Why the “compulsory
Humanitarian projects don’t come much smaller than PDH.
Last year, our entire budget totaled no more than 3000 Euros!
This is no exaggeration. To cut a long story short, PDH survives
entirely on a shoe-string budget of donations that trickles
in dribs and drabs from a handful of individual, non-corporate
sponsors in the UK. As a result, our funds often run dry and
in such times we are forced to send people away from our centre,
without the aid that they are seeking. The aim of this “compulsory
donation” of 150 Euros is therefore to ensure the availability
of funds, and hence humanitarian relief, in times where our
funds would otherwise dry up.
Why must I pay for food and
As mentioned above, PDH survives entirely on a shoe-string
budget of donations that arrives intermittently from a handful
of individual, non-corporate sponsors in the UK and other
countries from which we have received volunteers. As a result,
we don't have the means to feed and accommodate any Westerners
wishing to come and help us. This is the case for most humanitarian
Secondly, by requesting this weekly
fee of 30 Euros, which is in fact very reasonable considering
you will that you be fed and lodged like a King, we are obviously
discouraging those looking for a free holiday in Togo.
When do I have to pay these fees?
You will be expected to pay the accommodation and compulsory
donation fees within a few days of your arrival in Togo.
So where does my money go?
Firstly, your weekly fee of 30 Euros. This amount, in its
entirety, will go to your host family. They will use this
to provide you a single, clean room, three meals a day (vegetarians
are OK!) and to pay your electricity. Please understand that
this money cannot cover additional snacks or drinking water
(these are both regarded as luxuries by most Togolese). Yet
for only 2 Euros, you may purchase a weeks supply of safe,
packaged mineral water (insist on "Voltic" available
in cheap plastic sachets).
Secondly, your compulsory donation
of 150 Euros. This money, in its entirety goes into our project
fund. Please continue below.
How does PDH spend its budget?
From our project funds, PDH deducts monthly:
€ 150 Work related expenses
This covers fuel for our scooter, taxi fares, electricity,
office supplies and communications costs such as email and
mobile phone charges.
Total € 150
The remaining funds are then divided as follows:
30% High-energy foods
20% Drugs and vitamins
25% Set-up costs provided to hawkers and peddlers
25% Cash handouts provided to those in need. This
money is often for hospital and drug costs.
Incidentally, PDH has no advertising costs to pay as our website
was built and is managed and promoted by volunteers.
How many Westerners volunteers
work at PDH?
Although PDH is a small organisation it can place up to 10
volunteers at a time. Your accommodation will be either at
the centre or with a host family, either way all the volunteers
stay very near to each other.