
- Support first day of arrival in the country.
NB: The costs of the volunteers do not include the cost of the plane ticket, nor the subsistence costs of the visiting volunteer, nor the costs of visa or its renewal, or the additional costs for personal outing or partying, nor additional artistic workshops during the program or work camp project.
Do not forget to inform us of your arrival time by sending us your reservation with the dates and exact time so that we can pick you up at the airport or at the land border of Togo.
Make a donation to the Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes ECDH to support us in our work and social activities.
Once again, before you decided which project or program to purchase about the participation fees, please consider that the program or project Work Camp of the NGO CENTRE DES HOMMES is not a source of profit. It’s make a part of our mission to connect people from all over the four corners of life and with breakthrough ideas that can positively transform the world. The participation fees are used to finance a great part of the project or the program equipment, catering – accommodation and the management of the specific project or the program.
Cost used planning grouped in percentage by CENTRE DES HOMMES while the project or the program happens.
.Restoration is 40%
.Accommodation is 15%
.Operation of the NGO CDH is 15%
. Project or Program management is 10%
.Donations for projects is 05%
. Project or Program equipment is 15%
* Restoration comes down to the ration with well eating (breakfast, lunch, dinner) of volunteers on the site during their entire stay.
The volunteers are welcomed at Lomé airport and the CENTRE DES HOMMES proposes to intervene if the volunteers must have their visa on the spot of the airport.
The volunteers will be taken to the site of the project and program after all formality of visas and identification of identity for the security of all volunteers.
NB: Please read our project carefully before you decided to join us. Before you decided the work we need you as volunteer to come to do in our project know that your travel into our project has a purpose to learn, to assist and to discover our country Togo always green in any season. After reading choose the project that interest you, write to inform us about your choose concerning your time plan to stay with us. In any of our project or program set up on the ground be sure and assured that you are always accompanied by local volunteer experts in any content for each project to assist you.
Considering that you do not speak French which is the official language in Togo do not worry, we also have experts in our team who will assist you in understanding and are ready to translate French into your original language.
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More Services we Offer
Additional services: Then we wanted to let you know that most of the time it can happen that some additional fees can come down according to the volunteer's own decision about some proposal that we offer to them. We propose additional artistic workshops during the ongoing time of the program that includes drum making workshop, batik design workshop and some other workshop proposal. The drum workshop is about to make djembe African drum with the volunteer who wishes optionally to do it. After the workshop the volunteer know how to make a djembe drum forever and know how to change the skin of any djembe drum. Then the djembe drum belongs to the volunteer. The cost of the djembe drum workshop is $200 for each drum that belongs to the volunteer. The batik workshop is about to create a batik painting (with an African scene or motif), to make a batik fabric as table cloth measurement and to do batik T-shirt with the volunteer own design all together for $150. The three batik items are for the volunteer after the workshop.
* We propose again cultural and artistic additional workshop that you will like to do as African dance, African drum learning, African other music instrument making, etc. let us know in advance then we will let you know how much does it cost before you planning your journey to us in Togo.
* Visa field: To arrive in Togo as people from other country in the world, need a visa to enter the country. And to facilitate the visa obtaining process for you we send you the entire necessary document you might need to start your visa process. We’ll send your invitation letter after we have received your agreement to come into our project work camp. Don’t forget to send us your flight ticket date and time so that we can come to pick you up at the Lomé airport. Don't worry you can have your visa on the spot at Lomé airport.
Other Ways to support us
o Local Tour of the area
Volunteers who arrive are greeted
Short explanation about the tour and guidelines
Explanation how they helping the local community by participating in this tour
Tour is based on the history of the area, and the different types of challenges faced by the local population
o Traditional Cooking Class
Volunteers who arrive are greeted
Short explanation about history of this type cooking
Explanation how they helping the local community by participating in this workshop
Everyone eats :-)
OUR NEED FOR Good Deeds Day
-We Want to have a gramophone to talk for people in public about the dangers pollack over the land degradation on climate change on environmental protection and the use of chemical pesticides or Fertiliser which is harmful to the soil and men.
-We Need to do something for the conservation of soil and we would create the special t-shirts Batik for the cause to people and the batik shirt he will mention global day of the soil '
- we are going to make 100 t-shirts Batik for the purpose and we think to send to you too this kind of t-shirt like as a memory
Our organization have a lot of needs to promote the develpment here!!!
IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE?
We need systems water filter, power solar panels, tools construction / architechture, articles school (books, book permaculture, book of agriculture and others) for children of the village where the event is set up.
