Monday, October 27, 2014


You guys are more amazing than I can even say! The latrine project is officially fully funded!

The money will be transferred sometime in the next few weeks , at which point we will start making the cement blocks required for construction and digging the pit for the structure. We'll take a break while I'm home for Christmas and people fête (party)/here and then start strong again in the New Year.

Thank you all for your amazing support, I can't even express how excited we are about this.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Help Us Build A Latrine At My School!

All right guys, the time has finally come. I'm asking for money.

We are building a VIP (ventilated improved pit) 4 stall latrine at my middle school here in Togo. Currently the students go in a field which has health and school attendance implications, especially for the ladies. Also, there's snakes in the field.

Even if you donate 20 bucks it makes a difference.

If you donate more than a 1000$ I'm more than willing to paint just about anything on the side- logo from your college alma mater (with their permission), name it after someone you love, (or since it's a poop house, perhaps someone you hate?), paint the whole thing your favorite color, etc.

Donate here or go to , donate to volunteer projects, see all volunteer projects, and then choose Togo 4 stall latrine project.

Please share this with anyone else you might know and be able to help.

Additionally if you are a member of Rotary International, Lions Club, Kiwanis or any other charitable giving group, please let me know if your group may have an interest. Thanks in advance for all your help!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Happy International Girls' Day!

Because I wasn't able to do anything in village for International Girls' Day I'm sharing it with you!

The coin featured in the image above is the 25 CFA coin. Twenty five CFA's buys you 1 bean beignet, a half liter of "pure water" (a cold water bag), or 3 oranges. Women keep the coins tied up in the corner of their wrap skirts (pagne). Change is always scarce and coins are guarded in a game of chicken of whether the buyer or sell will produce the change. All day these coins are handed back and forth and I've only just now learned who is featured on this all important coin. 

This is Madame Miriam Konan Dicoh, the first female chemist of Cote d'Ivoire. I've been handling these coins daily over the last year or so, but never stopped to really look at the image (often it's rubbed too smooth to really it it well anyway) . I'm always searching for great African role models for my students, and I know how we will be starting the girls' science club this year at my school.

I will likely be hitting up people for donations in the near future for the latrine project happening at my school, but if the spirit of the International Girls' Day moves you-
Please donate to which is the only organization working nationally in Togo to provide need and merit based scholarships to girls. Once girls are accepted they remain in the program until the end of university. 50 dollars can support a middle school girl's year of education. Thank you. 

Or if you're looking for something Stateside, support one of my favorite organizations- Girl Scouts