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In the years before Clinics of Hope was founded, Doctor Tom Mancini regularly led short-term medical teams to Togo. Following a 2003 trip to Togo, Nurse Debbie Motta shared her vision for launching Clinics of Hope – an organization dedicated to establishing year-round access to medical care for populations of rural Togo. A year later, in July of 2004, Clinics of Hope began opening medical clinics that
were staffed and managed by Togolese nationals. Clinics now provide direct access to exceptional healthcare for rural Togolese at little to no cost. Patients may come and be treated whether or not they have the money to afford medicine. The organization pays clinic staff, while the clinic facilities are provided and owned by the village. This way Clinics of Hope forges a partnership with village leaders and community members to care for all people in the village. Clinics of Hope staff – which includes a medical assistant or nurse, and a midwife available at all times – maintains local and regional relationships that allow for clinics to refer the most severe medical cases to regional medical centers. Clinics are now established in villages from Vogan to Sokodé and include Tigoe-Toka, Aso Apegan, Koveto, and Ganavé. Clinics of Hope is now ready to expand to the north where medical needs are more extreme. 


Clinics of Hope is diligently working to bring comprehensive healthcare to villages throughout Togo. The organization understands that in order to help the Togolese it must first understand the Togolese people. This is why, in addition to medical clinics, Clinics of Hope has introduced a new program that integrates research and disease prevention, education and empowerment of the Togolese people to help themselves. As Clinics of Hope expands, the organization plans to fund a training program – to train more Togolese to work in medical clinics, thereby creating new jobs in the village and raising the health standards.


Administration for Clinics of Hope is based in Lomé, and directed by National Administrator Mic Lere Oke. In the USA, the governing Board of Directors is led by Doctor Tom Mancini as President, and Nurse Debbie Motta as Vice President. Our organization has an extensive team of U.S. medical specialists available for consultation. Clinics of Hope is a faith-based Christian organization that follows Jesus’ call to care for all people. The organization does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, gender, or class. 



A story from the field...


IT SEEMS EACH MISSIONS TRIP TO TOGO TAKES ON A THEME OF ITS OWN. ON A RECENT TRIP THE THEME, WHEN JESUS ARRIVES EVERYTHING CHANGES, SEEMED TO FIT.


IN 2004 WE VISITED ASSO APAGAN TO SET UP A CLINIC. ASSO WAS BY FAR THE WORST VILLAGE I HAD SEEN. TRASH AND EXCREMENT ON THE GROUND, BROKEN DOWN, VERY OLD RED MUD HUTS AND A SCHOOL BUILDING WHICH HAD COLLAPSED DURING THE LAST RAINY SEASON.

ASSO HAPPENED TO BE ON THE ROAD WHICH LARGE 2 MILLION DOLLAR DUMP TRUCKS TRAVELED PAST TO CARRY PHOSPHATE TO BE PROCESSED.


THERE WAS NO RELIABLE WELL, NO LATRINES AND DISEASE WAS RAMPANT.

WHEN WE MET WITH THE CHIEFS IN 2004 THEY WERE THANKFUL FOR THE CLINIC BUT THEY REALLY WANTED US TO HELP REBUILD THE SCHOOL. SINCE IT HAD COLLAPSED; CHILDREN HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO ATTEND.WE MADE NO PROMISES BUT WE KNEW WE WOULD NEED TO DO ALL WE COULD FOR THIS VILLAGE. COH HAD ARRIVED. MORE IMPORTANTLY JESUS HAD ARRIVED AND EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE.

UPON OUR RETURN TO THE U.S. WE ARRANGED FOR A WELL TO BE DUG IN ASSO. THEY WOULD HAVE CLEAN RELIABLE WATER. WE ARRIVED BACK IN 2005 EXPECTING TO REBUILD THEIR SCHOOL AND TO OUR SURPRISE THEY HAD DONE IT THEMSELVES. 80 CHILDREN WERE ENROLLED. THE VILLAGE HAD BUILT LATRINES ON THEIR OWN. DISEASE WAS COMING UNDER CONTROL. SELF ESTEEM AND COMMUNITY PRIDE WAS GROWING, JESUS HAD ARRIVED. BUT THERE WAS A PROBLEM.


THE MAN WHO OWNED THE BUILDING OUR CLINIC WAS IN DECIDED TO CHARGE US FOR RENT.WE DO NOT DO THIS AS WE WANT THE VILLAGE TO TAKE OWNERSHIP IN THE CLINIC. IT IS THEIRS, IT BENEFITS THEM, WE SIMPLY RUN AND FINANCE IT. THE SOLUTION WAS STRAIGHTFORWARD THE CHIEFS AND ELDERS WOULD EITHER HAVE TO

1.FIND US ANOTHER BUILDING OR

2.BUILD US A BUILDING OR

3.WE WOULD HAVE TO MOVE THE CLINIC.

AFTER A SHORT DISCUSSION AMONG THEMSELVES THEY DECIDED THEY WOULD BUILD US A BUILDING. THEY ASKED IF WE WOULD PUT THE ROOF ON AND THE DOORS AND WINDOWS. WE WERE HAPPY TO HELP. THIS MEETING OCCURRED ON A SATURDAY. WHEN WE ARRIVED 4 DAYS LATER ON WEDNESDAY TO DO A CLINIC ONE MUD BUILDING WAS UP AND A SECOND ONE TO HOUSE OUR WORKERS WAS BEING COMPLETED! WE SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY MATERIALS AND THE 2 NEW BUILDINGS WERE COMPLETED IN A WEEK!


THE SCHOOL ASKED US FOR SOCCER BALLS/ A SIGN TO IDENTIFY THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL ( POSITIVE PRIDE AND INCREASED SELF ESTEEM) AND MATHEMATICS/ GEOMETRY KITS. WE GLADLY SUPPLIED THEM. WE THEN FOUND OUT THAT MANY MORE CHILDREN NEEDED TO ATTEND SCHOOL BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY BENCHES/ SEATS AND DESKS. WE ORDERED 80 FOR THE CHILDREN.


IN 2006 WHEN WE ARRIVED THE TRANSFORMATION WAS COMPLETE. AS WE DROVE INTO THE VILLAGE A LARGE CROWD OF 400-500 PEOPLE HAD GATHERED. THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WAS THERE TO THANK US FOR OUR EFFORTS. THE CHILDREN SANG SONGS AND MADE SPEECHES. IT WAS A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION. TO TOP IT OFF THEY HAD USED OUR 80 BENCHES TO SEAT 240 CHILDREN. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE HAD TRIPPLED IN 3 YEARS. AS THE CROWD DIMINISHED TO MY SURPRISE I NOTICED FLOWER BEDS! AND A GRASS COVERED SOCCER FIELD!  IN MORE THAN 13 YEARS AND OVER 50 VILLAGES I HAD NEVER SEEN FLOWER BEDS AND HAD  RARELY SEEN A SOCCER FIELD NOT COMPLETELY COVERED BY DIRT AND ROCK.

JESUS HAD ARRIVED; EVERYTHING HAD CHANGED!

IN OUR ANNUAL MEETING THAT YEAR  I ASKED THE CHIEFS AND ELDERS  WHAT THEY NEEDED AND HOW WE COULD HELP. THEY HUDDLED UP, DISCUSSED AND CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT ALL THEY NEEDED WAS A PAVED 2 LANE STREET STRAIGHT TO THE CAPITOL CITY!!! THEIR REAL NEEDS HAD BEEN MET!!!

 

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