The Ngo's Centre Des Hommes grievances (this is not mandatory) to these expatriate volunteers who will arrive on the works camps to make certain objects used their service for the welfare dynamism and office equipment; we need a computer hardware; Computer peripherals digital devices that can repair damage here; With two broken laptop we can make one good laptop here for new local member.
Additional Info about Us
The staff is composed of the council of administration, the executive director, the person in charge of treasury, secretariat. Permanent managers with the following duties:
- The coordinator of projects, programs and our activities management
- The manager responsible for taking care about the cooking, kitchen and all stuff about catering.
- The committee responsible for welcoming volunteers as soon as they arrive at our land borders, to help volunteers with visa formalities and visa renewals.
1- Health: Have with you yellow vaccination record notebook or simply health certificate. Volunteers who will be in good health and that do not vaccinate may also come to the Works camp site of the NGO CENTER DES HOMMES simply if they are healthy and this by a health certificate. 2- How to get to KPALIME: A young group of the NGO CENTRE DES HOMMES will be at the airport on your arrival and will take you to the hosting place. Volunteers who did not receive their visa of Togo before travel to Togo can of course receive their visa for one days at the entrance border of Togo but need to renew it the next day mandatory. Give us your flight date and time on arriving in Togo then you will be greeted at the airport by our committee. 3- Various : -The volunteers are supported only as of the effective start date of the program or the project work camp for a total of 21 days for the project during a month's stay. -The volunteer is required to stay on project work camp site until the end of the day of the program or project work camp except in cases of major force: Disease, emergency return problem etc. - Housing will be offered on every work camp site by host communities in a village house as usual or in a school. - The Association will provide beds but remember to bring sleeping bag for personal comfort. -The projects are traduced or translated in different languages: From French to English - German- Italian- Spanish. - Free time (weekends): visiting market, crafts, walking in the forest, canoe ride, ride to the mountains and sightseeing.
- Solidarity is our first password. For us it's more than just tourist travel that volunteer who come to undertake this trip is a useful, responsible and humanitarian traveling. This trip to Togo is a rich experience that shows a lot about how to learn a little more about yourselves what we are and that will change your life everyday.
Yes with us summer (from Jun, August or until September) is special and great time for hosting volunteers. We offer and organize in summer season special program and project work camp with summer activities that require a group of volunteer up to 30 people’s locals and international volunteers. These summer activities last; Project duration 21 days and volunteer stays until 31 days and are:
- Renovation and reconstruction of the village schools whose school children suffer during bad weather which make the course difficult for them to follow: This project consists of renovating or reconstructing of schools in remote villages in order to allow school children to follow the lessons well. This project welcomes almost 30 local volunteers as well as those who are coming from outside Togo to come and carry out the renovation project.
- Literacy tutoring, entertainment for children: This project consists of raising the educational level and the language gaps of the children during their vacation to stay at home in summer. This project helps school children to maintain a taste for school. Volunteers can make the course in French or English.
- Special project of summer artistic or cultural work camps: This project consists in introducing Togolese art and culture to the volunteer willing to be in this program; who during their 1 month stay can learn through art workshops (Togolese visual arts, making drum, batiks etc.), culture workshops (Togolese dance, cooking, language etc.) and special visits or excursions nature.
We are CENTRE DES HOMMES (CDH) Non Governmental Organization based in Togo, West Africa working for the sustainable development of the population through our different means of realizations to achieve our goals which, one important of them is volunteering. We are looking for international volunteers willing, to provide consciousness, support and assistance and to bring competencies and helps to the most vulnerable populations throughout a collective participation project or program in the work field of Education – Ecology – Agriculture - Environment - Cultural and Social Enterprise business.
The Volunteers are needed for short and long term stays to provide consciousness support, assistance, competencies and helps to local communities in needs after our CDH team assessment.
Any volunteers who will come to our project or program must receive an invitation letter which will be signed by the Executive Director of CDH. This invitation letter contains the reason of the travel, the duration and so one. In addition, of invitation letter some other documents can be sent to the volunteer or can be require from the volunteer as a proof and evidence to enter the country. We invite you to contact us and make sure that you hold the necessary documentation before you take off from your country to Togo.
With us CDH we organize different project or program along the year or in each seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn) that the volunteers can choose according to how we set up the volunteers’ numbers (how many volunteer) needs, according to the time or season, according to the place, according to participation fee and according to the work activity in any specific project or program.