I felt there was so much more work to be done, both on the ground and back in the UK to build awareness of the problems faced by communities in rural Togo. We wanted to stay longer, to make a bigger impact, but we know that we can make a difference through our partnership with IADES and the support we garner in the UK.
The experience is one I will never forget – being greeted by women bursting into song, singing ‘Bonne Arriveé’; being showered with petals as we arrived in Abobo, testing the kids on their geography lessons and the headmaster asking me to stay and teach.
Many hours were spent in Christian’s cramped office devising our strategic and financial plans to make IADES self-sustainable. It was an exhausting week but there was lots of laughter and Deki’s partnership with IADES was strengthened through our work with the communities and the groups we seek to help.
I recognise that an accident of birth meant I have had a privilege of an education and I am proud to be part of Deki’s work to improve opportunities, especially for women and girls in Togo.
Life has been tough for everyone this year, but Covid-19 has had a big impact on IADES and on people running their small businesses in Togo. Your donation will help them to achieve their goals.