I am sure you have all partied and welcomed in the new year in fashion. The new year here in Togo has started well. We are in the midst of harmattan, the windy, chilly season when winds from the Sahel blow all over Togo. This makes for hazy (on some days very hazy conditions) because of all the dust, lots of wind and cold mornings and nights. I actually get to bundle up at night it is so cold. It is very dry, so that took some getting used to after the rainy season.
I am starting my SPA (Small Project Assistance) project in February, and so we've been planning the steps of the project. We will build a well and a school garden at the middle school. This is a village wide project, and so requires a lot of collaboration with village development officials, villages chiefs, professors at the middle school, etc. We're finding masons and workers to help build the well, women to prepare food, students to collect sand, and the list goes on. We are organized, and so everyone just needs to do their part and the project can succeed. The students in Environmental club are really excited about the school garden, and if everything goes to plan we should be planting in it in April!
So, check out my picasa website, I just uploaded photos! I added two here. I am in one with a group of women I work, and we are going to build a well there soon. The other is from our enriched porridge formation we made at the clinic. Everyone loves porridge with soy, beans and peanuts for extra nutrition!