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30.08.2022 Mission ILO Fountain begins

It all starts on September 4 - Michel Frenzel-Assih, the chairman of our association, flies to Togo. He has four weeks time there to initiate new projects. The highlight will be the ceremonial commissioning of the WILO well on September 17. David Höltgen from the WILO Foundation, which has been a major sponsor of the well, will be present himself, and as at previous ceremonies, many dignitaries have been invited. Board members Carmen Steinhäußer and Kathrin Wich will also come to Togo for the inauguration. For Carmen Steinhäußer, the treasurer of the association, it is interesting to see how the six-figure sum invested by Kekeli projects in Klologo so far has been invested. The two women from Hof will contribute their professional experience and hold workshops, among other things on the topics of PCs and social media, because Klologo now has the Internet, the establishment of a school garden and healthy nutrition, sustainable management - here, among other things, the jackfruit trees that were planted by the girls. Workshops on hygiene are also planned. Further, a drying house will be presented, which guarantees that crops and seeds dry without rotting. The program also includes an in-depth evaluation of the girls' project section on sex education and contraception. All events and activities will be reported continuously in the travel blog here on our website, photos are guaranteed!

20.08.2022 Showers and toilets at the Centre de Santé

For first aid, for outpatient treatment and also as a day clinic, the Centre de Santé (health center) in Klologo serves, for example, for births. If there is no clean water, this makes the work much more difficult. As reported several times, the third well for Klologo is currently under construction, with generous financial support from the WILO Foundation and WILO SE. The "WILO well" is being built directly next to the Centre de Santé; the supply of clean water will significantly improve hygiene there. However, hygienically clean toilets and showers are also important at a place where sick people are treated. Also for visitors. The building under the management of Médecins d'Afrique contains two toilets and showers, but they have never been used due to lack of water supply. And two toilets and showers are not enough either. With a private donation, our association has now had a small sanitary complex built next to the Centre de Santé; water pipes also supply the sanitary facilities in the building, of course.

19.08.2022 August 19: World Humanitarian Day

"Twice as many people are dependent on humanitarian aid today than three years ago. For many, this is literally a matter of life and death" writes German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on this occasion, "in light of this development, now is not the time to cut back on humanitarian aid, even if we have to tighten our belts in many areas." For years, Germany has been the second largest humanitarian donor in the world after the United States. We Germans can be proud of that!

19.08.2022 UNESCO Master Prize for Aboudou Yaovi from Klologo

The Scientific Council of the UNESCO Chair "Shared Development Challenges: Knowledge, Understanding, Action" has awarded six Master Prizes during its fourth edition. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and the French Development Agency (AFD), six master's students were recognized for their research and received six prizes worth EUR 650 each to reward and encourage the writing of articles from their theses. One of the honorees is Aboudou Yaovi, University of Lomé, who is from Klologo. He was the presenter of the festive event at the inauguration of our first two fountains in January 2020. Energy wood and climate change The study is a contribution to the analysis of the energy wood sector and the impact of its consumption on vegetation cover and climate. The methodology used combines different tools for data collection such as documentation, observation, analysis of satellite images, cartography and GIS, statistical tools, interviews and survey of 139 households. For the study of climate variability, time series were analyzed at different time steps from 1970 to 2019 from the synoptic station in Tabligbo. The study found that in Yoto Prefecture in southern Togo, climate change is characterized by the rapid increase of 1°C in average temperatures between 1970 and 2019 and the variation of rainfall in the same period between 674 mm in 1977 and 1428 mm in 2019. The population resorts massively to energy wood (91.37% for wood and 6.47% for charcoal). The use of these fuels leads to a strong pressure on wood resources and to an amplification of the effects of climate change.

13.08.2022 The WILO fountain is complete!

The heart of the well has arrived: Michel Frenzel-Assih, (center) the chairman of our association, was able to receive the pump from Production Manager Mi chael Müller (left) at the WILO plant in Hof. Sabine Hofmann (right) represented her boss Thomas Lang, Group Vice President Group Market Segment Management, at the appointment. The disruptions in the supply chain that are currently noticeable worldwide had severely delayed the production of the solar-powered submersible pump for the deep bore well. But now the WILO well is complete! The costs for the third and last well, which will supply Klologo with urgently needed fresh water, are shared by the WILO Foundation with a generous donation, WILO SE with the donation in kind, a private donor and our association. The well will be ceremonially inaugurated on September 17 - of course we will report!

13.08.2022

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The

Internet

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13.08.2022 Useful vacations - stop early pregnancies

As part of the Kekeli program "Vacances utiles" (Useful Holidays), a team from the state-run Action Santé pour Tous (Action Health for All) came to the girls' house to sensitize the young girls in the village to the issue of early pregnancy. The declared goal of Kekeli and our partners in Klologo is to drastically reduce the very high number of early pregnancies in Togo and to enable more and more girls to graduate from school.

10.08.2022 PC courses for all ages

Azoli Yéyé, our girls' house, is currently well occupied: the basic PC courses now take place during the school vacations, and as you can see, also for the younger children. It’s nice to see here the beautiful tables made of local teak wood, crafted by local carpenters.

29.07.2022 The Computer ABC

The summer holidays are a good time to take a PC course - for girls and boys in Klologo, a new beginner's computer course recently started, offered by Kekeli Togo for them. The girls' house serves as the teaching venue. The young people are introduced to computers; the gap between the big city and the countryside is thus narrowed, they are less disadvantaged compared to the pupils of better-equipped schools in the big city.

29.07.2022 132 years to go!

