Seasons are beginning to change, cold weather is blowing across the northern states. Cool mornings are beginning here in Central Florida. The seasons are also changing in the West African country of Togo. October represents the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the dry season. The dry season where they experience months with no rain, months when they are unable to produce crops, months without fresh produce or fish, months where the only foods available to most are dried rice, corn or beans. Most of the residents of the village in Bojé have no electricity and no running water. They don’t have the capability to refrigerate or freeze foods. Our plans to construct an aquaponics system in the middle of this village will enable them to produce fresh fish and vegetables through the dry season. The villagers will have fresh sustainable food supply during the dry months for the first time.
I just returned from an eight day trip to the country of Togo where we inspected both building sites. The first in Kpalimé where the training facility will be built at the Vision of Light Blind Center and the community co-op system which will be built in the village of Bojé. I’m glad to report the water well is in place in Bojé and underway in Kpalimé. We have located a local fish farmer to supply the fingerlings we need to start our fish production. We visited the supplier for the vegetable seeds providing local heirloom seeds. We had a difficult time but were finally able to find a supplier for pelletized fish food. CWE has shipped the container with the constructions supplies and as your reading this the ship is sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on its way to the port of Lomé.
Training has begun with the operations managers for the aquaponic system in Kpalimé Togo Mark and Renée Gage have committed to managing the system in Africa and training the Nationals to take over after a year. The Gages are from Tennessee they have four children and one grandchild. Mark and Renee will complete their training here in November and then finalize their financial support with plans to leave in January.
Construction on the facility will begin in January with teams of volunteers already scheduled and excited about the trip. We plan on having the construction complete by the end of February. I plan on returning to Togo in March to work with Mark and Renee to unsure all gets started well. We’re very excited about the possibilities this training center will offer the Togolese people. We will keep you posted as things progress thank you for your prayers and your support.