Benin

This past Saturday-Wednesday I took a trip with Mike and a couple of our Togolese friends/colleagues to Benin. We made plans for a team from a church in Benin to come to Togo House’s first week of camp here in Togo, followed by the Togo House team going to Benin to help with their week of camp after camp here is finished.

Our team consisted of Mike, myself, Daniel (the Togo House director), Bruno (who is highly engaged with Togo House’s work) and our driver. We got to meet with the pastor/missionary there, attend church, visit a few ministry areas and partners in the community and see a good bit of Natitingou, Benin. We had a blast!

I’ve tried to explain most of the pictures below with headings and captions. If you have questions or comments, feel free to share! There’s a lot happening in these pictures and it’s hard to explain it all, so I’d be glad to share more with those who are interested in specific things!


Just a few views along the road (I didn’t take many, but these are a couple things we saw throughout Togo and Benin between Lomé and Natitingou):

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This is just one example of the ridiculous amount of stuff taxi/buses etc. fit on top of their cars. It’s amazing they don’t tip over more than they do. The little lines sticking out the top are the back seat’s legs. They take out the back seat to stuff more things inside and then use the seats upside down on top to help hold everything down.
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Next to a gas station where we stopped along the way in Togo, this man was selling all sorts of meats he was cooking.
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My hotel room in Kara, Togo where we stopped along the way back.
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My hotel room in Kara, Togo where we stopped along the way back.
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My hotel room in Kara, Togo where we stopped along the way back.
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Along the road back to Lomé we passed by this place coming down a mountain where the road goes between rocks. The part on the left has separated from the part on the right. It’s quite the scene.
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Bruno and Daniel in front of the rocks!

 

 

Things we saw in and around Natitingou while we were there:

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Our hotel in Natitingou.
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Our hotel in Natitingou.
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Daniel and myself in front of the hotel on the back of our truck.
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Daniel in front of the hotel on the back of our truck.
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The lobby of the hotel.
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The front door fo the hotel. Note the interesting sign on the back of the door. It reads “ZERO Tolerance of the marriage of children.”
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My hotel room.
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My hotel room.
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My hotel room.
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View from my hotel room.
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View from my hotel room.

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We went exploring up the mountain a bit the first afternoon we were there:IMG_8361IMG_8366IMG_8369IMG_8372IMG_8375

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View of the city after we drove up the mountain.
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The road was not always drivable and we often went off on the sides. Here’s one place where we crossed the actual road but couldn’t drive on it.

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Traditional “tata” homes found in this region of the country. We got to go in a family’s home, but I did not take pictures while we were there. Mike has some I will try to get from him.
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Daniel being goofy.
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Me at the entrance of an abandoned tata on the side of the road.
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A yummy, interesting fruit Daniel knocked off a tree. I can’t remember the name of it, but it was pretty tasty.

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Mosques were everywhere in this heavily Muslim area. Often they were painted with pretty, bright colors.
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A very large, old baobab tree along the side of the road.
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A beehive set up in a tree to collect honey.
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An interesting “sink” this girl is using to wash clothes. Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of the foot-powered well next to her.

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Bruno collecting plants on the side of the road to bring back for his plant shop.
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Daniel helped collect plants too.
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Our road became oddly precarious if you continued on past where we stopped (though I think they’d built a less dangerous section below it and that part wasn’t really in use).

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A “college” (aka middle school) along the road. It looks very similar to many of the schools we saw.
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Something burning along the side of the road. Burning trash is very common around here (in Lomé as well).
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Guys playing soccer on the side of the road.

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Our group relaxing and playing Mexican Train dominoes at the hotel the first evening we were in Natitingou.

The church owns a piece of land where they grow crops. We got to go visit it and see what they are doing:

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An interesting way of growing crops, everything is in dirt piles.
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Water running down the mountain worked well to irrigate their plants.
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Water running down the mountain worked well to irrigate their plants.

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Examining a mushroom they found.
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Examining a mushroom they found.
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The pastor speaking to the group.
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Planting crops by hand in the background.

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Just chilling with his “planting tools.”

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Her hair has tiny pieces of plastic wrapped around each piece.

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The statue in the middle of the roundabout. An old warrior from the area.

We then visited a place where one of the church attendee’s father had begun building a resort before money ran out. It was very pretty, just unfinished:

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Bricks made by hand.

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Each table section had “Benin <3s _____” with the shapes and names of Africa and other West African countries on each one.

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There was a monkey attached to the top of this taxi (I hope you can see it).

We ate lunch at Pastor’s house one day (I don’t have pictures inside or of lunch):

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Pastor’s house.
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Pastor’s wife.
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Pastor’s house.
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Pastor’s house. This is used for Bible study videos with small groups.
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Pastor’s house.
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Pastor’s house.
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Pastor’s house.
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Pastor’s house.

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Pastor’s house.

One day we went to see the waterfall up the mountain. It was so beautiful:

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A beautiful local mosque.
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Youki, a local soda company, has a delicious coffee drink that I got to taste on the last day of our trip!
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One thought on “Benin”

  1. Marianna,

    Thank you for the update. God Bless You. Kathy

    On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 3:59 PM A Summer in Togo wrote:

    > mariannahilldrup posted: “This past Saturday-Wednesday I took a trip with > Mike and a couple of our Togolese friends/colleagues to Benin. We made > plans for a team from a church in Benin to come to Togo House’s first week > of camp here in Togo, followed by the Togo House team going t” >

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