Tuesday, 23 July 2013

See the MfM knees up for yourself!

On 13th and 14th of July Money for Madagascar's charity ceilidh, concert and Cross Bay Walk in aid of destitute and impoverished children in Madagascar was keenly supported by local Lancastrians as well as Trustees and supporters from across the UK. Special guests included Dom one of our beneficiaries from Madagascar, who held the MfM banner high for the  86 MfM supporters weaving through 9 miles of quick sands on Morecambe Bay.
 (Never try this walk without an official guide!)

To enjoy a fun selection of photos of the weekend knees up please follow this link http://www.flickr.com/photos/99298892@N03/

Thursday, 18 July 2013

MfM makes a big splash!

Guided by a Malagasy lemur

On Sunday the 14th of July 70 adults, 16 children and 4 dogs gathered from across Britain to take wild wade in aid of destitute and vulnerable children in Madagascar. 

MfM's Development Office and Trustees wade into the waves.

Thanks to the 'Queen's Guide' 100 MfM supporters safely negotiated 9 miles of Morecambe Bay's infamous sinking sands. 

Thanks to your support our wade looks set to raise enough funds to build 2 new classrooms in Ambohidava. Last year over 100 children from 5 villages were risking their lives to wade to school across a flood plain. In 2012 MfM supported villagers to build the first 3 classrooms of a new secondary school within safe walking distance for their children. With funds raised from the MfM wild wade we should be able to complete the school building so that when school starts back in October no children will need to risk their lives wading across a flood plain to try to get to school. 

wading to school

Instead they will have a secondary school within safe reach of their homes. 

Happy students at the new Ambohidava CEG school

You can still donate at  https://www.justgiving.com/teams/BayWaders 

Watch this for more news of the grand total raised and who else will benefit..

Monday, 1 July 2013

Striding out with hope..

A boy tests the depth of the water as he wades across a flooded valley to get to school in Ambohimandry.

MfM Trustees have just returned from visiting many of our projects across the Red Island. It is always moving and inspiring to witness first hand what can be achieved in the face of such desperate poverty. Over the coming weeks we look forward to sharing with you some news and success stories witnessed on our visits.

As Trustees roll up their trousers ready for our grand ‘Stride into the Tide’ on the 14th of July, we are filled with great hope of raising enough donations to make a very real impact on the lives of some of the world’s poorest children.

Children set to benefit from our wild wade include students such as Tojo, a child who took his first stride at the age of eleven. Tojo has severe learning disabilities and poor motor skills. La Source, the special school that he attends, has a programme of therapy and independent living skills which is showing wonderful results. When Tojo arrived at the age of eleven he could only crawl and had very little language or self-expression. Thanks to intensive physiotherapy and hydro-therapy Tojo can now stand up on his own and walk a few steps unaided.

Tojo (right) has learned to walk!

There is no state funding for special schools like La Source. The school is run by a dedicated team of staff and is totally dependent on student fees and grants. Money for Madagascar makes an annual grant to the school but there is so much more that we would like to provide. MfM runs a sponsorship scheme for young people like Tojo whose parents can’t afford the modest fees at La Source. Any regular contribution, from as little as £5 to £35 a month can help a child to receive the education they desperately need and deserve.
For information about the sponsorship scheme please contact the MfM Coordinator on info@moneyformadagascar.org
To sponsor Trustees and MfM supporters on our epic Stride across Morecambe Bay please go to our online donation page www.justgiving.com/teams/BayWaders

For more information about the MfM Stride into the Tide please see our events page http://moneyformadagascar.blogspot.co.uk/p/events.html .

Thank you!