Friday, 27 May 2016

Top Award for Irenée!

Here at Money for Madagascar, we would like to congratulate our very own Director, Irenée Rajaona-Horne for the recognition she has received in Madagascar in relation to her work in the country. Irenee has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National – an award for outstanding contribution which is presented by the Government of Madagascar.

The ceremony celebrating Irenee’s tireless efforts over the years – efforts that have only grown since her relationship with Madagascar began in 1996 as a Quaker volunteer at Akany Avoko’s Children’s Centre, was held on the 13th May 2016 at one of the schools that benefits from MfM and Adsum’s Ed4Life programme.

The day consisted of spending the morning with the staff that work at the school and the children that attend the school, along with their parents. Irenee, along with people attending the ceremony, learnt all about how far the programme had progressed since its introduction and reiterated the importance of MfM’s work in Madagascar.

Guests and dignitaries, which included MfM’s Malagasy partners, colleagues and Akany Avoko graduates who worked with Irenee for 10 years in Ambohidratritimo before she moved to the UK, arrived at 12pm, with the knighthood being awarded at 12.30pm. Also in attendance was Chris Sewell who was representing MfM’s trustees. Following on from this, all who had gathered shared a meal together.

To find out more about Irenee’s work in Madagascar and get involved, please visit – who knows, one day you could be receiving the Chevalier de l’Ordre National yourself!

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Irenee to be awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National Malagasy!

We are happy to share some exciting news with you all. Tomorrow, Friday 13th of May, the director of MfM – Irenee Rajaona-Horne - will be awarded the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National’ (a knighthood) from the Government of Madagascar in recognition of her services to the children of Madagascar.

The ceremony will take place in Madagascar at one of 34 schools taking part in MfM's Education for life programme. It will involve a guard of honour and will be attended by all the local dignitaries. We will be publishing more details on the event in the next fortnight.

For the past 20 years Irenee has worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of vulnerable and destitute children in Madagascar.

During her 10 years as a Quaker Volunteer at Akany Avoko Children’s Centre (1998-2008), Irenee worked directly with destitute children as well as helping to raise vital funds to enable the centre to continue its work. The attached photo shows Irenee with two women whom Irenee taught many years ago as teenagers. "It is a delight to see the children, who were once destitute,  grow up into caring parents who are able to provide a home and an education for their children." (said Irenee)

Since her return to Lancaster in 2008, Irenee has worked for Money for Madagascar, initially as the Development Officer and now as the Director. In this time MfM has had the privilege to support over 10,000 Malagasy people to fight against poverty and improve the environment.

Irenee would like to thank all the Malagasy partners who have made this work possible.  Likewise we would not have been able to make such a positive difference without the help of supporters like you. So thank you for your encouragement, interest and contributions!

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