Embracing Life was founded by Kathleen Hales in 2009. Her social commitment to the underprivileged, a visit to West Africa in 2005, were the perfect ingredients for doing something for the local population. Her years of experience as head bookkeeper could only contribute in a positive way. Except she did not want the financial commitment of so many people who wanted to support the project, to be lost into operating costs, like so many large organizations often have to deal with.
The proceeds had to be entirely devoted to the project. A difficult task, but not without fruit. In the village of Apégamé, where the project is started, a building complex that offers accommodation to students provides courses in literacy, sewing, weaving and soon ICT as well.
Every other quarter a meeting is organized with the organization ASFEEN. Mrs Mme Brigitte Aguigah checks out the situation in Togo and gives advice.
Our project needs positive energy. Much needed oxygen which simply means the rise or the fall of the project. Through donations or membership fees you can engage in an activity that not only bears fruit but also directly contributes to the educational, social but also emotional future of women, men and children.
When setting up a project in a country such as West Africa, it is necessary to do this in harmony with the culture that prevails. In a respectful manner for both sexes we have tried over the years to make something happen, in such a way that both men and women realize that education benefits the whole family.
Through sketching on special activities, we showed that women with a degree do not have only a broader horizon, becomes a lot more independent, but can also contribute financially to the whole of the family.
More and more women and men are gaining insight, and this becomes especially clear on international women's day.