Embracing Life is active in the African village of Agou - Apegamé in Togo (West Africa). The non-profit association has a unique approach because the local population is involved in the entire project.


This gives the population a sense of self-esteem, commitment and responsibility. The aim of the non-profit organization is to promote education and vocational training for both young people and adults and to reduce illiteracy.


On the other hand creating employment. Education stabilizes a society and more resources means more diversity in terms of education. We agree that education brings social equality and means future. Without it, without education means a life of 'Survival of the fittest'.


When man does not evolve, he stagnates in a hopeless situation that ruins his future. The non-profit organization seeks to raise awareness about investments in education and training in those countries where many people seek a hopeless way out of Europe, and thus also Belgium. Poverty arises as a result of inadequate employment. At the same time, Europe has a lot to do with a flow of refugees because of false propaganda from the countries of origin.


Quality education for everyone

Responsible consumption & production

Stop to poverty in all its forms

Stop the hunger

Promotion of general well-being

Promotion of employment

Gender Equality

Quality of life on the land


Tenth Anniversary Embracing Life

The operation in Belgium focuses on a very close contact with the training center in Apégamé. On average, the chairman plans at least two visits a year on the spot. In the interim periods there is constant contact, among other things, via e-mail.


Embracing Life vzw also has a stand where it participates in many trade fairs and events, on one hand to make the public aware, on the other hand to finance the operating costs with sales, because gifts go to the project integrally.


Every year there is a general meeting under the title Summer Glow, for all members explaining the evolution of the project with video. A number of members have already visited the project on site. Members regularly receive a newsletter with the latest developments. Reports, newsletters, publication on social media, and activities form a varied whole in the operation of Embracing Life in Belgium.

The website was also translated into French, so that the people from within the training center are mutually informed. The agenda provides an overview of where you can find the stand in the coming months, as well as the planned activities in which Embracing Life participates, or organizes itself.

Operations in Belgium

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8 March 2018 - Women's Day ... is not only placed in the spotlight on this hemisphere, but also in the southern regions. The International Women's Day took place in Kpando. Present were the queen mother, an elder, the village head, a priestess, Brigitte Asfeen chairman K.H., Mawusé (responsible Embracing Life Agou Apégamé) and Kathleen Hales chairman of the project. Our seamstresses and the literacy class from Agou - Gare participated in the whole event. The theme of this day was the importance of education. From the audience a single woman with four children was taken and similarities were made between chairman K. Hales. Studies of the chairman have made all the difference. Because of this, she found work, so that she could not only take care of her family but could start up a project like Embracing Life npo.

After the celebration in Kpando, the village head and the queen asked mother if we could build another school with three classes. This also means recruting teachers, cause in their own classes there's only one teacher who visits a class every hour and puts the pupils to work. There is also the demand for a well for drinking water! So there is still work to be done !!!

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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.



Kathleen Hales holds a monthly meeting, either on the spot or via whatapp, pending on recognition by the ministry of our operation to proceed to the formation of an NGO (this may take five years).

We strive for autonomy of every activity. At the moment the focus is on our agricultural project in Kati. Once this is finished, the ground and its fruits are paid, we will concentrate on the other activities in our training center in Agou-Apégamé and literacy projects in the various villages.


Building a personal development and self-estimate within young people and adults in Togo through literacy classes, various vocational training courses and an agricultural project in cooperation with local people.


ASFEEN (Association des Femmes pour l’Epanouissement des Enfants. They support the sensitization of women and their responsibility.

Address: Bp 12103 – Lomé, Togo. Tel. +228 90 02 58 53

Ferme de SHECHEM – Eco-Farming Entrepreneur training. Mr. Antoine Dzamah, director, accompanies us with the agricultural project in Kati

Address: Bp 3596 Lomé, Togo. Tel +228 99 48 41 90/99 46 00 68



Ong PASYD – assist us with legal and administrative advice

Mr Francis Akpa Tel +228 90 91 42 25
Address: Rue Yakali, Tokoin Doumasséssé Bp80477 Lomé, Togo

Operation in Togo


Pb 38 – Agou-Gare, Togo

Registration number 688
Ministry of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Local Authorities in Lomé, Togo


  • Aimée Wodokpoe – Treasurer +228 92 90 62 01
  • Bibio Bruce Adjignon – Board Member +228 99 55 01 79
  • Brigitte Aguilah – Board Member +228 99 56 55 79
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Kathleen (right) with Crown Prince Togoville (left in white)



Embracing Life in Apégamé

Agou-Apégamé began in 2010 with two pilot classes in a place given by the village chief. Embracing Life restored the roof and installed a solar panel. The literacy project initially generated a lot of interest from the local population. They taught not only "Ewe" (the mother tongue) and French (the national language), but also arithmetic and general knowledge.

