Thursday, July 21, 2005

Off to Atakpame

Bon jour

We are half way through our training now; 6 weeks in country and 5 weeks left in training. Tomorrow we meet our Togolese counterparts. They are the host country nationals that have volunteered to work with Peace Corps. They will be the folks we work with most closely in our jobs. Wayne’s counterpart works with computers in a computer maintenance/internet café business and Cate’s is an accountant for the Red Cross who is a board member with 2 nonprofits who have an HIV/AID grant to provide treatment to HIV patients. That’s as much as we know at this point but we will spend the day with them tomorrow so we will learn much more. On Saturday we will travel with our counterparts to the town where we will be for 2 years, Atakpame, and we will spend the week with them and the volunteer we will be replacing. We are looking forward to seeing our "post" and being in the house were we will live. It was the German capital of Togo prior to WW1 and still has some of the buildings which gives a German feel to the town. It is green and hilly so it sounds good. It is also larger than the town we are in for training, so we will have better email access with 5 internet cafes. So please write to us. As Dean Martin would say, "Keep "em coming. My Jeannie and me, we love to get those letters." Cate thinks I'm crazy for referring to Deano, so for the record this is Wayne writing. :)

Below are a few more photos whose titles are self explanatory. The one of Cate and me was taken at an African/American fashion show and we are wearing regal Kente cloth from Ghana that our host family loaned us. The group shot is the same day with the small business development half of the trainees and our trainers.





2 comments:

ruthandbillgoodwin said...

YOU TWO ARE AMAZING! WRITE A BOOK!
THE ACCOUNT OF YOUR ADVENTURES AND
PHOTOS MADE US FEEL WE WERE WITH YOU. WELL, WE ARE = IN THOUGHT AND
PRAYER. KEEP THE NEWS COMING!

Story Starter desperately seeking... said...

It's funny I can't find much about Togo on the web. So good to find your blog. One of our writers went there last week and loved it

http://phenomenalhealthstyle.tv/2011/04/28/loving-lome/