Togo 2012 - Day 12

Our last full day's activities...

Our final day saw us take a drive with Frère François to visit a centre that looks after young women who have got caught up in the sex trade. It was set up by a community of nuns who were known to Fr. François from his experiences in the capital Lomé. These nuns used to live next door to the Brothers there. François has helped them to build and fund this young women's refuge. He still keeps in regular contact with them and continues to do work for them. Many of the young women come to the "big city", the capital Lomé, to study or to get a job. But, such dreams turn quickly into nightmares for many young women. In Lomé and elsewhere in Togo there are charities that seek to rescue such girls and young women from the sex trade and then place them in centres like the one run by the sisters.   

The welcome ceremony on our arrival at the centre.

While we were there we volunteered to clear this rough ground of all the larger loose stones and use them to build a low barrier to keep rain water from coming down the slope towards the buildings.


... and after.

Dirty legs to show for our efforts.


Found a toad while clearing the ground.

Teaching the young women some of our dances...

.... and learning some dances from them...

Tired but happy. A stop on the way back for a refreshing evening drink.

Back at base. A bit of karaoke.

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