In 2011, 65 people took the courses, 95% of them women! The same year we bought our own terrain. In 2012, we had three classes to our disposal, on our own premises: for the more advanced, the least advanced and the novices. 25 women and 1 man graduated, but after the graduation ceremony in March 2016, the new class of students asked for money to come to the lessons, which we deeply regretted. The lessons were interrupted. We hope to start again with the right attitude in the future!

Agou-Gadzépé started in November 2015, currently 15 women and 2 men. 3 x 2h. of teaching per week. (Teacher Aimée Wodokpoe - partime in service)


Kpando started in 2017. By car, a one hour drive. The road is in a very bad state and required skills from the driver's to get there! If you sit with seven men, like sardines, in one and the same car, it's really an adventure! But with what enthusiasm we were welcomed there. In total, 25 students, men (5) and women (20) attend the lessons, two hours per week.

The lessons take place in the school building where we have the opportunity to place a solar panel so that evening lessons can be given. There is a demand for reading glasses, exercise books and ballpoint pens.
A positive thing is that they took the initiative themselves to work in the field, and with the money earned, buy the chalk for the schoolteacher necessary to write on the blackboard. An example to Apégamé !!!

Togoville is put on hold through local political circumstances. When things calm down, we might see what we can do over there.


Gadja, there was not enough time to visit this village. They have already contacted us several times to come and give them literacy classes.



On Saturday, June 24, 2017, she visited the Prince for the 5th time, with Alexander and Nele. During the interview, Kathleen asked why he did not record his knowledge and wisdom in a book. His answer was: If he wrote in French, it would be the foreigners who would read it. Why not in Ewe, the local language, Kathleen asked. He replied that his people could not read ... and Kathleen reacted spontaneously: if you can provide the space and appoint a teacher, we'll do the rest!

A historic and magical moment. The Prince accepted this challenge and when Kathleen returns to Togo at the end of September 2017, classes start there too!


The teacher for Kpando has had an accident at the beginning of the year and is no longer able to teach. He himself has designated a replacement. Unfortunately, this person did not make an effort. During an unannounced visit in February, we had to determine that no lessons were given. He kept no attendance lists, nor a listing of the given material. The results of testing the students were miserable. We gave them another chance. During three subsequent unannounced visits, no lessons were given  without any good reason. In August we decided to end this project.



Elli is a story of triump. In 2012 she started training as a seamstress. She received her diploma in 2016. After an internship of six months at a haute couture tailor, which she went through with flying colors, she now became the sewing teacher in our center. Seventeen young women and mothers study remain under her leadership. She is an example and inspiration for the students because she has completed this course as a single young mother. She herself is very grateful and honorable. We wish her every success.

Sewing Training

#Africa #Training #Sewing #Self-reliance

May 2017

The atmosphere is good and the women come with enthusiasm for the training. Which speaks for itself for four newcomers have signed up. Which brings the total to 10 and 2 are still waiting. So we simply build extra space and double the area of the sewing studio (which was fit for six pupils). Thanks to the donations via Rosina & William.

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March 2016

Three of the four young women graduated and were also deliberated on the 2nd of March 2016, i.e. an official diploma.  Seven new young women have signed up. Two of which remained in the meantime. In total they are with six.

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The fourth year. In September, three women passed their exam.  They too are waiting for the deliberation to make way for newcomers. One is in her second year. Seven candidates want to join up. The profits of the sewing studio do not meet the expectations.

Alternatives are being searched for.

January 2014

The second year. The workshop still takes place in the office. During the day the chairs, tables and sewing machines are carried outside on the covered terrace. After the lessons, everything will be carried inside too to make space for the language lessons.

The construction of our own sewing workshop started and should be finished by July 2014.

