Project for raising awareness of recurring themes in social and health fields

CDH volunteering program of raising awareness on recurring themes in social and health fields.

CDH Volunteering Program for raising awareness of recurring themes in social and health fields.

Project name: TYPE C

TYPE C is to raise awareness on recurring themes about malaria, cancer, VIH/AIDS and COVID-19 among the indigenous people and particularly the most vulnerable householders, to support their better health.

Field: Social and Health


awareness raising on recurring themes for good health

Context and work involved.


Most of the neighbouring villages of Kpalimé are getting an increasing rate of infant mortality from malaria.  More than 2.5% of children die each year from malaria in each village.  This is due to poor hygiene, with several dumps where malarial mosquitoes proliferate not far from people’s homes.  Our research shows there is a great lack of information and training for to help people to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.  We therefore want to fight malaria with the help of volunteers through awareness-raising in a village near Kpalimé.  We plan to mobilise people around the dangers by carrying out activities to fight against malaria through village theatre and other measures.


Kpalimé is a strategically important city in Togo in terms of geography and tourism. The city and its surrounding villages are open to a large influx of young people and associated delinquent behaviour, in and out of school.

The problem is worsening, especially in rural villages, with multiple and unprotected sexual partnerships causing frequent contamination and unplanned pregnancies.  This feeds on to the premature ending of educational opportunity among girls.  We need to raise awareness among the population and particularly young people of the dangers of HIV / AIDS.

In relation to STIs / STDs / HIV/AIDS this project can mesh with established initiatives to reach vulnerable groups.


Cancer is one of the dangerous illnesses faced across world.  We can contribute to reducing the risks of people contracting cancer by making the  population better informed of the causes, and by monitoring and evaluating cancer control policies.


Covid-19 has changed almost everyone in the world, particularly in terms of long-term illness and mortality.  We want to concentrate on the most vulnerable households and people.


General objective of the mission:

Promote the well-being of people’s health through awareness and information against recurring diseases that cause mortality among vulnerable groups.

Specific objectives of the mission

  • Mobilising and informing people around various activities.
  • Raising awareness among target groups on the risks, modes of transmission and prevention of diseases such as VIH/SIDA and STI/STD, malaria, cancer and COVID-19.
  • Informing people about the advantages of screening.
  • Showing people and disease sufferers positive ways to make their lives better.
  • Providing people at risk of VIH/AIDS and STI/STD with methods of contraception.
  • Informing people of the advantages of good hygiene with regard to malaria.
  • Showing those who suffer from malaria ways to live better.
  • Providing people with mosquito nets.
  • Providing masks and other PPE to protect against Covid-19.

Missions / Activities

  • Elaboration of an action plan involving a specialised trainer for all volunteers in the program.
  • After evaluations, visits to the householders throughout the village concerning proximity awareness.
  • Awareness-raising at the village’s focal point.
  • Teach use of mosquito nets through dramatic enactment.
  • Teach how to use a contraceptive shield to avoid risk of HIV contamination, through dramatic enactment.
  • Teach how to put on a face mask, how to wash your hands, and protect yourself in other ways to prevent Covid-19, through dramatic enactment.


To achieve this project we seek:

  • Volunteers and expatriates, ideally in groups of five, to form a team with local people to monitor the activities.
  • Several groups of five volunteers.
  • Participation costs to enable the program, including accommodation and food.
  • Purchase of mosquito nets, and other PPE and devices against Covid-19, cancer and VIH.
  • Donations from volunteers to carry out activities.
  • Fundraising to support young people to continue hygiene spreading in the villages.

Expected results

We would like to reach the entire population of a typical village.  They can then cascade the information to others, reaching potentially over 350 people in each village.  The distribution of equipment and supplies to fight malaria, and prevent Covid-19 and VIH/AIDS.


  • Knowledge of the local educational environment.
  • Leisure activities such as walks, outings, parties, African cuisine, entertainment, and an insight into African life.
  • Direct contact with the population.
  • Sharing of values ​​from the work camp through cultural exchange.
  • A special excursion led by Centre des Hommes for volunteers.
  • Discover a new culture and traditions, especially those of the EWES peoples.
  • Discover the cultures, languages, cuisines, folklore and traditions of local and international volunteers.
  • Involvement with, and understanding of the African communal approach to life through cultural activities such as drawing, theatre, reading, etc..
  • Experience of active participation in an education project and learning about intercultural relations.
  • A certificate for participation in a CDH volunteering program in Togo.
  • The certificate can be be used for a CV and as evidence in a job search for students.
  • Life-changing experience and the gaining of new life skills.
  • Knowledge of active participation in the program for raising awareness of recurring themes in social and health fields concern malaria, cancer, VIH/SIDA and COVID-19 project of CDH and the learning of intercultural relations.



All volunteers are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, honest and disciplined manner. They should abide by the reasonable requests of Center des Hommes staff. They are expected to inform their local supervisor of any trip away from the work area. CDH reserves the right to exclude anyone who behaves in an inappropriate way.


Kpalimé and its surrounding villages.

Kpalimé is a city located in the southwest of Togo, in the prefecture of Kloto. It is a city where agriculture is the main activity, from where comes more than 50% of the agricultural wealth of the country. Kpalimé is in Togo's mountainous region, with panoramic views, rivers, forests and tourist activities such as mountain walking and going to little-known waterfalls etc. Kpalimé is a city of artists, where most of the young people find their income from arts of all kinds. Around it are villages with real need is felt and calls on us to intervene.  The volunteering programs are focused on these villages.


Short-term stay volunteering for raising awareness on recurring themes about malaria, cancer, VIH/AIDS and COVID-19 activities.  Duration of 21 days is possible with an emphasis on village school or public garden.

NB: Long-term stay is not currently available.

Centre Des Hommes one of its sensitisation program

Participation fees

Each expatriate volunteer must pay a participation fee of €850 euro to the NGO Centre des Hommes. This pays for accommodation, food, travel from Lomé to the work camp place, management of the project during the entire stay, and above all, for the project.  It also helps volunteers who cannot afford the participation fee to participate in the program.  Special outings are provided by the CDH from the participation fee.  For the best functioning of the project, we try to recruit volunteer groups of 20 people at a time.

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Any volunteers who will come to our project or program must receive an invitation letter, signed by the Executive Director of CDH. This invitation letter contains the reason for travel, the duration and so on. In addition to the invitation letter some other documents may be sent to the volunteer, or may be required from the volunteer, as proof of the right to enter the country. We invite you to contact us and make sure that you hold the necessary documentation before you leave from your country to Togo.

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