2019      Rod Unger and John Muir have just returned from another enthralling trip to Togo and the village of Agome Sevah. Apart from being "bumped off" their flight and the floods near to the village washing away roads and bridges the trip was most enjoyable.  

In 2019 Dekamile is beginning what we are calling Stage Two. This is a cultural transformation stage whereby we get the villagers to take advantage of the opportunities that now exist and to take a lot more responsibilityfor their future. As a part of this plan we have set up three groups led by related, educated people from the the capital; Lome, to work with the existing committtees so that they become more effective. We are aso working with different factions in the village to get them to collaborate together more. The plans include having a monthly celebration of the many things they all share instead of focussing on their differences. 

We are continuing with the Red Cross training and supporting the villagers from 4 villages setting up micro finance. The Academy is doing well but  is still in it's early stages and so needs further financing. And finally our other main aim is to provide more funds for more solar both in the homes and in the public buildings.
Thanks as always to the many people supporting us both in the UK and in Togo. 

2018    This year we were focussed on three projects whilst continuing improving all the others. Firstly we are very proud that we were able to continue with the Health and Hygiene training sessions in to a fourth year. After 3 years of being funded by the BIG Lottery, so successful was it with all 4 villages involved that we made it a high priority that we continued. Thanks to our supporters including one or two new ones we received the required funding for the Togolese Red Cross to carry out another 12 months' training.

Secondly we  built a solar farm to provide AC electricity for the various community buildings that have been built over the past 10 years. The final focus was to get the Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy fully operational. So far we have provided training and education in dress making, hairdressing and solar engineering. We now plan to provide teachers for several more subjects as well providing basic education to all our students including Mathematics, French and Computing.

There is always more to do. We want to improve the services that clinic provides and what the school can do. There are still more toilets needed.

Jim Wright of AMOR LC and his amazing friends raised a massive amount of money in the memory of Shaun Unger. Well done and thanks Jim.

Two young ladies from the Isle of Man also raised some extremely important funds for us. Thank you Shona and Olivia.

Having been nominated by the Meyer Family Foundation we were successfully chosen to appear at The Funding Network on September the 25th. It was one of the most enjoyable evenings as it was sent with like minded charities and philanthropic people. In addition to be being a lot of fun we were awarded £8600.

Sincere thanks to the T and J Meyer Family Foundation, particularly Jane and Lars and everyone at the Funding Network

2017   Was one of transition and consolidation whereby the villagers of Agome Sevah continued to take more and more responsibility. The women are now running their own health training sessions under the guidance of the Togolese Red Cross. They are also now raising their own health issues and talking about many of them in public for the first time. The current Red Coss funded training ended in April 2018 but everyone involved was determined to somehow keep it going.

The youth of Agome Sevah formed their own association and with our support have big plans in terms of farming, football tournaments, and using the available facilities making them financially self-sufficient. They have already started doing a twice weekly clean-up of the village with the womn involved in the Red Cross training.
We established a new organisation in Togo to look after all our administration and finances. Many thanks to Chouba and Mr Tchalla for all their excellent work. Papa is still our President and is currently overseeing the construction of surrounding walls to the Accommodation the Restaurant and the Nursery as well as 80 toilets in Agome Sevah!

SAP raised another £8000 so that we could train up more locals in how to use computers and supply another 10 desk tops and a printer. Thanks SAP. We are now planning to provide an internet connection!

Our 2nd and 3rd Football tournaments were held mainly due to Queens Park Rangers FC and their devoted fan, our very own John Muir. Both are truly amazing.

One of biggest supporters - the indefatigable Jim Wright - has got over 20 runners wanting to run in the Brighton Marathon in 2018 after such fun was had in 2016. Check out if you want to make a donation or run for us!!

An Official Opening    On August the 8th 2016 there was a very exciting opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of three new buildings; the Accommodation building, a new Restaurant and the new children's nursery. The day involved speeches by various government officials as well as singing and dancing. Willmott Dixon Partnerships were very well represented by, including amongst others their Managing Director and the 10 intrepid volunteers who worked out there for 2 weeks in extreme conditions. See the separate pages for more details.

The Nursery and Meyer Family Foundation.    One of the priorities of the villages has been a nursery for the very small children. This would enable the women to work longer in the fields and so be able to grow more crops to sell as well as improving the education of the children. One of our supporters - Maria Smith - decided that it had to happen! When the Meyer Family Foundation heard about this much wanted need they also wanted to help us - again!

We are using a UNICEF approved design and construction has already begun. Meyers are providing most of the funds with Maria and 15 friends raising over £3000 by running in Brighton in May 2016. The opening was in September 2016 ready for the new term.