Do women have the same rights as men when it comes to health, education, economic participation and political participation? The International Economic Fund answers this question with its Gender Gap Report, which analyses 146 countries, 102 of which have been part of the report since its launch in 2006. The new Gender Gap Report, just published in July, again analyses four key dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunities, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Participation. The result: "By 2022, the global gender gap will have closed by 68.1%. At the current rate of progress, it will take 132 years to reach full parity," we read. This is no improvement: in 2020, it was assumed that the gender gap would be closed within 100 years. There is a lack of opportunities for political participation At 22% out of 100, the largest gap globally remains in the area of political participation, the second largest (60.3%) in the area of economic participation and opportunity. Health and survival is almost on par at 95.8%, while educational attainment reaches 94.4%. Top ten: Iceland is ranked first in the Gender Gap Index 2022, followed by Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, Rwanda and Nicaragua. Eighth place is held by Namibia, then comes Ireland and then Germany. And Togo? Let's see where Togo stands: in 91st place out of 146 worldwide. Political participation puts Togo in 80th place, and in the educational attainment sector, Togo unfortunately still lands in 136th place! In health, however, we see Togo in a remarkable 33rd place, and in economic participation even in 13th place! That's great! ( https://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2022.pdf )

14.07.2022 The WILO well in focus

The website of the WILO Foundation (www.wilo-foundation.de) recently published an article on the construction of the WILO well at the Centre de Santé in Klologo. We may take it over: http://www.wilo-foundation.de/aktuelles/news-details.html

06.07.2022 We have a crane that does it...

... but in Klologo, the builders do it themselves: with their combined efforts, they hoist the heavy 10,000-litre tank for the WILO well onto the water tower. At summer temperatures in the 40-degree range! Respect, we can only say!

18.06.2022 Meeting with super cake

Carmen Steinhäußer, treasurer of Kekeli Togo e.V., had a great idea for the annual general meeting of the association - by the way, the first since its foundation in early summer 2019, because of Corona. For the meeting in the Trogen community centre on Sunday, 12 June, the treasurer of the association invited those gathered to coffee and cake, including this impressive cake. The external cake baker then immediately put this beautiful work on her website. A total of 23 people came to the meeting; some were probably already on holiday. The auditors confirmed the cash reports for the years 2019, 2020, 2021, and the treasurer was discharged. The annual reports were presented to the members; the chairperson Michel Kossih Frenzel-Assih presented the current projects, which we report on here on the website.

17.06.2022 The local press was there

The spokesperson for the three villages that now get clean water with the WILO well says in response to the question: How do the residents of Kpodji, Mamissi and Mongomé feel about the clean water supply? "It is an indescribable joy that it is now our turn after the districts of Gatipémé, Agboglanpémé and Gassimé! We can't believe our luck. Finally, we will no longer have to provide ourselves with dirty, contaminated water. And we are very happy that we will have fewer infections and that our children, especially the girls, will now come to school on time because the way to the water is much shorter. We thank WILO and Kekeli very much for such a wonderful gift. We will take good care of it."

24.05.2022 Personal meeting

For the realisation of the Kekeli Togo projects we could already - thankfully! - we have been able to count on the support of several foundations. But it is rather rare for people to meet and exchange ideas in person. Evi Hoch (board member) and David Höltgen (employee) from the WILO Foundation, which is based at the company's headquarters in Dortmund, managed a personal meeting in Hof. For Kekeli Togo, the WILO Foundation is an important donor of wells; with the third deep bore well currently being built in Klologo, all districts will be supplied with clean water! Culture as a location factor The WILO-Foundation has a wide range of foundation purposes (http://www.wilo-foundation.de), including culture as a location factor. In Hof, the programme included a workshop with the Hof Symphony Orchestra and a concert evening; the workshop and the concert were both aimed at the WILO Foundation's German scholarship holders from Hof University of Applied Sciences as well as WILO trainees and work-study students. In between, there was time for a meeting with Kekeli Togo; for which we are very grateful. It was a very interesting and motivating exchange! The photo shows, from left, David Höltgen (WILO Foundation), Ulrike Auffhammer and Michel Frenzel -Assih (Kekeli Togo) and Evi Hoch (WILO Foundation).

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4.05.2022 The girls in Klologo take care of their "girls' house".

- on a recent Saturday, they got together again for the big clean-up.

20.05.2022 Construction progress:

The shower and toilet facility with two cubicles each is being built at the Centre de Santé in Klologo. The WILO well right next to it - it is currently under construction - makes it possible!

17.05.2022 The WILO well: work has begun.

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5.05.2022 Jackfruit trees for the girls

Jackfruit trees grow quickly - after three to four years you can harvest the huge fruits. So the girls in Klologo who sowed jackfruit seeds in the ground from Route National to the high school on Labour Day will soon be able to harvest from "their" tree. Each girl has "her" own tree, which she is responsible for taking care of. The action on 1 May was made possible by donations of jackfruit seeds by Father Christian, a monk from the monastery in Zogbegan and brother of the Kekeli Togo Chairman. The Benedictine monastery has often cared for the girls of the Kekeli Girls Project and has been involved in the Kekeli Togo Girls Project. Jackfruit The fruit is not only eaten, but the seeds can be boiled and then roasted and eaten as a snack. It has a unique taste. To vegans in Europe, jackfruit is known as a meat substitute. The fruit grows on the branches and main trunk of the jackfruit tree, which can grow up to 15 metres high, and can weigh up to 50 kilos - it is the largest tree fruit in the world.

24.04.2022 Absolutely watch - the forest maker

A film by Volker Schlöndorff was recently shown in cinemas that is definitely worth seeing: "Der Waldmacher" (The Forest Maker) is the name of a documentary about the Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo, who went to Niger in 1981 to fight the growing spread of deserts and the misery of the population. The film gives wonderful insights into the lives of the people, into the problems of reforestation - without the willingness of the population, the best idea is useless. With willingness, however, the impossible can be made possible. A soothing, thought-provoking film: the smiling faces of the people during the encounters, the attentive silence of those gathered, including the children, when someone speaks... Watch!

22.04.2022 22. April – Earth Day

"Every moment is an opportunity to organise, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world." - Dolores Huerta

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1.04.2022 The WILO well: Here we go!

The symbolic laying of the foundation stone at the site of the borehole near the Centre de Santé took place; Togbui Messan Robert Gati IV, the Chief du Village, laid the stone. At a meeting to which he had gathered the entire village, the construction sections for digging the pipelines were divided. The well, donated by the WILO Foundation and the Hof-based company WILO SE, will now provide water to those parts of the village that previously had none. This requires digging a fairly extensive pipe system with water points - the men from the village do this on a voluntary basis. With this third deep bore well, Klologo will then be completely supplied with fresh water!

