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  1. Togo Don and his wives

    Conan (in the back), Don, Ann, Linda and I went through training together. We were all teachers in different villages.  Linda and I were in the same village.  Don had a great house near the coast and was a wonderful host, so we visited him a lot.  As a result, we were considered to be his wives. 

  2. Togo Good friends

    One of my dissappointments in Togo was that I didn't get to live in a mud hut.  There was a cement factory in Tabligbo that had been built by the Swiss (I think). They had also built several housing developments for the workers.  The housing was not filled, so we were lodged there.  I had a very nice three bedroom villa with running water and a kitchen, but not much furniture.  These are volunteers plus our friend Sim (Ghanaian). 

  3. Togo Welcome to the Savannah Region

    Two girls curiously peer at the stranger while their mother has gone into the cassa ronde to fetch some tchakpa, a fermeted millet drink that she makes herself.

  4. Togo With health volunteers at Kouloumi Dispensaire

    Outside our village health clinic with volunteers trained to do family planning talks

  5. Togo Building wells

    We built 3 hang-dug wells in Kouloumi with the help of Peace Corps Parnerships funds

  6. Togo Fulani Wrestling Match

    I gathered with my fellow volunteers at my friends village, Warangi, in the central region when his family came in for a visit. As is customary, families of Peace Corps volunteers are always welcome with festivities and cultural displays of gratitude. After we marched through town, complete with drums and dancing, we all settled into our plastic lawn chairs to watch a performance of skill and strength. In Fulani wrestling, unlike modern wrestling matches, it is not neccessary to pin the oppo...

  7. Togo Toys for Toddlers

    Who wouldn't think of a hoe as being a good toy for a three year old?

  8. Togo La pesee

    Baby weighing at the Affem Kabye health hut in the Tchamba prefecture, Central Region, Togo. We'd place the baby in a 'pagne' suspended from the Salter scale. Typically the babies would scream bloody murder so we were especially appreciative of baby boy Atchala's behavior and temperament during the weighing. As was usually the case, other kids would look on

  9. Togo Cotton harvest in Affem Kabye

    The Kabye people of Central and northern Togo are known and respected as very hard working people. They take pride in their yam fields covered with enormous yam mounds and they also take pride in their gigantic cotton harvest. What's even more amazing is that most villagers in Affem Kabye do all of the farm work by hand using very primitive tools; only a few in 1995 had the luxury of animal traction to facilitate the farm work. When the cotton company truck comes to the village, the public sp...

  10. Togo Habiye in Affem Kabye, Togo

    Habiye is the male coming of age ceremony that takes place every five years during which 'generations' of boys become men in the eyes of their family and friends. Some of the events include dancing wearing hats made of home-made baskets covered with cow dung and decorated with goat hair; wrestling; chasing down a dog, slaughtering it, cooking it and eating it; and learning to be a Kabiye man.

  11. Togo PCV Naka dancing Kamou in Affem Kabye, Togo

    Here I am dancing Kamou, the end of the harvest dance, with my health counterparts Henou (male community health volunteer) and Adjoua (female community health volunteer and traditional birth attendant). Kamou means drum. We dance counterclock-wise around the drum, swinging tree branches, and keeping the beat with ring-like metal castenettes. In Affem Kabye each village "quartier" (neighborhood) hosts a Kamou during which all the residents wear an outift using a pagne (African print ...

  12. Togo Sacrificial dog as part of Habiye male coming-of-age events

    Habiye is the male coming of age ceremony that takes place every five years during which 'generations' of boys become men in the eyes of their family and friends. Some of the events include dancing wearing hats made of home-made baskets covered with cow dung and decorated with goat hair; wrestling; chasing down a dog, slaughtering it, cooking it and eating it; and learning to be a Kabiye man. In the Kabye culture, only men who have participated in these rites of passage can eat dog. This even...

  13. Togo Naka pounding fufu in her village Affem Kabye, Togo

    I particularly love this photo because fufu was and still is my favorite Togolese delicacy and because Kabye take pride in their enormous African yams. Fufu preparation is quite labor intensive but the time and effort of boiling and pounding the African yams is well worth the wait and the physical labor. My favorite sauce is made with fresh pork, ground peanuts and 'sesame' and hot peppers. Add a little tchouk (homemade millet beer) and eat it under a mango tree

  14. Togo Les gamins

    What's not to love about these adorable kids? When I first arrived in the village they would sing the "Yovo" song to me Yovo yovo bon soir (white person white person good evening) Ca va bien Merci Once we got to know each other, they would sing my name "Naka" and give me "high fives." That sure beats the Yovo song

  15. Togo Nothing like fresh pork

    Meat was a very rare delicacy in my village Affem Kabye but on very special occasions I would join my health counterpart in a pig slaughter and then enjoy a delectable meal eaten with his beautiful wife and his 8 bubbly, contagiously happy children. At one point during my service an entire pick up truck full of PCVs came to visit because they heard we were slaughtering a pig and preparing spicy peanut sauce. Oh c'est bon!

  16. Togo Mom and her poster child for child weighings

    When we first met, I thought this beautiful Fulani mother's young child would die of malnutrition. He was so severely underweight and malnourished that his weight was similar to children a full year younger than he. The health volunteers and I biked to her farm community every month during the dry season to hang a Salter scale from the branch of a tree and weigh all the children. We counseled this mom on enriched porridge, organized a demonstration to prepare the porridge with the farm women,...

  17. Togo Beauty parlor under the mango tree

    These are the adorable children of my health counterpart Henou in my village Affem Kabye. The kids loved to comb, braid, and touch my "silky" hair. My favorite little girl Margueritte put corn silk on her head so her hair would be like mine

  18. Togo Women's Meeting

    Moba women wait patiently for their women's group meeting to start.

  1. Togo Becoming Abla

    A man does what he must to provide for his family. But in the small West African nation of Togo, it goes much deeper than that: each man is assigned a name based on the things he does, and is constantly judged by it. When I began my service as Peace Corps Volunteer in the village of Amegnran more than 15 years ago, I quickly learned that the predominant ethnic group in the area — the Ouatchi — classified every man by his character, work ethic and worth to his neighbors. According to the ...

  2. Togo Take Our Daughters to Work Week

    Hello, my name is Camilla Pearson, the PCV Organizer for the PCPP Project "Take Our Daughters to Work Conference Week" enacted in Togo, West Africa at the end of March 2011. My counterparts and I are really proud of the project and wanted to share our story with you. The conference was held for motivated high school girls in theplateaux region of Togo that were either in their junior or senior years of highschool. Girls at this level of education are somewhat rare in our region (and...

  3. Togo Returning to Togo 20 years later

    I served in Togo from 1991 to 1993 as a Guinea Worm Eradication volunteer. I was in an endemic area; almost everywhere there were people with worms emerging from their arms, legs, and other body parts. This was incapacitating for farmers; they were not able to work in the fields. Now twenty years later I was assigned by the CDC, my current employer, to serve as a temporary international consultant for the World Health Organization to certify the eradication of Guinea Worm disease in Togo. Twe...



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