SAP  The world renowned software organisation heard about our work and are helping out big time! They are going to provide computers, printers etc and the much needed training to take the villagers of Agome Sevah in to the 21st century 

Queens Park Rangers and John Muir, John is one of many Willmott Dixon people committed to Dekamile and is a big QPR fan. Much to his enormous pride he got them to support us by providing hundreds of pieces of football kit, medals and many other items. Because of them we were able to hold a football tournaments in our village; The first was in Agome Sevah in August 2016 much to the enormous pleasure of our village and all those in the area.

Well done John and very well done Queens Park Rangers Football Club

The Willmott Dixon Partnerships Supply chain get on board.

As can be seen on the Accommodation project page many of the Willmott Dixon supply chain have given tremendous support to Dekamile and specifically to the building of an accommodation project to make the Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy viable. None more so than the Grafton Group, Northfield Leasing and Sky Scaffolding.


3 years of BIG Lottery Funding beginning in 2015          

We are thrilled and delighted to announce that after three years of form filling and the coordination of multiple spreadsheets we have been awarded funding for a 3 year Women and Children Health Education scheme. These funds are sorely sought after and so this is a real triumph for us and is much deserved by the people of Agome Sevah, the remote village we are working with in Togo, West Africa.

Working closely with the Togolese Red Cross we are now able to introduce the women and children to topics such as the benefits of personal hygiene, inoculations, using clean water and contraception. In addition, as a part of this education programme, we are going to be able to provide every house with a toilet. Prior to this no house had a toilet!

Can you imagine what this means to the inhabitants of Agome Sevah?

Thanks largely to the BIG Lottery we are now making another huge step forward in our journey of taking these lovely people from poverty to prosperity.

We have to raise more funds for this project ourselves but amazingly The Meyer Family Trust have said they would like to work with us on this project and financially support us.

So "Fingers Crossed" we could have all the funding we need for the whole three years.

After a slow start we are now having training sessions on a regular basis as well having got the villagers mobilised in ways that a year ago we would not have hoped. For example, we now have a group of people cleaning up the village starting with the pathways to the clinic.

Solar panels and the Barefoot College.

The fabulous Barefoot College visited our village on Sunday the 17th of March 2013. This was a vital, potentially life changing meeting for the future of the whole community. We were all very nervous as so much depended upon it even though the Barefoot College people were very reassuring. However we need not have worried. The visit went very well and the two Barefoot College visitors ; Bunker Roy and Meagan Carnahan were very impressed by the villagers - as is everyone who visits!

Bunker and Meagan chose four women randomly providing the met 4 criteria; they had to be women who were Grandmothers, they had to live off less than a £1.00 per day and they had to be uneducated.

The four selected women bravely went to India for their 6 months training to become solar engineers; all expenses paid! They then returned to the village in March 2014 ready build solar panels for virtually every house in the village!! These 4 women have been transformed into powerful, confident leaders in their community.

The container full of all the components we required has now arrived in the village and our four intrepid women have installed solar lighting into every house. This makes work, study, much easier.

We have raised over $45000 of the $60000 we need for all the installations. We just need a little more, especially as we have a few more houses to fit out.


The flooding of the River Mono. Updated January 2016

Dekamile had three meetings with the Ministry of Energy in Togo re the flooding of our village - and dozens and dozens of others! i.e. thousands and thousands of people in 2012 and 2013.

Since our first meeting in 2012 no flooding has taken place since the Hydro scheme was built some 25 years before. At our last meeting Dekamile were invited to a Government meeting to discuss the papers they had written making suggestions whereby no further flooding need ever occur again. Watch this space! Whatever else we do, if we are able to bring this about, it would arguably be our best and biggest achievement.

The Willmott Dixon Partnerships 4 Life Academy. Updated January 2016

Unbelievably, having helped considerably with the re building of the clinic Willmott Dixon Partnerships offered to help us with the building of an apprenticeship school in the village. (See the separate page). Construction is now completed having raised over £30,000. Willmott Dixon continue to set an example to us all in terms of putting their values in to action.

Apprenticeships are not easy to come by in Togo and especially anywhere near to Agome Sevah. This project will bring business and employment to the village as well as providing the opportunity for hundreds of people to be able to earn a living. We determined which apprenticeships had to provide and they included construction, agriculture, solar engineering, hairdressing and dressmaking and motorcycle mechanics.

We now have the formal approval of the Government and can appoint teachers and open for business. At present it is being used to teach solar installations, hairdressing and dressmaking,  

The School. Updated October 2019

We have achieved a lot in our efforts to make the village school a place of excellence. We have already rebuilt the crumbling foundations, put a new roof on it, supplied their first ever text books and dozens of other educational aids. We have also provided solar panels courtesy of the Marr Munning Trust as well as three computers. But as always we have more to do.

In 2017 we were able to complete the building of a brand new children's nursery visiting a nursery for the increasing number of young children. This enables the mothers to work more in the fields producing more crops so that they can sell them in the local market

The school is getting better results with everyone involved learning and doing better themselves. The latest step forward is that the teachers now run adult education classes in the evening at the insistence of the villagers themselves.


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