26.03.2022 Saturday, 26 March, 20:30: Lights out!

Every year, a countdown takes place around the world to celebrate Earth Hour and perform a symbolic action: turning off the lights. But it is so much more than that. It is a symbol of unity. It is a symbol of hope. It is a demonstration of the power of collective action for our future and that of our planet. And this year, above all, it is a symbol of peace - lights out for a peaceful planet!

26.03.2022 Access to education, a human right

The sad news recently was: The Taliban keep the secondary schools for girls closed, girls in Afghanistan are further excluded from education and training. There is a statement on the decision by the foreign ministers of Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Kosovo, Malawi, Mongolia, New Zealand, Sweden, Tonga and the United Kingdom, which states, among other things: "Access to education is a human right that every woman and girl is entitled to. At the individual level, girls' education and women's participation lead to a better life, help alleviate economic problems for their families and form the basis for the enjoyment of social rights and political representation. On a collective level, girls' and women's education can contribute to the development and well-being of the country, as well as to peace, security and social justice. No country can afford not to harness the potential and talents of all its citizens." This fits perfectly with the philosophy of Kekeli Togo: we specifically support girls in our girls' project and also enable them to attend school by providing financial aid to their parents, because if money is lacking, it is the girls who are the first to be taken out of school.

22.03.2022 - World Water Day

World Water Day, proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992 and celebrated every 22 March since 1993, draws attention to the importance of this vital resource. This year, the motto is "Our groundwater: the invisible treasure". 2.3 billion people now live in countries with water scarcity, 733 million of them in countries with high and critical water scarcity. Water scarcity is set to worsen as rapidly growing urban areas put severe pressure on neighbouring water resources. Climate change and bioenergy demand are expected to exacerbate the already complex relationship between global development and water demand. What can we do? Use water carefully and perhaps donate it: Many non-profit organisations are fighting the global water crisis. Like here in Klologo, "our" village in Togo, where we have drilled wells with donations: The young people in the photo are happy that they can finally wash their hands under running, clean water. The health effects are enormous, and measurable!

15.03.2022 A YES to girls' education

A 5-kilometre run for girls under 12 with 51 participants, one for the over-12s (36 girls), a theatre sketch and a lecture, both about the importance of education for girls, as well as a feast for all 300 present - when the girls from the Kekeli Girls Project invited to the Women's Day on Saturday, the programme was big, and so was the response. The winners were honoured and all participants were given their own water bottle. Footballs were given to the girls' football team, sports and training equipment to the boys and girls. In keeping with the spirit of the Kekeli Girls' Project, the Chef du Village emphasised in his welcoming speech how important it is to promote girls in order to turn them into pillars for society. This was followed by a presentation on "Women's Rights"; a delegation from the prefecture had come.

15.03.2022 For Pascaline Bocco, the first wheelchair in the village...

She has been paralysed since she contracted polio as a child, but now she can get around in a wheelchair: Kekeli Togo donated a wheelchair to Pascaline Bocco. "She is always very committed; when the men in the village dig the trenches for the water pipes, she is the one who cooks food for the men," says Michel Frenzel-Assih, the chairman of the association. The wheelchair was presented to the young woman, who runs a small bread bakery and shop, at the "Women's Day" festival organised by the girls of the village.

08.03.2022 Women's Day

On this Women's Day, colleagues, let us remember the women around the world who are fleeing with their children, who fear for their lives and the lives of their husbands and sons. What they are going through is unimaginable. Let us realise how good we have it, who are allowed to live in peaceful circumstances. And if the children or the partner are annoying us today, if hectic determines our day and work is stressful, let us rejoice in the normality that we are allowed to live! What a blessing! Therefore: Let us be especially grateful, tolerant and peaceful today.

05.03.2022 A new school building for Klologo

That happened quickly: At the beginning of September, Reiner Meutsch, the founder of the Fly & Help Foundation, which builds schools all over the world, was invited to Fernwehpark in Unterkotzau near Hof as a guest of honour - he flew in by helicopter; he also flies to the inauguration of "his" schools himself. (Definitely worth seeing: www.fly-and-help.de) We met him at the appointment, told him briefly about Kekeli Togo and our projects, and gave him a brochure. Two months later, we were invited to submit an application for funding - and now we got the promise that the school in Klologo will be advertised from late autumn: Reiner Meutsch will give lectures to raise funds for the construction of the school. A school building with four classrooms is to be built. What a joy!

19.02.2022 The WILO well: Water for the infirmary

The "Centre de Santé" in Klologo, a pharmacy, on-call practice and day clinic in one, is getting a water connection: A well is being drilled in the immediate vicinity of the building. A great wish of those responsible at the facility, which is managed and sponsored by "Médecins d'Afrique", for better hygiene will be fulfilled! Construction will start in March; construction time: two months. In Klologo, two solar-powered wells donated by Kekeli Togo with a pipe system supply several parts of the village - the pipe trenches were dug by hand by the men in the village! (The wells, one of them with a pump donated by WILO SE, were ceremonially commissioned in January 2020; we reported). The new well, which can now be built with the kind support of the WILO Foundation, Dortmund, and for which WILO SE is again providing a high- quality solar pump, will supply fresh drinking water not only to the Centre de Santé, but also to the remaining three districts. Measurable health effects The beneficial, direct effects of clean water on the health of the population and especially on the pupils of the middle and high school can be clearly seen and verified after two years on the basis of the documents of the Centre de Santé and the school management. (Our photo shows the water point at the school). For pupils from districts with water, for example, absenteeism due to illness in the sixth grade is 40% of girls and boys, while for youngsters from districts with water, the proportion went down to 10% and 8% respectively. As far as the illnesses themselves are concerned, the number of diarrhoeal diseases, the most widespread consequence of contaminated water, decreased drastically in the districts with water supply. Infectious skin and eye diseases are now also much less common in the water-supplied districts. On time to class Another concrete advantage is the connection to a water supply: Tardiness and school absences are reduced. Whether there is fresh water or not affects girls in particular. The number of tardies among girls in the districts without water is alarmingly high: they have to fetch water in the morning from an old surface well or pond - both not hygienic water sources! - and sometimes have to walk one and a half kilometres. These delays affect performance. The lateness accumulates, the schoolgirls lose touch; this leads, in addition to early pregnancies, which our girls' project addresses, to increased school dropouts among girls in the districts without piped water. The new "WILO" well will remedy this!

