Association Saint-Camille (ASC) is a comprehensive mental health provider operating a treatment residential center in Sokode, Togo. ASC started a cashew tree farm in Sokode in 2021. A new well is needed to connect the water tower already in place with the irrigation system to supply the six hectares (15 acres) with water for 600 trees. The project with supply a source of nutrition, income, and employment to patients in recovery. 1900 patients per year benefit from 3 centers in Togo.
Association Saint-Camille (ASC) serves approximately 1900 patients in residential centers in Togo of whom 94% return to their families. Others enter a rehabilitation center to learn job skills. ASC operates an extensive outpatient clinical program as well. These patients are often shunned, abandoned, and at times, chained, due to a belief that the person is possessed or contagious. ASC provides education and treatment at usually no cost to families and patients due to their inability to pay.
Sustainable projects that will aid in self-sufficiency for ASC and the individual patient is always a goal at ASC. The cashew farm provides work for recovered patients who are often physically de-conditioned. Men, the traditional laborers, will return to farming in this rural region of Togo. Women are also highly engaged in planting, harvesting, and food distribution. Cashews will increase the nutritional value of the food provided at the centers. The well will add irrigation when needed.
The potential long-term impact is improved rehabilitation of the recovered patients into gainful employment and farming or other pursuits of their choosing. A potential cash crop, as any surplus of cashews, can be sold competitively, and help defray a portion of the expenses of operating a center free, or at a minimal charge, to patients.