Embassy Staff and Alumni Team up to clean Hospital

Day of Volunteer Service
Embassy Economic Officer David Newton and a member of the Global Alumni Association of Togo (GATT) help clean up the area around the Sylvanus Olympio Hospital as part of a day of volunteer service.

Ambassador Gilmour and other staff of the U.S. Embassy teamed up with a group of alumni of U.S. exchange programs on Aug. 6 to help remove trash and debris from the area around the pediatric section of the Sylvanus Olympio Hospital, Lomé’s main public hospital, as part of a day of volunteer service. The activity was organized by the Global Alumni Association of Togo (GATT), a network of former participants of U.S. exchange programs such as the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Fulbright Scholarship. Approximately 50 people participated in the activity, which removed trash, raked up leaves and debris, trimmed back weeds and overgrown tree limbs, and generally made the area safer and more hygienic for patients who utilize the facility. The GATT also donated a half-dozen industrial-size trashcans to the director of the Hospital. The activity was part of the Embassy’s effort to support civic engagement by youth in Togo. Ambassador Gilmour, during an interview with local reporters during the event, said the event was an example of how individual citizens can make positive changes in their communities.