A setback: The sewing studio is still not self-reliant. The patronage is not smash hit. Women come with fabrics to make a garment, but do not always pick them up afterwards. The proposal to sew school uniforms and sell them on the market for school, is studied.

This year, the sewing class was confronted twice with discipline problems. The two best pupils revolted and undermined the authority of the teacher. This was finally handled before the disciplinary Board at the syndicate of sewing courses. After which they left the training. In the meantime, a new pupil started and in total they are with four.

Because the teacher would also be more committed to winning customers, her salary was reduced by 1/3 and her commission was raised on sale from 30% to 40% and this as of August 2013.


Investments are made to sew 'prêt à porter' for ladies and children. In turn, and in pairs, the young ladies would market this on a weekly basis to gather an income. The start will be in September, supervised by Kathleen Hales
After three years of training, they are capable of opening their own studios. By selling 'prêt à porter' clothing, they are trained in calculating the cost price / selling price and to budget, so that they can move on to an independent job in the long term.
4 young women participated in the official state exam and passed. The number of young women following the training has risen to 18. The maximum.

Infrastructure: we painted the room and supplied it with fans.

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MARCH 2019

Working in groups is not always as it should, and soon conflicts occur.
Our seamstresses were called after disagreement before their guardians and the chairman of the Syndicate.

How does it go down sometimes? Young women among each other… We intervene directly, so that the situation does not escalate


In 2013 the first steps were taken to start the weaving workshop. We started with the open construction of +/- 54 m². Thanks to the proceeds of benefit 'Home Cookin'Band' in 2013 and an anonymous gift, structural work was finished and weaving material was purchased. This craft has been completely vanished and people go to neighboring Ghana to buy fabrics. The intention is not only to reinstall this tradition but also to make a living by selling the woven fabrics.

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Action plan

Meanwhile, young people from the area are motivated to follow the training. If necessary, we take care of accommodation, while we ask the family to take care of the livelihood during the training. In order to stimulate sales, publicity will be made in the neighborhood, in NGOs, banks and others.

In Flanders we also hope to take sales of the weaving material to a higher level. In England there are two Design Houses, one in Winchester and one in Southsea. To support the project, they make high-quality pillows with our weaving material .

They sell these in their stores and part of it we hope to sell in Flanders during markets and activities. This weaving material can also be used as a table runner or wall decoration.

Mme Brigitte from ASFEEN has ordered weaving materials and showed us how women can wear this during festivities.

Weaving Training

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First steps were taken to start a weaving workshop in 2013. A teacher was found and he brought us up to date on the necessities for this course. We started the construction of an open hangar of +/-54 m². Once it is finished, a selection will be made along with the village head and the teacher among the needy youngsters.

The necessary material will also be purchased. Foreseeable start: April-June 2013.


The building was finished late May and we were able to start training in June as planned. Unfortunately, there is only one pupil now. Young people do not see a future in this profession. This craft is completely ruled out and one goes to the neighboring country Ghana to buy weaving fabrics. The aim is to revive this tradition and to appeal to village chiefs and other prominent figures to buy it from us. In December we received two orders. A start! The weaving workshop is expected to be basted by the end of 2014.


There is still only one pupil. A 15-year-old girl has started, but dissappeared after a month. The contacts to give orphans the opportunity to follow the training were lost. We will try again, but it’s hard work. We hope to reach an agreement on my arrival in May. The weaving workshop is currently for ¾ self - reliant.


Our one pupil is one brave guy. Young people show little interest because the training takes too long. We think that giving young people the opportunity to follow the training in modules during the drying season, might just be a solution. The syndicate does not agree with this!  Although there are regular orders, it happens that the weaver does not agree with the sale price. Result: the goods remain in the workshop, so the income decreases. We will handle this problem in 2016!


  • Our teacher is Mr. Tackie Agbanaglo
  • One pupil Dovéné Yawo Sedaho graduated and was deliberated on the 2nd March 2016. He also obtained an official diploma.
  • No candidates actually stayed.
  • In December we decided to keep Dovéné in service to carry out the orders, together with his tutor.
  • We will decide in 2017, if we will keep this training.



