The main reason I went to Benin this time was the fact, that 2 young German girls arrived in Cotonou. After having unexpected difficulties at the border Togo – Benin (I came in from Ghana), I just made it in time to pick them up at the airport. Thanks to our all time favorite Salifou who was waiting with the car when I arrived at the hotel.
Anne and Nadja, both from Heidelberg, are 19 years old and their plan is to do social work in Benin. They start out in Aledjo with ADRIA. Before we drove up to Aledjo we spent 2 days in Cotonou where they’ve met Tim’s family and other friends. It was a very warm welcome.
Same thing in Aledjo. Mme. Abiba and ADRIA prepared a house for them – 3 rooms, kitchen, veranda and – what is rare in Aledjo – electricity! All of us were overwhelmed by the kindness and friendliness of the people. It was a real open hearted welcome – very emotional, very touching! Anne and Nadja are in very good hands there! Thank you Mme. Abiba, thank you ADRIA!
Anne and Nadja promised they will update us once in a while on what they are doing … we have to be patient though, because there is no Internet in Aledjo … they have to go 35 km to the next village on unpaved roads … and right now it is rainy season:-)
Here are the very first photographs from them:
Nadja (left) and Anne in their new home.
Nadja at the market in Aledjo
Anne and Nick, the eldest son of Mme. Abiba, on their way to the market
Me, Salifou and Anne at the Yam festival in Aledjo