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Dawayo-Chantier is about 6 miles down a laterite (red dirt) road from Dawayo, which is on the road to Gagnoa a couple miles outside of Galebre. During the colonial period, the French established a saw mill here and after the French left, the locals dismantled many of the buildings and established a town here.
Dr. Brou, the village chief, and other members of the village sitting in front of the old school. Dawayo-Chantier, Côte d'Ivoire, 2007.
Children walking across the town's soccer field away from the old school and toward the new school. Dawayo-Chantier, Côte d'Ivoire. 2007.
Chief of Dawayo-Chantier, Côte d'Ivoire, 2007
Stan Thompson died one month after we got back in 2007. Thanks to his many friends and to the respect the communities of San Luis Obispo, Los Osos, and Morro Bay felt for the man, we were able to raise $4,000 in order to put a roof on the school that Stan had inspected in 2007.
Cocoa farmers from surrounding communities come to hear about the dryness meter and the plastic bags. They are sitting in the school that now has a roof, thanks to Stan Thompson.
House in Dawayo-Chantier, Côte d'Ivoire, 2008.