Our pupil Dovéné Yawo Sedaho graduated in 2016. He will stay with us to complete our orders. For 4 years no candidates have been found and we will decide this year what we will do with this class. Mawusé, however, received a large order in December. To realize this, he has been looking for pupils who work and go to school half time and professional workers. He has found two of them at the Ghanaian border. They will start in February. We rented a room for them the center to overcome the distance


Good news! Mawusé has received a large order, which means he has to employ two extra weavers.

Dovéné is the first weaver who graduated in 2016. He remains on the domain to process the orders. New candidates apply in 2017 to follow the training. They are first tested to see if they have a logical insight to handle this training.


To meet the demands, we have employed 2 weavers in addition to Dovéné Yawo Sedaho, who had completed weaving training in our center.
Dovéné resigned for no reason in October 2018 (must this be added).
After 10 months of work we have come to the conclusion that we are continuing to make loss and have decided to put weaving "on hold" for a while to find new strategies and ideas. Paying out a monthly salary turned out not to be a good choice and encouraged a low work pace.

To revive life into the weaving project, we have discussed a new approach.
If the teacher has found an apprentice for this craft, they can continue their work. In order to motivate them by working, they are given an advance on the wage and the rest when completing the order.

Embracing Life buys the necessary materials and handles the orders. We meet young people who are interested in the training. However, it is their fathers who see no future in this traditional craft that is in demand.

Remains to be considered until the arrival of Kathleen Hales in September.


Adding barbed wire fencing on the remaining 3 hectares + getting rid of remaining scrub and trees. Sowing beans on the part where the gombo grows

Construction of a residence + sanitary, which is needed if we want to prevent theft.

Drilling water (digging wells didn't work...) to be ready for the drying season that starts in October.
Water on our site will also benefit the surrounding villages, which they sometimes have to fetch 10 km further!

Starting with small cattle, such as sheep and goats. The greenery and peel of the peanuts serves as their food (also dried).


Getting rid of the remaining scrubs and trees.
Making charcoal.
A second harvest of the peanuts.
Planting of Artemisia (anti-malaria herb)


Planting fruit trees, various citrus fruits and cocoa


Harvesting the corn, peppers


Time for analysis (spinach has failed due to lack of water, maize is not doing well) Prepare planning and budget for 2020.

March 2018

Augustin who trains in Sichem as an ecological agricultural entrepreneur, has been there for three months. Besides growing vegetables, he has learned how to take care of chickens, ducks and fish. Later, the care and breeding of pigs and goats will follow. Augustin has visited a fish farm several times where he could take part in practical lessons. The theory included how to work out a business plan. After his formation (mid-September 2018) he will be deployed at the agricultural school in our area of Kati.

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January 2018

Three stamps are needed before the project can begin. Since June 2017 we are busy with this issue and now it is finally done, the third is stamp is a fact. This means that we can get started.  We will provide with a hedge of trees around the perimeter of the terrain in Kati.  We can start talking about  this project and also think about the beginning of a farm school.


Training ecological Agricultural Entrepreneur

Two people followed this training. They have passed their exams! Negotiations have started to work together with two other people to set up the work on our field in Kati, led by the Director of Sichem.

Anecdote: The Prince of Togoville, whom we call ‘Commando’, has asked for our help to give him a chance to follow this course. Banished from his homeland, he must build a totally new life. He asked not to publish pictures about him, nor to mention his name, for the sake of protection.

#agriculture #Africa #smallcattle #Kati #farmer

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Start-up agricultural project in Kati: €16,000 without the actual infrastructure!



Do you remember Augustin who was trained in agriculture and small livestock in 2018? He is now working on the piece of land that we bought in Kati as a full-time agricultural entrepreneur since the end of 2018. He works with two full-time villagers, one night keeper and sometimes extra people are asked locally. He had to get rid of scrub and other growth on the terrain, and plowing the whole business just requires a lot of labor. There are quite a few stones, and roots of trees which simply have to go.  A fence with barbed wire was applied. Wild cattle would be eagerly interested to eat the cultivation. But simply entering the ground, would destroy everything which has been planted.

Supply and transport are always a challenge. A small path is not particularly useful if you need access to the. The road was widened to make a connection with the sandy main road. Now, a motorbike or car can easily drive in and out with goods or supplies.