19.02.2022 More practical with tiles

Fetching water without standing in the wet earth: The wells along the pipeline networks that supply several districts of Klologo with fresh water will be equipped with a small catch basin and tiled throughout; this way they are more practical to use. A donation from a member of Kekeli Togo e.V. made the renovation possible, which is also aesthetically pleasing. As the photo shows, the water point is also equipped with a water pipe at overhead height: The women and girls fetching water fill the vessel they carry on their heads directly from above. (The photo shows a water point directly on Route Nationale).

19.02.2022 Small amounts add up...

Doing good without it costing extra: You can do this by shopping via Amazon Smile or Gooding. This is what some people do who are well-disposed towards us, whether they are members of the association or not - in any case, we received EUR 230 via Amazon Smile and EUR 170 via Gooding into the association's coffers! We say thank you! (On the homepage of our website you can find out how to do it...)

18.01.2022 16 January - Well Jubilee in Klologo

16 January is a special day in Klologo: On 16 January 2020, the two Kekeli deep bore wells were inaugurated. We want to know if the beneficial effects of fresh water on the health of the population can also be measured. Oh yes, it can be measured, according to reports we received from Klologo. With water: decrease in infections For example, the school administration reports that absenteeism due to illness at the middle and high school varies greatly: For pupils from districts with water, absenteeism due to illness in the first grade, for example, is 40% for girls and 40% for boys; for young people from districts with water, the figures are 10% and 8% respectively. As far as the diseases themselves are concerned, the number of diarrhoeal diseases, the most widespread consequence of contaminated water, decreased drastically in the districts with wells or water supply. Infectious skin diseases and eye diseases also occur much less frequently in the water-supplied districts. Dehydration was only treated in the non- supplied districts. With water: decrease in tardiness and school dropouts Whether or not fresh water is available affects girls in particular. The number of tardies among girls in the districts without water is alarmingly high: they have to fetch water in the morning from an old surface well or pond - both not hygienic water sources! - and sometimes have to walk one and a half kilometres. These delays affect performance; especially since in the districts without fresh water, girls often stay at home when they have their periods, thus missing classes again - for lack of hygiene facilities. These absences accumulate, the students lose touch; this, in addition to early pregnancies, which our girls' project addresses, leads to increased school dropouts among girls. With water: healthy nutrition through more vegetables Increasingly, the women in Klologo are beginning to use the water to water their gardens, to plant vegetable beds for their own consumption or to sell at the market. They work closely together and exchange their first experiences. There are plans for a school garden as well as for a plantation of olive trees for a cooperative of the village women. The soil is fertile!

07.01.2022 A song of praise for Kekeli

Matthias, the son of our main contact person from the CVD in Klologo, has written and set to music a true hymn of praise - to the chairman of our association Kekeli Togo, Michel Frenzel-Assih, the "saviour of Klologo", as he calls him, and to Kekeli Togo and all its supporters and donors. The young man, who is studying business administration in Lomé, performed the song on 1 January after the New Year's run. The audience: the village community and the young runners who had taken part in the 4000-metre cross, as well as the Chef du Village, the team from the CVD, our local project partner, and the Girls' Committee, which looks after our girls' project. "Klologo, you are blessed by the hand of God. God sent His only Son to save us, but Klologo has received His special Saviour: Michel Frenzel-Assih! Thank you, thank you and all your partners, thank you, thank you!" is a refrain of the bilingual song (many of the adult residents of Klologo are illiterate and speak only Ewe, no French; children learn French only in school). The text: Thanks for the Kekeli Projects Thanks are given for the wells that guarantee health, for the school education secured (through our girls' project), for the small loans with which we help to build livelihoods, for the supply of food in the first COVID summer, for the equipment of the football teams (girls and boys) and for the girls' house. The opening and closing refrains of the song refer to the name of our association: Kekeli means divine light in Ewe: "Kekeli, kekeli ɖe wo nyo kekeli te viviti ɖa ga kekeli klin: (Kekeli, as the name says: we were in darkness, then Kekeli came, and now everything shines for us)". The praise of our association underlines the fact that in the two and a half years of its existence and work, Kekeli has already become a "brand" with a high recognition value in Klologo, a constant that is counted on in the village. The entire population stands behind our projects. And that can only be good in terms of the desired sustainability! Two years of fresh water Two years ago, 16 January was a very important day in Klologo: On 16 January 2019, our two wells in Klologo were inaugurated in a very festive way! They supply three parts of the village with a large network of pipes. We had "stumped up" the deep-drilled wells with funds from our own ranks; the Wilo company donated us a submersible pump with solar drive; the M&M company took care of its transport. Our partner CVD has set up a maintenance and monitoring team for the wells. Once a year, the water tanks and the solar cells are professionally cleaned; the (small) contributions that are levied as a lump sum for water withdrawal are not intended for any repairs. More and more, the water is also used to irrigate small fields and gardens; the women in the parts of the village with wells can expand their vegetable cultivation for their own family needs and also for sale at the market.

