NU Saskatchewan 2013-2014 alum, Erica Moir, shares her story here:
Have you ever wanted to support an overseas development project but were sceptical of its overhead costs, impact, and sustainability? This is how I felt before traveling to Togo, West Africa. Through a family friend, I learned about an NGO named Modef and several of their projects that improve women and children’s rights. I met with farmers to learn about an organic soybean project at a rural elementary school constructed of weaved mats and wooden benches for desks. The lack of infrastructure and visible extreme poverty was enough to convince me that supporting a locally established NGO is a great way to contribute to overseas development projects.
Friends of Kouka is a partnership project which does just that. Our current campaign is based on 2 objectives: To educate Canadians about life in Togo, including their challenging realities, and to obtain financial support for MODEF projects. In our current campaign, 100% of the donations will be used to purchase school desks for the new school year in August 2015.
Please check out our facebook page called "Friends of Kouka", consider joining our team or making a financial contribution. Through your support, we hope to create a long term partnership to improve women and children's rights in the Kouka, Togo.