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TOHOUN HOSPITAL

Based in the centre of Togo, this hospital received help some years ago in the form of a well being drilled, but money ran out and the well was capped.

The trust have now uncapped the well and clean water has been plumbed to the Hospital, Maternity wing and a nearby orphanage.  In addition the well is also being used by the villagers, saving the girls and women having to walk miles to the river, several times a day, to fetch polluted water.

The next project is the refurbishment of the Hospital providing new equipment and trained staff.

 

CONTAINER TO BENIN

A member of The Rotary Club of Darlington is connected to Darlington Memorial Hospital and constantly receives unwanted and “out-of-date” equipment. Recently a whole ward was refurbished with new beds, which the NHS had deemed no longer suitable. The beds were donated to the Trust, who, through long negotiations arranged for the goods to be delivered to “Project Hope” in Somerset, who have arranged the onward journey to West Africa and eventually the Hospital in Tohoun.

Thanks are recorded to Fergusons Transport of Blyth who kindly delivered the goods to Taunton in Somerset at no charge.

 

JAIPUR LIMB

Jaipur Limb is a Rotary project borne out of the need for prosthetic limbs for disabled people in developing countries, constructing parts to the exact requirements of the patient.

The limbs are built from goods lying around and could be made from a metal pipe, a drainpipe, a branch, plastic bottles etc.

A physiotherapy unit is also used and the Trust are hoping to start a new Jaipur Limb clinic in Togo with the help of Rtn David May who is based in its capital, Lome.

 

NIGER FAMINE RELIEF

Niger is officially the poorest country on earth. The huge Sahara Desert is encroaching on fertile land eating it up at a rate of approximately 3 miles every decade.

The residents of the country constantly suffer from the droughts and famine with little or no help from other countries.

To witness cows, goats and sheep dying on the roadside, seeing the streams dry, the trees empty and the fields brown are nothing compared to seeing the malnourished children dying in their Mother’s arms.

Niger will continue to suffer from droughts and its residents will continue to be driven south by the desert.

The Trust is heavily involved in providing aid to the people of Niger.

 

POLIOPLUS

In 1986 Rotary International decided to do something no other servcie organisation has ever done - eliminate one of the most crippling diseases from the planet – Polio.

So PolioPlus was born. The World Health Organisation (WHO) joined the cause and were soon encouraging other larger, richer organisations to help, including Richard Branson Foundation, Bill Gates Foundation as well as major governments from around the world. Tony Blair decided (20 years after the start of this project) to jump on board.

Rotary members not only raise money for this international project, but also donated their time to travel to developing countries and help in the immunisation of children.

It is estimated over 500,000 children have been saved from Polio.

In 1986 approximately 350,000 new cases of polio were reported each year – In 2006, 1200 new cases were reported and Rotary is on track to complete its task to rid the world of the polio virus.

 

WHEELCHAIR FOUNDATION

District Governor George Craig (District 1030, 2006-07) for a District wide project proposed the idea of providing wheelchairs to disabled people in developing countries.

The target was set for rotary in the North East to raise £12,000 to fill a container with 240 wheelchairs and distribute them through the West Africa Trust to the disabled people of Benin and Togo.

The target was completed and exceeded by May 2006 and over 300 wheelchairs will be distributed in Benin and Togo during October 2007, with the help of Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Cotonou Centre and Cotonou Marina.

 

GHANA LEPROSY PROJECT

This project is based in the north of Ghana and has been brought to us by Trustee Imam Nazaar – more details  and opportunities to assist will be revealed at a future date.

 

STREET CLEANING LADIES OF PARAKOU

Approximately 20 ladies volunteer their time to keep the streets of Parakou clean. They arrive every Wednesday and Saturday morning between 5-8am to sweep the streets of debris and dust. There is no payment involved, and complete the work out of civic pride.

The ladies struggled, because they did not have the correct tools to carry out this work. With a donation from the Rotary Club of Cotonou Centre the goods were purchased and handed over to the grateful ladies.

 

MARTIN (Polio Legs)

Martin is a living example of a polio victim, and even though he has severe pain and his legs are bent in all directions, he continues to work to earn a living for his wife and child.

Martin has recently attended the Akassato Adult Disabled School and received training to become a weaver. He now has the equipment to set up in business and sell goods at market and also, through a cooperative, whcih has been set up in the Akassato School.

 

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

On a recent trip to Benin, medical supplies were taken to a hospital in Nikki (North East Benin, close to the Nigerian border). They were gratefully accepted by the one nurse who covers an area of 100 square miles on her own with only a scooter for transport.

We need to continue to support her work.

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