05.01.2022 And another new tradition: the New Year's Run

After the Christmas feast, now the girls' New Year's run - in Klologo, community life becomes more intense. And again and again, Azoli Yéyé, the girls' centre, serves as a meeting place. This is also the case with the girls' New Year's run. The 4000-metre cross-country run was held for two age groups: Girls under and over twelve ran. Most of them ran barefoot or with flip-flops... 70 girls took part in total, as well as 20 boys who took part without scoring. The winners were presented with prizes - by the Chef du Village and by representatives of the Girls' Committee.
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30.08.2022 Mission ILO Fountain begins

It all starts on September 4 - Michel Frenzel-Assih, the chairman of our association, flies to Togo. He has four weeks time there to initiate new projects. The highlight will be the ceremonial commissioning of the WILO well on September 17. David Höltgen from the WILO Foundation, which has been a major sponsor of the well, will be present himself, and as at previous ceremonies, many dignitaries have been invited. Board members Carmen Steinhäußer and Kathrin Wich will also come to Togo for the inauguration. For Carmen Steinhäußer, the treasurer of the association, it is interesting to see how the six-figure sum invested by Kekeli projects in Klologo so far has been invested. The two women from Hof will contribute their professional experience and hold workshops, among other things on the topics of PCs and social media, because Klologo now has the Internet, the establishment of a school garden and healthy nutrition, sustainable management - here, among other things, the jackfruit trees that were planted by the girls. Workshops on hygiene are also planned. Further, a drying house will be presented, which guarantees that crops and seeds dry without rotting. The program also includes an in-depth evaluation of the girls' project section on sex education and contraception. All events and activities will be reported continuously in the travel blog here on our website, photos are guaranteed!

20.08.2022

Showers

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toilets

at

the

Centre

de Santé

For first aid, for outpatient treatment and also as a day clinic, the Centre de Santé (health center) in Klologo serves, for example, for births. If there is no clean water, this makes the work much more difficult. As reported several times, the third well for Klologo is currently under construction, with generous financial support from the WILO Foundation and WILO SE. The "WILO well" is being built directly next to the Centre de Santé; the supply of clean water will significantly improve hygiene there. However, hygienically clean toilets and showers are also important at a place where sick people are treated. Also for visitors. The building under the management of Médecins d'Afrique contains two toilets and showers, but they have never been used due to lack of water supply. And two toilets and showers are not enough either. With a private donation, our association has now had a small sanitary complex built next to the Centre de Santé; water pipes also supply the sanitary facilities in the building, of course.

19.08.2022

August

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World

Humanitarian

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"Twice as many people are dependent on humanitarian aid today than three years ago. For many, this is literally a matter of life and death" writes German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on this occasion, "in light of this development, now is not the time to cut back on humanitarian aid, even if we have to tighten our belts in many areas." For years, Germany has been the second largest humanitarian donor in the world after the United States. We Germans can be proud of that!

19.08.2022

UNESCO

Master

Prize

for

Aboudou

Yaovi from Klologo

The Scientific Council of the UNESCO Chair "Shared Development Challenges: Knowledge, Understanding, Action" has awarded six Master Prizes during its fourth edition. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and the French Development Agency (AFD), six master's students were recognized for their research and received six prizes worth EUR 650 each to reward and encourage the writing of articles from their theses. One of the honorees is Aboudou Yaovi, University of Lomé, who is from Klologo. He was the presenter of the festive event at the inauguration of our first two fountains in January 2020. Energy wood and climate change The study is a contribution to the analysis of the energy wood sector and the impact of its consumption on vegetation cover and climate. The methodology used combines different tools for data collection such as documentation, observation, analysis of satellite images, cartography and GIS, statistical tools, interviews and survey of 139 households. For the study of climate variability, time series were analyzed at different time steps from 1970 to 2019 from the synoptic station in Tabligbo. The study found that in Yoto Prefecture in southern Togo, climate change is characterized by the rapid increase of 1°C in average temperatures between 1970 and 2019 and the variation of rainfall in the same period between 674 mm in 1977 and 1428 mm in 2019. The population resorts massively to energy wood (91.37% for wood and 6.47% for charcoal). The use of these fuels leads to a strong pressure on wood resources and to an amplification of the effects of climate change.

13.08.2022 The WILO fountain is complete!

The heart of the well has arrived: Michel Frenzel-Assih, (center) the chairman of our association, was able to receive the pump from Production Manager Michael Müller (left) at the WILO plant in Hof. Sabine Hofmann (right) represented her boss Thomas Lang, Group Vice President Group Market Segment Management, at the appointment. The disruptions in the supply chain that are currently noticeable worldwide had severely delayed the production of the solar-powered submersible pump for the deep bore well. But now the WILO well is complete! The costs for the third and last well, which will supply Klologo with urgently needed fresh water, are shared by the WILO Foundation with a generous donation, WILO SE with the donation in kind, a private donor and our association. The well will be ceremonially inaugurated on September 17 - of course we will report!

13.08.2022

There

is

now

a

transmission

tower

at

the

girls'

house

in

Klologo.

The

Internet

is

here!

13.08.2022

Useful

vacations

-

stop

early

pregnancies

As part of the Kekeli program "Vacances utiles" (Useful Holidays), a team from the state-run Action Santé pour Tous (Action Health for All) came to the girls' house to sensitize the young girls in the village to the issue of early pregnancy. The declared goal of Kekeli and our partners in Klologo is to drastically reduce the very high number of early pregnancies in Togo and to enable more and more girls to graduate from school.

10.08.2022 PC courses for all ages

Azoli Yéyé, our girls' house, is currently well occupied: the basic PC courses now take place during the school vacations, and as you can see, also for the younger children. It’s nice to see here the beautiful tables made of local teak wood, crafted by local carpenters.

29.07.2022 The Computer ABC

The summer holidays are a good time to take a PC course - for girls and boys in Klologo, a new beginner's computer course recently started, offered by Kekeli Togo for them. The girls' house serves as the teaching venue. The young people are introduced to computers; the gap between the big city and the countryside is thus narrowed, they are less disadvantaged compared to the pupils of better- equipped schools in the big city.

29.07.2022 132 years to go!