A shed was built to store the agricultural tools. A well, which was dug twenty meters deep, must provide the terrain with the necessary moisture. We expect the first sowing of ginger, cassava and peppers in April when the rainy season begins.

March 2019

A heavy rain shower can sometimes be ugly. This was the case in Kati. Our well at the time  heaven open the floodgates, was eleven meters in depth. That means we must start all over again, but this time we will place sand bags around it to prevent washed  away water getting inside the well again. An extra roof can also do wonders.

Everywhere you can find small plastic bags for drinking water and our team has eagerly used them for other purposes. They knew how to gather about two thousand five hundred kernels of citrus fruits, and planted them in this alternative plastic containers. The kernels represent, among other things, orange, lemon and grapefruit. These are then sold as a young trees.

In the meantime other greenery sticks their head up above the earth. African spinach, gombo, manioc and peppers are in full growth.
The wood waste is burned into charcoal and a temporary shed is built to allow the material to be put away.

July 2019

The harvest of Gombo in Kati has been done. It is a vegetable that is mainly used in the daily diet as a sauce. Here they are cut into slices and dried to sell during the dry season.
The original name is Okra. More information about the origin, nutritional content and applications of this vegetable can be found on the website of Wikipedia.


In addition,  and for the first time the arachide (peanuts) were brought in too. These are also dried and stripped of their skin. The dried green and peeling will be used as food for goats. We also bought a tricycle to guarantee the transport of the harvest.

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The project offers an opportunity for Augustin and  a second person in a safe environment.. They have taken the intense training of  ecological farming, to evolve into an independent activity, to work as a team and to achieve results. Over time, they will be asked to pass on their knowledge to others by giving training in the form of organic farming for specific crops. This means that the people deployed in the field are given the opportunity to put their knowledge together and to set up, promote and manage the activities of an agricultural school.

Socially and economically, it will promote the individual and collective development of the members of the group through the profit they will gain from selling their production to satisfy their vital needs. At the same time, people from the prefecture and neighboring prefectures have the opportunity to buy organic products rich in vitamins which are in great demand from time to time.

The educational function is innovative in the region. The project is also intended as an experimental center where people will come looking for recipes and advice for the development for their personal farming activities. Young rural people who want to learn about ecological agriculture can, in the future, follow various training courses and learn modern and ecological methods.

Situation: the terrain is fallow, virgin wild. Located 5 km from the nearest villages and there is no electricity and water supply yet.

Location: Kati


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The young people who have already followed a short training were called to:

  • To close the covered terrace to ajoined classroom

  • Expand the sewing workshop

  • To build a boutique , a storage room and garage

At the start of 2018, a short training will be provided for the last part of the fence and possibly the raising of some rooms for candidates from distant villages.

Fence construction

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#Africa #Training #Masonry #Education

Autumn 2018

Three young men took the training course and reinforcedthe fence at the training center reinforced by adding an extra layer on top of the wall. The fence is now ready! The training took four months and with good result.


Spring 2018

There will be a short training of four months for three young men to do the last part of the fence.



In cooperation with the company Freevresco, a short training of 4 months was given for the third year. Three boys attended the training from January to April 2018. They learned how to make bricks, lay a foundation, and build a wall. This resulted in the construction of the remaining (3rd part) of the fence, on the inside.

By recommendation of the company, three more boys were given the opportunity to follow the training from September to December 2018, which also included a reinforcement across the entire wall. The courses were always given during the drying season when there is little work on the land (September-March). These young people then generate an extra income and can subsequently perfect themselves on other sites.

February 2019

If it itches you must leave. Mid-January, Herwig Deryckere headed for West Africa again. In 2017, during the months of October and November, he was also there with Chris. Together they started an ICT class. Now he is there again for six weeks.

In the meantime, he leads the courses Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. The participants receive a certificate when completing training.

The staff of ASFEEN was eager to learn and grateful for his knowledge that he shared with them.

March - July 2019

In March the lessons were resumed with 5 to 8 people per module with a frequency of 3 times 2 lessons per week. The teacher is Mr. Napoleon, part-time employee.
WIFI was installed in July in order to better educate and apply IT material and thus encourage even more young people to follow the modules.
With this we try to close the digital gap. Teachers and students in particular find their way to this course.


