PDH aims to improve the lives of the impoverished and abandoned by offering social, medical, nutritional, and educational assistance to the following groups: social cases, HIV/AIDS patients, children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, and street children/deprived children. PDH grows maize, cassava and garden produce; PDH also keeps bees, fish, chickens, goats, sheep and snails.
The Promotion and Human Development (PDH) centre in Lomé, Togo was established on the 15th of February, 1999 by Antoine Dzakas. PDH is run by a few full- and part- time local staff members, as well as an array of local and international volunteers. The organization is located in the suburb of Avédji-Cité.
Work at the centre consists largely of visits to collect information and give aid to social cases, drop-in counselling and assistance, support groups for a variety of disadvantaged people, and administrative tasks such as report/newsletter writing. International volunteers are also useful for coordinating with organizations that could help promote or fundraise for PDH, especially in their home countries. PDH also supports an orphanage that volunteers are able to visit and help at if they have qualifying skills.
PDH accepts volunteers with no specific skill sets, but is also thrilled to have skilled volunteers. PDH has opportunities for a wide variety of strengths as the centre works with a wide variety of social cases, along with both adults and children. Teachers, those in social professions, lawyers, mediators, and those with medical skills would all be useful. Volunteers with experience fundraising and similar business or promotional skills would also be fantastic, as PDH relies on donations for their budget.
The centre focuses on social work, but volunteers with related skills may also work with an orphanage PDH helps support. There is also the option to help with livestock and agricultural work on a farm PDH has.
A basic understanding of French is recommended, but volunteers do not need to be fluent. The staff and volunteers are very friendly and are happy to help explain things.
Volunteer arrangements are made by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). PDH corresponds with prospective volunteers and reaches a mutual decision about placement based on the suitability of the work for the volunteer and the volunteer’s qualifications.
Volunteers may stay from one week to as long as they like.
There is a mandatory donation of €150 to the organization for all volunteers. Accommodation and three meals a day are provided for €38 a week.
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