Do women have the same rights as men when it comes to health, education, economic participation and political participation? The International Economic Fund answers this question with its Gender Gap Report, which analyses 146 countries, 102 of which have been part of the report since its launch in 2006. The new Gender Gap Report, just published in July, again analyses four key dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunities, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Participation. The result: "By 2022, the global gender gap will have closed by 68.1%. At the current rate of progress, it will take 132 years to reach full parity," we read. This is no improvement: in 2020, it was assumed that the gender gap would be closed within 100 years. There is a lack of opportunities for political participation At 22% out of 100, the largest gap globally remains in the area of political participation, the second largest (60.3%) in the area of economic participation and opportunity. Health and survival is almost on par at 95.8%, while educational attainment reaches 94.4%. Top ten: Iceland is ranked first in the Gender Gap Index 2022, followed by Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, Rwanda and Nicaragua. Eighth place is held by Namibia, then comes Ireland and then Germany. And Togo? Let's see where Togo stands: in 91st place out of 146 worldwide. Political participation puts Togo in 80th place, and in the educational attainment sector, Togo unfortunately still lands in 136th place! In health, however, we see Togo in a remarkable 33rd place, and in economic participation even in 13th place! That's great! ( https://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2022.pdf )

14.07.2022 The WILO well in focus

The website of the WILO Foundation (www.wilo-foundation.de) recently published an article on the construction of the WILO well at the Centre de Santé in Klologo. We may take it over: http://www.wilo- foundation.de/aktuelles/news-details.html

06.07.2022 We have a crane that does it...

... but in Klologo, the builders do it themselves: with their combined efforts, they hoist the heavy 10,000- litre tank for the WILO well onto the water tower. At summer temperatures in the 40-degree range! Respect, we can only say!

18.06.2022 Meeting with super cake

Carmen Steinhäußer, treasurer of Kekeli Togo e.V., had a great idea for the annual general meeting of the association - by the way, the first since its foundation in early summer 2019, because of Corona. For the meeting in the Trogen community centre on Sunday, 12 June, the treasurer of the association invited those gathered to coffee and cake, including this impressive cake. The external cake baker then immediately put this beautiful work on her website. A total of 23 people came to the meeting; some were probably already on holiday. The auditors confirmed the cash reports for the years 2019, 2020, 2021, and the treasurer was discharged. The annual reports were presented to the members; the chairperson Michel Kossih Frenzel-Assih presented the current projects, which we report on here on the website.

17.06.2022 The local press was there

The spokesperson for the three villages that now get clean water with the WILO well says in response to the question: How do the residents of Kpodji, Mamissi and Mongomé feel about the clean water supply? "It is an indescribable joy that it is now our turn after the districts of Gatipémé, Agboglanpémé and Gassimé! We can't believe our luck. Finally, we will no longer have to provide ourselves with dirty, contaminated water. And we are very happy that we will have fewer infections and that our children, especially the girls, will now come to school on time because the way to the water is much shorter. We thank WILO and Kekeli very much for such a wonderful gift. We will take good care of it."

24.05.2022 Personal meeting

For the realisation of the Kekeli Togo projects we could already - thankfully! - we have been able to count on the support of several foundations. But it is rather rare for people to meet and exchange ideas in person. Evi Hoch (board member) and David Höltgen (employee) from the WILO Foundation, which is based at the company's headquarters in Dortmund, managed a personal meeting in Hof. For Kekeli Togo, the WILO Foundation is an important donor of wells; with the third deep bore well currently being built in Klologo, all districts will be supplied with clean water! Culture as a location factor The WILO-Foundation has a wide range of foundation purposes ( h t t p : / / w w w . w i l o - f o u n d a t i o n . d e ) , including culture as a location factor. In Hof, the programme included a workshop with the Hof Symphony Orchestra and a concert evening; the workshop and the concert were both aimed at the WILO Foundation's German scholarship holders from Hof University of Applied Sciences as well as WILO trainees and work-study students. In between, there was time for a meeting with Kekeli Togo; for which we are very grateful. It was a very interesting and motivating exchange! The photo shows, from left, David Höltgen (WILO Foundation), Ulrike Auffhammer and Michel Frenzel -Assih (Kekeli Togo) and Evi Hoch (WILO Foundation).

24.05.2022

The

girls

in

Klologo

take

care

of

t

heir "girls' house".

- on a recent Saturday, they got together again for the big clean- up.

20.05.2022 Construction progress:

The shower and toilet facility with two cubicles each is being built at the Centre de Santé in Klologo. The WILO well right next to it - it is currently under construction - makes it possible!

17.05.20

22 The WILO well: work has begun.

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5.05.2022 Jackfruit trees for the girls

Jackfruit trees grow quickly - after three to four years you can harvest the huge fruits. So the girls in Klologo who sowed jackfruit seeds in the ground from Route National to the high school on Labour Day will soon be able to harvest from "their" tree. Each girl has "her" own tree, which she is responsible for taking care of. The action on 1 May was made possible by donations of jackfruit seeds by Father Christian, a monk from the monastery in Zogbegan and brother of the Kekeli Togo Chairman. The Benedictine monastery has often cared for the girls of the Kekeli Girls Project and has been involved in the Kekeli Togo Girls Project. Jackfruit The fruit is not only eaten, but the seeds can be boiled and then roasted and eaten as a snack. It has a unique taste. To vegans in Europe, jackfruit is known as a meat substitute. The fruit grows on the branches and main trunk of the jackfruit tree, which can grow up to 15 metres high, and can weigh up to 50 kilos - it is the largest tree fruit in the world.

24.04.2022

Absolutely

watch

-

the

forest

maker

A film by Volker Schlöndorff was recently shown in cinemas that is definitely worth seeing: "Der Waldmacher" (The Forest Maker) is the name of a documentary about the Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo, who went to Niger in 1981 to fight the growing spread of deserts and the misery of the population. The film gives wonderful insights into the lives of the people, into the problems of reforestation - without the willingness of the population, the best idea is useless. With willingness, however, the impossible can be made possible. A soothing, thought-provoking film: the smiling faces of the people during the encounters, the attentive silence of those gathered, including the children, when someone speaks... Watch!

22.04.2022 22. April – Earth Day

"Every moment is an opportunity to organise, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world." - Dolores Huerta

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1.04.2022 The WILO well: Here we go!

The symbolic laying of the foundation stone at the site of the borehole near the Centre de Santé took place; Togbui Messan Robert Gati IV, the Chief du Village, laid the stone. At a meeting to which he had gathered the entire village, the construction sections for digging the pipelines were divided. The well, donated by the WILO Foundation and the Hof-based company WILO SE, will now provide water to those parts of the village that previously had none. This requires digging a fairly extensive pipe system with water points - the men from the village do this on a voluntary basis. With this third deep bore well, Klologo will then be completely supplied with fresh water!

