My daughter, Lara, has arrived home from Togo! She will be here for a three week visit and then will be returning to complete her second year of teaching in Mango, Togo, West Africa, with the Peace Corps. I am so blessed with her in my life! The people of her village are so kind and wonderful to her. She is happy to be home and already gathering gifts and things for her new friends in Togo. She is so HAPPY and FULL of LIFE! I find it wonderful to see her love and appreciation of another culture and her desire and ability to work with others. Her Togolese friends have been so supportive and welcoming and together they are working in the school community. It is wonderful to hear her speak of their triumphs and challenges and willingness to more forward in hope! You can read a MESSAGE from Lara as you continue reading this post.
Greetings from Togo! My name is Lara Johann-Reichart and I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small village in northern Togo. As an education volunteer I spend most of my days in the classroom and, along side my community, work towards projects that will improve the school experience for our students.
Unfortunately, our Primary School is faced with some of the worst problems. With over 1,300 students and only 9 classrooms, classes are over-packed and even overflow outside of the building.
Our goal is to build a 3 classroom school to alleviate the problems of this overpopulated school. Additionally, once the school is constructed there will be a training with teachers to show the benefits of small classes and how to use student-centered teaching techniques. Our hope is to turn the new 3 rooms into a model school – with limited class sizes and well-trained teachers.
The community is very excited for this project and are contributing over 30% to the overall cost. The community will be purchasing the land, transporting materials, and assisting in the construction.
On behalf of my village, thank you for your support!
Their goal is to raise $9,781.25……….they have met $500 of the goal today…September 14, 2014. GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!