The knowledge among the students was so different that they had to be tested first on reading, writing and arithmetics to divide them into groups. The modules were adjusted to 10 lessons of 2 hours.

The students contribute to pay the teacher.


The IT training which began in October, under the guidance of two volunteers from Belgium, delivered five students with a certificate. It was a start-up procedure to enable us to evaluate how to organize things in an efficient manner for the future. We thank, of course, Christiaan and Herwig for the selfless efforts in these two months and for all the help that was needed to get started.


Computing started off well. Two volunteers, Christiaan De Beule and Herwig Deryckere, ex - workers at the computer science programs at Federal Office in Belgium  department Finances, are now on site for two months until 2 December 2017.

What will they be doing?

  • Checking and installing the computers

  • Screening future computer-teachers on knowledge and skills

  • Giving our employees and those of ASFEEN an intensive training.

  • Editing courses for the different target groups

Computer ​​​​​​​Training


The Red Cross of Flanders donated written-off laptops and PCs

  • 12 laptops in October 2016

  • 12 desktop pen, screen, keyboard and mouses plus 6 laptops in February 2017

The covered terrace around the office, where the literacy lessons were being given, is now completely closed with windows and a door. We hope to start initiation lessons at the end of September.

There is a lot of interest among school managers and teachers who want to know what a computer can do. Of course, the youth is extremely interested in following the courses as well

What still needs to happen?

  • The walls still need to be painted

  • Insulating the roof against the heat

  • Placing an extra solar panel

  • Placing two fans

  • Buying about 15 crutches

  • Purchasing a screen for projections and a blackboard

 12 laptops and 12 desktops are ready to use.

Additonal work needed concerning the INFRASTRUCTURE 

The heavy rains begin to destroy the foundations of the joining walls where the lateral path is situated. A concrete ditch should be dug to divert the water, which would allow the path to remain accessible for pedestrians.

The electricity pole with the meter must be moved. It is currently in the opening of the garage gate. The shop, the storage room and the garage have yet to be completed meaning the floor, the roof, the window and door levels. At the moment we are growing plants! It is necessary to place lamps on the wall of enclosure to illuminate the floor in the evening. It is necessary to install 2 large and 2 small metal gates at the enclosure. Painting and embellishment remains to be done.

Future projects

Individual help

#Training #Individualtraining #Africa

It goes without saying that we are limited in the organizing of training courses. We focus on what the community serves most, such as literacy, Masons, etc. This does not mean that aid can be granted if someone wishes to take up training, which is not organized by the non-profit organization. It is a question of individual support that is, of course, totally dependent on our budget.


The university training of geography which Honoré Amekou took was sponsored individually. This training started three years ago.

Support to the organization of AJESCOF-Mir of Edwige, a young enterprising journalist.

Gift of notebooks and pens for underprivileged children in the Vaughan area.


Herwig is back again in Togo for six weeks. Individual support does not always mean one person, but also one person for the benefit of many. Our guest received a donation from a dentist from Belgium. A cargo of toothpaste and toothbrushes. He would use them in Togo, in terms of hygiene. Meanwhile, he has not only learned the children from primary school, how to brush teeth but also tells them about the importance of well-maintained teeth.
Honoré Amekou - 4th and final year of geography university in Lomé
Augustin Wodokpoe - training of ecological agricultural entrepreneur in Shechem
Prince Asrafo Plakoo-Mlapa - idem, training of ecological agricultural entrepreneur in Shechem

No less important is the construction of other infrastructure that makes the training center a whole. Of course, priority is given to the training itself, but the construction of sanitary facilities (toilet) was essential, so was an office and recently the fence of the entire domain. The latter immediately links up with the bricklaying training.


Training location:

Agou-Apégamé: was part of the mason training

Other infrastructure

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picture3: construction below toilets
picture4: toilets



The association ' Friends of Zambia' is a De Facto organization established in 2015 by Hilde Van Haute.



They support projects in Zambia, with the emphasis on the self-reliance of the population. Among others, through education and entrepreneurship. Children and orphans are their care. This will be done in cooperation with local women and a congregation of black sisters. They believe that they themselves with all the necessary means to take matters into their own hands and to ensure that, in the longer term, through education and agricultural sustainable development is in Zambia.



