Appeals 2018

 Christmas is a time for giving. While people at home may have plenty, Madagascar is home to some of the world’s poorest people and most endangered species of wildlife. To festive season, MfM have launched two appeals: 

MfM supports centres which care for over 1000 destitute children in Madagascar, providing them with a home, education and food. These centres rely on the generous support of donors around the world. One of the biggest costs they face is to provide meals for the children in their care. Just £5 can provide a meal for a child this Christmas and we hope to raise £5000 to provide a Christmas dinner for each of the 1000 children living in our centres.

Madagascar’s rainforests are also home to amazing and unique species of wildlife – but they are under threat. Deforestation is putting extreme pressure on the country’s rainforests, and destroying vital habitats putting many species of flora and fauna at risk of extinction, forever. Just £1 can buy an extra-special ‘Christmas tree’ which will aid in the restoration of these rainforests and also provide a gift to the animals which call them home.

To buy a meal for a child this Christmas, visit or text  MFOM77 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.
To plant a tree in Madagascar text HAZO77 £1 to 70070 to donate £1 or visit
A donation of any other amount will also be gladly accepted.

Make this Christmas count. Please share these appeals with your friends and give a present to Madagascar this holiday season. Thank you. 


Madagascar Drought and Hunger Appeal

As the drought in southern Madagascar tightens its grip, 850,000 Malagasy people are facing extreme hunger. Having exhausted all their food reserves, many families are resorting to eating cacti and boiled ashes to quell their hunger. Without urgent humanitarian intervention, these families will face starvation. 

Cactus pads are the last available source of food
Credit: Ben. C. Soloman/New York Times
With your support, we can offer them an immediate lifeline and hope for the future. Emergency food supplies will sustain them through the crisis, whilst drought resistant seeds and farming equipment will help them get back on their feet. 

Please Donate Today to help us offer practical support and life saving nutrition to families facing famine in southern Madagascar!

If you would like to find out more about the causes and consequences of the emerging famine in southern Madagascar, Click here to read a powerful article from the New York Times.

Thank you for your support!





Living on the rainforest margins, Prisca's family struggle to find enough land to grow the food they need. Increasing population pressure and land degradation are forcing them to clear the forest and hunt wildlife, such as lemurs, in order to survive. It's hard to consider the consequences of destroying the rainforest when the survival of your family is at stake!

With your help we can change Prisca's life and protect Madagascar's precious rainforests. Our partners can offer Prisca's family the chance to support themselves without destroying the unique environment that surrounds them. For as little as £10 per month, they can provide her family with the training and resources to sustainably grow rice, vegetables and fruit trees, as well as farming fish or keeping livestock.

Will you DONATE NOW so that Prisca and her family can have of a better life without destroying the rainforest?

Want to find out more? 

Biologically, Madagascar is one of the richest places on earth. It is home to more than 175,000 endemic plant and animal species including 50 kinds of lemur and plants with cancer curing properties. Economically, Madagascar is one of the poorest places on earth. Daily survival is a struggle for most of the rural population. Widespread malnutrition results in stunting amongst 50% of Malagasy children. This extreme rural poverty is threatening the future of Madagascar's forests and wildlife.  The World Wildlife Fund estimate that 90% of Madagascar's forest cover has already been lost. Continued destruction is threatening thousands of species with extinction.

We believe that it is only possible to conserve Madagascar's precious rainforest by offering the local people practical alternatives to deforestation. That is why for the last 25 years we have been working with communities on the margins of the Betampona rainforest reserve, helping families like Prisca's to diversify their livelihoods and to develop sustainable agricultural practices. Our aim is to both alleviate poverty and conserve the precious rainforest. 

Our long term approach to poverty alleviation is proving effective in the fight to save the forests. Around Betampona, we have seen many family incomes double. These families can now eat better, afford to send their children to school and visit the doctor when they are sick. Deforestation and poaching have decreased.

To ensure the future of the forests we need to be able to reach more families, giving them the chance to improve their lives sustainably. We can only do this with the help of generous supporters like you. 

Will you DONATE to give more families the chance to raise themselves out of poverty without destroying the forest?

Any donation big or small will make a difference. However, committing to a monthly donation would really help us to plan for the years to come and to target our work most effectively.

£10 a month could provide one family with the technical support and materials they need to sustainably increase their rice production and grow vegetables and fruit trees.

£15 a month could set up a family in fish farming or small scale livestock keeping. 

£20 a month could set up and maintain a community reforestation nursery.

£30 a month could employ an agricultural outreach worker to provide training and technical support in sustainable food production to families and communities.

£50 a month could help establish and maintain irrigation systems for a community.  

To help families like Prisca's follow the link below:



Other people's rubbish makes rich pickings for the children of La Digue

IMAGINE you're trying to get to sleep but you're too cold and wet; the rain is beginning to dissolve the cardboard box that you call home. Your little brother is coughing and moaning but you can’t afford food let alone a trip to the doctor. In the morning, you will trek to the city’s rubbish dump to forage through the filth for any leftovers that can be gleaned.  With no parents, no education and no skills your only other options for earning money are begging, stealing or prostitution. 
This is reality for Solo and her brother.
La Digue is home to hundreds of children who make a living foraging through the city's waste



In some of the poorest districts of Madagascar's capital, MfM supports community centres which   offer refuge and hope to destitute children and young women. Here vulnerable children receive food and shelter, medical care and education, whilst teenagers and young adults receive training and help finding employment. With committed care  over time a life can be transformed.