26.03.2022

Saturday,

26

March,

20:30:

Lights

out!

Every year, a countdown takes place around the world to celebrate Earth Hour and perform a symbolic action: turning off the lights. But it is so much more than that. It is a symbol of unity. It is a symbol of hope. It is a demonstration of the power of collective action for our future and that of our planet. And this year, above all, it is a symbol of peace - lights out for a peaceful planet!

26.03.2022 Access to education, a human right

The sad news recently was: The Taliban keep the secondary schools for girls closed, girls in Afghanistan are further excluded from education and training. There is a statement on the decision by the foreign ministers of Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Kosovo, Malawi, Mongolia, New Zealand, Sweden, Tonga and the United Kingdom, which states, among other things: "Access to education is a human right that every woman and girl is entitled to. At the individual level, girls' education and women's participation lead to a better life, help alleviate economic problems for their families and form the basis for the enjoyment of social rights and political representation. On a collective level, girls' and women's education can contribute to the development and well-being of the country, as well as to peace, security and social justice. No country can afford not to harness the potential and talents of all its citizens." This fits perfectly with the philosophy of Kekeli Togo: we specifically support girls in our girls' project and also enable them to attend school by providing financial aid to their parents, because if money is lacking, it is the girls who are the first to be taken out of school.

22.03.2022 - World Water Day

World Water Day, proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992 and celebrated every 22 March since 1993, draws attention to the importance of this vital resource. This year, the motto is "Our groundwater: the invisible treasure". 2.3 billion people now live in countries with water scarcity, 733 million of them in countries with high and critical water scarcity. Water scarcity is set to worsen as rapidly growing urban areas put severe pressure on neighbouring water resources. Climate change and bioenergy demand are expected to exacerbate the already complex relationship between global development and water demand. What can we do? Use water carefully and perhaps donate it: Many non- profit organisations are fighting the global water crisis. Like here in Klologo, "our" village in Togo, where we have drilled wells with donations: The young people in the photo are happy that they can finally wash their hands under running, clean water. The health effects are enormous, and measurable!

15.03.2022 A YES to girls' education

A 5-kilometre run for girls under 12 with 51 participants, one for the over-12s (36 girls), a theatre sketch and a lecture, both about the importance of education for girls, as well as a feast for all 300 present - when the girls from the Kekeli Girls Project invited to the Women's Day on Saturday, the programme was big, and so was the response. The winners were honoured and all participants were given their own water bottle. Footballs were given to the girls' football team, sports and training equipment to the boys and girls. In keeping with the spirit of the Kekeli Girls' Project, the Chef du Village emphasised in his welcoming speech how important it is to promote girls in order to turn them into pillars for society. This was followed by a presentation on "Women's Rights"; a delegation from the prefecture had come.

15.03.2022

For

Pascaline

Bocco,

the

first

wheelchair in the village...

She has been paralysed since she contracted polio as a child, but now she can get around in a wheelchair: Kekeli Togo donated a wheelchair to Pascaline Bocco. "She is always very committed; when the men in the village dig the trenches for the water pipes, she is the one who cooks food for the men," says Michel Frenzel- Assih, the chairman of the association. The wheelchair was presented to the young woman, who runs a small bread bakery and shop, at the "Women's Day" festival organised by the girls of the village.

08.03.2022 Women's Day

On this Women's Day, colleagues, let us remember the women around the world who are fleeing with their children, who fear for their lives and the lives of their husbands and sons. What they are going through is unimaginable. Let us realise how good we have it, who are allowed to live in peaceful circumstances. And if the children or the partner are annoying us today, if hectic determines our day and work is stressful, let us rejoice in the normality that we are allowed to live! What a blessing! Therefore: Let us be especially grateful, tolerant and peaceful today.

05.03.2022 A new school building for Klologo

That happened quickly: At the beginning of September, Reiner Meutsch, the founder of the Fly & Help Foundation, which builds schools all over the world, was invited to Fernwehpark in Unterkotzau near Hof as a guest of honour - he flew in by helicopter; he also flies to the inauguration of "his" schools himself. (Definitely worth seeing: www.fly- and-help.de) We met him at the appointment, told him briefly about Kekeli Togo and our projects, and gave him a brochure. Two months later, we were invited to submit an application for funding - and now we got the promise that the school in Klologo will be advertised from late autumn: Reiner Meutsch will give lectures to raise funds for the construction of the school. A school building with four classrooms is to be built. What a joy!

19.02.2022

The

WILO

well:

Water

for

the

infirmary

The "Centre de Santé" in Klologo, a pharmacy, on- call practice and day clinic in one, is getting a water connection: A well is being drilled in the immediate vicinity of the building. A great wish of those responsible at the facility, which is managed and sponsored by "Médecins d'Afrique", for better hygiene will be fulfilled! Construction will start in March; construction time: two months. In Klologo, two solar-powered wells donated by Kekeli Togo with a pipe system supply several parts of the village - the pipe trenches were dug by hand by the men in the village! (The wells, one of them with a pump donated by WILO SE, were ceremonially commissioned in January 2020; we reported). The new well, which can now be built with the kind support of the WILO Foundation, Dortmund, and for which WILO SE is again providing a high- quality solar pump, will supply fresh drinking water not only to the Centre de Santé, but also to the remaining three districts. Measurable health effects The beneficial, direct effects of clean water on the health of the population and especially on the pupils of the middle and high school can be clearly seen and verified after two years on the basis of the documents of the Centre de Santé and the school management. (Our photo shows the water point at the school). For pupils from districts with water, for example, absenteeism due to illness in the sixth grade is 40% of girls and boys, while for youngsters from districts with water, the proportion went down to 10% and 8% respectively. As far as the illnesses themselves are concerned, the number of diarrhoeal diseases, the most widespread consequence of contaminated water, decreased drastically in the districts with water supply. Infectious skin and eye diseases are now also much less common in the water- supplied districts. On time to class Another concrete advantage is the connection to a water supply: Tardiness and school absences are reduced. Whether there is fresh water or not affects girls in particular. The number of tardies among girls in the districts without water is alarmingly high: they have to fetch water in the morning from an old surface well or pond - both not hygienic water sources! - and sometimes have to walk one and a half kilometres. These delays affect performance. The lateness accumulates, the schoolgirls lose touch; this leads, in addition to early pregnancies, which our girls' project addresses, to increased school dropouts among girls in the districts without piped water. The new "WILO" well will remedy this!

