Monday 19 August 2013

Turning the Tide on Poverty

It’s time to turn your donations into action!

We are delighted to announce that the Money for Madagascar Concert, Ceilidh and Cross-Bay Walk raised over £13,000 and donations are still coming in. Thanks to the strong legs and deep pockets of MfM supporters from across Britain, the MfM knees up will benefit four needy projects, bringing new hope to hundreds of people across Madagascar.
Parents and teachers at Ambohidava are already using £6000 raised by our wild waders to build 2 new classrooms. They hope to have these ready in time for the students to use in October.

The ‘rentrée scolaire’ is an expensive time for any parent. But for community projects providing education to destitute and disadvantaged children the worry of how to provide pens, paper and books to hundreds of children at the start of the new term can be the cause of many a sleepless night. So we are happy to be able to send grants to Akany Avoko children’s home and La Source special needs school to help them fund educational supplies for the new school year.
With donations surpassing our wildest hopes we are delighted to have raised enough to launch a new project to help women and their children in Toamasina prison. This programme will provide food, education, counselling and hope to the bleak lives of these incarcerated women and children. MfM is very concerned that prisoners should be treated with humanity and given the opportunity for rehabilitation. We feel the need to help these vulnerable women and children is even more compelling since the legal system in Madagascar presumes people to be ‘guilty until proven innocent’. This will be the fourth prison project that MfM has delivered in partnership with SAF- FJKM Toamasina.

Well done to all the musicians, dancers, waders, swimmers, bakers, crafts-women, lemur carriers and sponsors who came together to make the MfM knees up such a great success. Thank you all for playing a part in turning the tide on poverty in Madagascar! We look forward to reporting on the progress of these projects.