  • Santa Maria Hospital

  • Saint Fidelis Hospital

  • Kacema Musuma Orphanage

  • Tete Kela Day Care Center for children from the slums


In the context of Music for life, there is a school that wants to organize an action (PTS Trail on 30 November). With this money, we want to contribute to a school for the Tete Kela Day Car Center located on the slums in Kasama, Zambia. Hence our cooperation as a vzw with 'girlfriends for Zambria' . Embracing Life vzw is registered on Music for life.

Target Groups

  • Rural Population
  • Children and young people
  • Women


  • Agriculture, Livestock and/or fishing
  • Water Supply
  • Health Care
  • Education



telephone: 0474 19 45 49



Donation: BE74 7360 1707 6007


Embracing Life has been accepted as a good cause by Music for Life / the warmes week. In this context, a coöperation has evolved with 'Friends of Zambria'.



Press & Numbers

A recognized non-profit organization is obliged to hold a general meeting annually. We link the useful to the pleasant by always linking a cheese and wine evening with a photo or video report




General Assembly

April 2020
Our stand is present at
Activities from the past years

19 mei te Gent : Goûts de Gand (beurs)

29 juni te Brugge : Feest in het park (beurs)
27 juni te Melle: Bib Infoavond over Voodoo (eigen activiteit)
7 juli in Melle: Wereldfeest Melle (Melse Feesten - berus)
10 augustus te Melle: Afrika in je Straat
31 augustus te Melle: Zomergloed (eigen activiteit)


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Contact nPO Embracing Life Belgium


Embracing Life Togo

Volunteers - Overall functioning

Mme Brigitte AGUIGAH - +228 99 56 55 79

Mlle Amée WODOKPOE - +228 92 90 62 01

Mr Bibio ADJIGNON - +228 99 55 01 79

Responsible the agriculture project at Kati

Augustin WODOKPOE - +228 92 90 62 00

Bank coördinations :

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Chairman and Founder
Kathleen HALES
Embracing Life NPO
Spoorlaan 53 - 9090 Melle
Office: Begoniastraat 27 - 9052 Gent
Tel.0495 38 39 98 after 19:00h

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Automatically one becomes a member of Embracing Life npo for the calendar year the payment has been made


Ref. banking:
IBAN BE23 0015 8200 1591

Embracing Life vzw / asbl
Spoorlaan 53
9090 Melle

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Every year we have a number of activities. The proceeds of these activities go entirely to the operation of the non-profit organization.

We are talking about:

  • Summer glow

  • Africa in your street

  • The cheese and wine evening (general meeting)

It is an opportunity for you to get acquainted with Embracing Life vzw

It is an opportunity for us to know the face of the person who supports the project and what drives her or him.


The African population has something in it's culture to do with rhythm, that is omnipresent. When you hear the men working at the weaving workshop, you feel like dancing on their ritme. The cadence of the weaving rhythm is synchronized with the movement and the feet. They create beautiful fabrics which connect flawlessly and reveal a splendor of colors.

Design House Winchester (U.K.) also included these fabrics in its collection

Design House is one of the leading interior companies with showrooms in the beautiful city of Winchester and in Portsmouth. Chairman Kathleen Hales' nephew has two designer stores in the United Kingdom. The woven fabrics from the weaving workshop of Embracing Life were processed into exclusive cushions that belong in cozy corners and design interiors, or how it is said in English 'a must-have'. The cushions are also available at our stand and during activities of the non-profit organization.




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Kathleen Hales, chairman of the NPO Embracing Life tries to be present as much as possible on cultural activities, exclusive markets and Christmas markets.

At the stand, articles are offered for sale, the proceeds of which go to the non-profit organization.

You can consult the Agenda to see where and when you can visit the stand

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You will find the latest information about us on this page. Our company is constantly evolving and growing. We provide wide range of services. Our mission is to provide best solution that helps everyone. If you want to contact us, please fill the contact form on our website. We wish you a good day! You will find the latest information about us on this page. Our company is constantly evolving and growing. We provide wide range of services. Our mission is to provide best solution that helps everyone. If you want to contact us, please fill the contact form on our website. We wish you a good day! You will find the latest information about us on this page. Our company is constantly evolving and growing. We provide wide range of services. Our mission is to provide best solution that helps everyone. If you want

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