19.02.2022 More practical with tiles

Fetching water without standing in the wet earth: The wells along the pipeline networks that supply several districts of Klologo with fresh water will be equipped with a small catch basin and tiled throughout; this way they are more practical to use. A donation from a member of Kekeli Togo e.V. made the renovation possible, which is also aesthetically pleasing. As the photo shows, the water point is also equipped with a water pipe at overhead height: The women and girls fetching water fill the vessel they carry on their heads directly from above. (The photo shows a water point directly on Route Nationale).

19.02.2022 Small amounts add up...

Doing good without it costing extra: You can do this by shopping via Amazon Smile or Gooding. This is what some people do who are well- disposed towards us, whether they are members of the association or not - in any case, we received EUR 230 via Amazon Smile and EUR 170 via Gooding into the association's coffers! We say thank you! (On the homepage of our website you can find out how to do it...)

18.01.2022 16 January - Well Jubilee in Klologo

16 January is a special day in Klologo: On 16 January 2020, the two Kekeli deep bore wells were inaugurated. We want to know if the beneficial effects of fresh water on the health of the population can also be measured. Oh yes, it can be measured, according to reports we received from Klologo. With water: decrease in infections For example, the school administration reports that absenteeism due to illness at the middle and high school varies greatly: For pupils from districts with water, absenteeism due to illness in the first grade, for example, is 40% for girls and 40% for boys; for young people from districts with water, the figures are 10% and 8% respectively. As far as the diseases themselves are concerned, the number of diarrhoeal diseases, the most widespread consequence of contaminated water, decreased drastically in the districts with wells or water supply. Infectious skin diseases and eye diseases also occur much less frequently in the water-supplied districts. Dehydration was only treated in the non-supplied districts. With water: decrease in tardiness and school dropouts Whether or not fresh water is available affects girls in particular. The number of tardies among girls in the districts without water is alarmingly high: they have to fetch water in the morning from an old surface well or pond - both not hygienic water sources! - and sometimes have to walk one and a half kilometres. These delays affect performance; especially since in the districts without fresh water, girls often stay at home when they have their periods, thus missing classes again - for lack of hygiene facilities. These absences accumulate, the students lose touch; this, in addition to early pregnancies, which our girls' project addresses, leads to increased school dropouts among girls. With water: healthy nutrition through more vegetables Increasingly, the women in Klologo are beginning to use the water to water their gardens, to plant vegetable beds for their own consumption or to sell at the market. They work closely together and exchange their first experiences. There are plans for a school garden as well as for a plantation of olive trees for a cooperative of the village women. The soil is fertile!

07.01.2022 A song of praise for Kekeli

Matthias, the son of our main contact person from the CVD in Klologo, has written and set to music a true hymn of praise - to the chairman of our association Kekeli Togo, Michel Frenzel-Assih, the "saviour of Klologo", as he calls him, and to Kekeli Togo and all its supporters and donors. The young man, who is studying business administration in Lomé, performed the song on 1 January after the New Year's run. The audience: the village community and the young runners who had taken part in the 4000-metre cross, as well as the Chef du Village, the team from the CVD, our local project partner, and the Girls' Committee, which looks after our girls' project. "Klologo, you are blessed by the hand of God. God sent His only Son to save us, but Klologo has received His special Saviour: Michel Frenzel- Assih! Thank you, thank you and all your partners, thank you, thank you!" is a refrain of the bilingual song (many of the adult residents of Klologo are illiterate and speak only Ewe, no French; children learn French only in school). The text: Thanks for the Kekeli Projects Thanks are given for the wells that guarantee health, for the school education secured (through our girls' project), for the small loans with which we help to build livelihoods, for the supply of food in the first COVID summer, for the equipment of the football teams (girls and boys) and for the girls' house. The opening and closing refrains of the song refer to the name of our association: Kekeli means divine light in Ewe: "Kekeli, kekeli ɖe wo nyo kekeli te viviti ɖa ga kekeli klin: (Kekeli, as the name says: we were in darkness, then Kekeli came, and now everything shines for us)". The praise of our association underlines the fact that in the two and a half years of its existence and work, Kekeli has already become a "brand" with a high recognition value in Klologo, a constant that is counted on in the village. The entire population stands behind our projects. And that can only be good in terms of the desired sustainability! Two years of fresh water Two years ago, 16 January was a very important day in Klologo: On 16 January 2019, our two wells in Klologo were inaugurated in a very festive way! They supply three parts of the village with a large network of pipes. We had "stumped up" the deep-drilled wells with funds from our own ranks; the Wilo company donated us a submersible pump with solar drive; the M&M company took care of its transport. Our partner CVD has set up a maintenance and monitoring team for the wells. Once a year, the water tanks and the solar cells are professionally cleaned; the (small) contributions that are levied as a lump sum for water withdrawal are not intended for any repairs. More and more, the water is also used to irrigate small fields and gardens; the women in the parts of the village with wells can expand their vegetable cultivation for their own family needs and also for sale at the market.

05.01.2022

And

another

new

tradition:

the

New Year's Run

After the Christmas feast, now the girls' New Year's run - in Klologo, community life becomes more intense. And again and again, Azoli Yéyé, the girls' centre, serves as a meeting place. This is also the case with the girls' New Year's run. The 4000-metre cross-country run was held for two age groups: Girls under and over twelve ran. Most of them ran barefoot or with flip-flops... 70 girls took part in total, as well as 20 boys who took part without scoring. The winners were presented with prizes - by the Chef du Village and by representatives of the Girls' Committee.
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