Instead of distributing Christmas presents, HPC AG is having a school building for 252 pupils constructed in the village of Fobenga – which is in the canton of Djambé in the West African state of Togo.
The nearest sensible primary school for the children in Fobenga is about 3 miles away, which is much too far for the primary school children. For that reason, the village’s own school was already founded in 2008 and housed beneath temporary roofs of leaves. The two “school buildings” under their straw roofs do not, however, provide adequate shelter from the sun and rain. In the morning, before lessons begin, the roofs have to be tapped and brushed in order to remove insects and drive out snakes. The children crowd onto roughly hewn planks, which have to serve as both benches and desks.
Today, the primary school in Fobenga accommodates all six forms, until they complete their primary education. 127 boys and 125 girls go to school there every day. They are taught by a headmaster, three teachers paid for by the state and one assistant teacher paid by the village.
The Reiner Meusch Foundaion FLY & HELP has set itself the goal of initiating and supporting aid projects in Africa and elsewhere, focusing on education. One of these projects is the school in Togo. The intention is to have a building constructed with three classrooms, including school furniture, an office/storage room and sanitary facilities. The land is being made available by the village community, as its own contribution in effect. HPC AG is financing this project, which is due to be completed by the end of May 2018, with a donation of € 46,000.
HPC AG thanks you for the good collaboration in an atmosphere of mutual trust and wishes everyone a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and happy 2018!