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Togo Administrative Staff

Jonas Nouhoum Akondo

Jonas Nouhoum Akondo

Program Administrator, Togo

Jonas is honored to join the Pathways Team as a Program Administrator. He most recently completed a Peace Corps Internship for six months where, among other skills, he learned the importance of sending girls to school. His objectives are to help promote Pathways' vision of girls’ education and their empowerment. His commitment to women’s education in Togo began at the University of Lome where he earned a Bachelor’s of Art in English degree with a focus on Gender and Development. In order to help Pathways achieve its objectives, Jonas is determined to work hard. One initiative he would like to start is to foster a relationship with government officials, especially to contribute to Pathways’ locally-based funding. In addition, because of his commitment to helping girls and women to be educated, he would like to work with volunteers on life skills training.

Yashmine Agbere

Yashmine Agbere

Finance Officer

After completing a degree in accounting, Yashmine simultaneously earned a BA in English and a Masters of Finance. Prior to joining the Pathways Togo team, she worked with NGOs like Global Concerned and SOS Village d'Enfants where she learned that no matter how small the contribution, it greatly benefits the individual. Her goal now is to help Pathways Togo maintain financial health, establish fiscal procedures and assist in securing funding that ensures the future of our organization.

Ablavi Gokou

Ablavi Gokou

Middle and High School Program Coordinator

Born in Togo, Ablavi left her native country in 1996 with her family due to her father’s position as an International staff member for the UNDP/WFP. She pursued her education in six different countries (Benin, Guinea/Conakry, Kenya, France where she obtained a Master’s Degree in International and European Law, and Canada where she obtained a Graduate Diploma in Management). Through all her adventures, she always tries to combine her love for travels with her dedication to International Aid and Human Rights issues. She volunteered and worked within various NGOs protecting Children’s Rights throughout Africa (Egypt, Burkina Faso), Europe (Belgium, France) and Canada. Recently back to Togo, her main objective while joining Pathways Togo is to ensure that our local girls understand that there are many more options/alternatives opened to them other than just being someone’s wife or mother. In her spare time, she LOVES reading thrillers/ crime fiction novels and was probably a detective in some past life.

Peace Corps Volunteers


Meta Tshiteya

Conference Coordinator

 

Meta currently serves as a Community Health and Malaria Prevention (CHAMP) volunteer in the  community of Zogbegan, located in the West Plateaux region of Togo. In her community, Meta works at the local clinic as an administrative support and in maternal and newborn care. She is actively engaged with the youth in her community through two English clubs and a health club. Outside of her community, Meta is a member of the Peer Support Network, being a support system for Peace Corps Volunteers. Meta graduated in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a double major in Gender and Women Studies and Social Welfare. Meta is committed to being an ally and supporting marginalized populations in any capacity; this personal mission has developed through her professional work with NGOs and state-led development in fundraising and marketing initiatives for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Before coming to Togo, Meta worked at Catholic Charities in the Twin Cities, at a transitional health supported housing for persons experiencing homelessness. Meta was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and was raised in the great state of Texas for the majority of her life. She misses eating deep fried cheese curds and loves meeting new people.  One cool fact is that she used to live in a international co-operative house with 27 people.

 

Austin Maggard

Grant-Writing Specialist

 

Austin graduated from Miami University in 2016 concentrating in accounting and disability studies. He is currently serving as a secondary English and Gender Education volunteer in Togo, West Africa until June 2018. Through clubs and trainings, Austin’s focus has been on building capacity and changing behaviors with the youth in his village. Austin is also an organizer for Camp Joie, a camp that brings together Togolese adolescents with physical disabilities to discuss their rights, provide resources, and empower them as individuals. For Pathways Togo, Austin is responsible for writing grants and establishing sponsorships with the public and private sectors. He is grateful to be working with passionate Togolese and American counterparts, and he is thrilled to contribute to the progress of the organization and its scholars. After his Peace Corps service, he will return to Chicago as an International Tax Consultant for Deloitte and study for the CPA.


Taylor Adam

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

 

Taylor Adam serves as an Environmental Awareness and Food Security volunteer in the village of Kougnohou in the Plateaux region of Togo. She is currently establishing a rabbit husbandry group and helping improve the current rabbit husbandry projects in her community. Taylor also is a member of several women’s groups in Kougnohou where she leads trainings with Togolese counterparts on microfinance, financial independence, sexual harassment, self-confidence, household food security, income generating activites and malaria prevention. Taylor graduated in 2016 from The Pennsylvania State University with a major in Community, Environment, and Development and two minors in Environmental Resource Management and Watershed and Water Resources. There she gained experience in program evaluation, economic impact analysis, data collection methods, and data analysis. In her free time Taylor enjoys playing with her dog Djeck, integrating through consuming large portions of Togolese food, and running. Taylor is excited to work with the Pathways Togo to promote the mission of the organization and help develop the sustainability of the organization through monitoring and evaluation.


Andrew Wells

Monitoring and Evaluation,  and Grant-Writing Coordinator, Third Year PCV

Andrew is a third year Peace Corps volunteer working for Pathways Togo as the M&E and grant-writing coordinator. He completed his first two years as an English and Gender Education volunteer in Naware, a village in the Kara region of Togo. Andrew grew up in Connecticut and studied Political Science and German at McGill University. He is excited to be working for Pathways Togo to promote girls’ education as a necessary part of gender equality and development in general.