Your Gift Will Go A Long Way In Madagascar!

£10 could provide a month of hot lunches
£30 could  provide a month of education for one child
£50-£100 could provide a business start up kit for a teenager



On the 16th of January 2015, Tropical Cyclone Chedza hit Madagascar leaving 68 people dead and affecting more than 160,000. Many have been left homeless, with little access to food, shelter or safe drinking water. Many villages are inundated and rice crops have been ruined by the flood waters. Apart from this threat to livelihoods, the danger of water-borne diseases such as Cholera and Typhoid is on the rise, especially in urban areas where low-lying dwellings are now awash with raw sewerage.

Our partners across Madagascar are ready to help those in most acute need. We are hoping to send more funds out to alleviate immediate needs (food, shelter and medical supplies) as well as providing medium to long term support through the provision of seeds and tools for planting new crops and help rebuilding damaged schools.  

MfM has a strong history of responding to our Malagasy communities in times of emergency. We always provide support based on the needs identified by our partners on the ground. Although the work we support emphasises long term goals, such as disaster resilience, in a crisis, immediate needs must be met. A child can be provided a nutritious hot meal for as little as 5 pence per day! Whatever we are able to give will make a real difference to people's lives. By responding to their immediate needs, we are giving them the capacity to begin on the road to long term resilience.

Please donate whatever you can today. Thank you for your support.


If you can raise £25 we can raise someone out of poverty!

£25 will buy a business start-up for a destitute parent. A simple set of tools, or a job-lot of groceries to trade, accompanied with support and guidance, can lift someone from the depths of despair and hunger, restore their dignity and enable them to earn a crust to feed their family.

£25 will get a child into school. Impoverished children are currently condemned to illiteracy for want of a small cash injection to get them into school. This start-up fund will pay for enrollment, a uniform, and a school bag complete with books and pens to last them a year.

Please consider making a donation or running an event, however small. 
If you can give us £25 we will give our time and skills to make your gift a gift of new life!


Would you like to invest in a young boy's future?

Would you like to give a future to a destitute teenage boy?  

·         £5 provides training in solar food drying that will help a boy to derive an income

·         £13 provides worm breeding or horticulture training for one boy
·         £75 provides a starter pack of plant stock and seeds for a cohort of prison boys

Youngsters faced with extraordinary circumstances need your help to overcome disadvantage, poverty and abandonment.  In Madagascar, over half the population suffers from malnutrition and fewer than 20% of the adult population has formal employment.  After many years of political unrest, children have suffered most, largely missing their education.  They are forced to forage for food and with few prospects of an income it’s not surprising that youth crime is on the rise.

A child accused of a crime in Madagascar has little chance against the judicial system, without legal representation and presumed guilty until proved otherwise, they’re incarcerated in desperate conditions without adequate nutrition or the facility to continue their schooling. 

On release they are left to fend for themselves leading to a cycle of crime and prison.  MfM is working in partnership with the Malagasy national NGO ‘SAF’ to give boys a new life and a future free from crime.  Charnette is their inspirational leader. We invite you to join with us to make a difference.  Read Koto’s story below.

Worm breeding changes Koto’s life...

If Charnette hadn’t visited me, I’m sure I would still be back in prison by now.  Prison was the lowest point of my life.  I had no confidence, my family didn’t want to know me and I had no useful skills.  I had no idea what I would do if I was ever set free.

Charnette works for SAF and she visited me and other boys every week.  She was like an aunty, kind but firm.  She didn’t let me wallow in self-pity.  She encouraged me to make something useful of my life. 

There was nothing in prison to help me gain skills or improve myself but Charnette brought me some worms to look after.  She told me I was responsible for keeping them alive and showed me how to look after them. I discovered it was something I was good at.
The worms made compost to grow food which improved my health since I was always hungry in prison. I had a battle to keep the worms alive because the prison rats wanted to eat them. They are hungry too!  

On my release I was too ashamed to return to my family.  I felt I had brought disgrace on them.  So I went to the SAF office and begged them to give me work in return for somewhere to sleep.  Fortunately SAF agreed. 

I left prison with 20 worms which I looked after really well until I had a good stock and could earn a little money by selling them.  This achievement made me proud enough to finally meet my family again. My success with the worms helped me convince them I was ready to pay my way and grow food to help my family.

My mother amazed at the change in me was keen to meet the SAF staff who were now like a second family to me.  To show her appreciation, she offered to sew the outfits for the SAF 45th jubilee celebrations and I helped her.  This earned us enough money to buy a cycle-rickshaw so that I now earn income from the taxi and grow food with the compost my worms create.  I’ve even signed up to night school to finish my schooling and sit exams.

If SAF hadn’t helped me I would have left prison with no skills, no hope, no family and I’m sure I would have ended up back in prison sinking in despair.  My mother would have lost her son forever.  Instead I’m helping my family, carrying responsibility and working hard to contribute to the family income. 

Charnette is an inspiration to us all, confidently believing in the boys’ potential and refusing to let obstacles stand in her way.  Her enormous compassion drives us forward to find solutions and give boys a future.