It will be hard to acknowledge every one who has made this proj ect pos si-
ble because of its profoundly collective, organic nature. Almost forty Duke
University students have gone to northern Togo over a period of eight years,
each making small but signiﬁcant contributions upon which subsequent
generations built. This is truly an example of the sum being greater than
the parts. A vast network of people in the villages made pos sible all that
we achieved: the families who took the students in and treated them like
royalty; the community partners and translators who attended assiduously
to every need; those village youth who participated in the proj ects; local
chiefs, and supporters in Lomé. Last but not least, this was all nurtured by
a generous, well- endowed university that encourages and provides the op-
portunity for students to engage in small ser vice proj ects abroad.
At Duke, we thank the units that funded the Togo proj ects: Duke Engage,
Humanities Writ Large, the Global Health Institute, the Center for African
and African American Research, the Center for International Studies, the Kenan
Institute. Many thanks to Srinivas Aravamudan, Irina Adams, Sumi Ariely,
Lee Baker, Lysa MacKeen, Elaine Madison, Randy Matory, Mike Merson,
Eric Mlyn, Nancy Robbins, Kathy Sikes, Rob Sikorski, and Carrie Slaughter.
In Farendé, we thank the families: Marie Ali; Albertine, Rose, and Reine
Katchawatou; and Justine Terao. In Kuwdé: Tikenawé Gnossi; Amélie Kan-
soukou; and Béa Welayaba (and their spouses and children).