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Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Ever wondered how to perform a tracheotomy? Or land a plane? The Millennium Choir will tell you how, along with other survival tips, in their own unique way. They'll even solve the banking crisis - now surely that's worth a small £7 investment?!
|Composer Andy Whitfield and The Millennium Choir in action|
Monday, 5 November 2012
|Local dignitaries cut the ribbon to open the latest MfM-funded school in rural Madagascar|
|The real VIP's of the inauguration - the dozens of schoolchildren whose lives will be changed by this new facility.|
The primary school at Ampihoaramaso is the latest in a long line of schools and classrooms built by our Malagasy partner organisations thanks solely to the kindness and generosity of Money for Madagascar's supporters. Without a decent education there is little hope that the children of rural Madagascar will ever escape the poverty trap and realise their full potential.
|Director of ALF and trusted MfM partner: Martin Ravelomanantsoa accepts the congratulations of the Head of Region.|
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
MfM has just launched its new Madagascar Birdlife Calendar 2013. Made up of stunning photos donated by the wildlife photographer Mike Harrison, the calendar celebrates the beauty and diversity of Madagascar’s birdlife much of which, as with all the country’s flora and fauna, is endangered.
Calendar Sneak Preview
The calendar also tells success stories from 26 years of Money for Madagascar’s work supporting low-cost, community led initiatives in the big red island. The stories show the many ways in which MfM has made a radical difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities.
Legendary Birds of Madagascar
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
|This skilled sewing student was awarded a machine to start a dress-making business with her family.|
If you missed the story about Andy's choir raising their voices for Akany Avoko scroll down to the post about 'Unsung Heroes'.
Sex for Survival
Friday, 24 August 2012
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Luke exposes the harsh reality for children who must forego their education to work to feed themselves and their families. As poverty rises so to does child labour, with a shocking 30% of Malagasy children aged 5-14 now in work. However the need to earn money is not the only thing keeping Malagasy children out of school.
According to UNICEF “The average Malagasy completes only 4.4 years of school” which is “a direct result of a lack of capacity: Madagascar does not have enough trained teachers and it does not have enough classrooms.”In our work with poor farming villages in Madagascar’s highlands, we have found parents that will make huge sacrifices to enable their children to go to school. This year we worked with four such isolated villages where children were unable to study for want of a classroom.
|When the roof burned off the school at Ambatofangehana it really was the final straw!|
|Parents and teachers dig the foundations of Antanetilehibe Primary School|
|Children of Antanetilehibe check out their completed classrooms.|
|No trees need to be felled to make |
these charcoal pellets from clay and leaves
In the coming months our students will be taking a school trip to the Ranomafana rainforest, starting their own plant nurseries and learning how to cook without felling trees. In 2012 over 2000 children will benefit from this programme. We look forward to sharing some of their progress with you.
Many thanks to our generous donors who have made this programme possible.
Friday, 11 May 2012
Sorry the Blog has been so quiet! If you’ve been wondering where we’ve been, the short answer in - Madagascar!
|Sister Annamma brings new hope to street kids|
“Homeless people are surprised that I come to the rubbish dump to talk with them. Life is so hard for people here now.” Sister Annamma recounted.
|Striving to protect vulnerable girls|
“For months I have been talking to an alcoholic couple who sleep under a bridge. I have been very afraid for their young daughters who are so vulnerable, especially at night. I couldn't sleep at night thinking about what might happen to them. At last I have found an orphanage that will look after the girls until the parents can offer them a safe home. I am so relieved. Perhaps these girls will be saved. Already the parents are making an effort to sober up. Of course it is not easy. But we must not despair. Even if we can lift a few people out of misery it is worth it!” Concluded Sister Annamma.
|Destitute girls delight in the chance to study|
|From the fringes of society|
|These girls will blow you away!|
Before coming to Centre Fihavanana these girls wandered the streets in search of food or money. Now they are delighted to have the chance to study and learn vocational skills like hairdressing. Each year at least 20 students should be ready for employment. With at least 80% of the population unemployed, the best option for most girls is to set up their own small enterprise.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
|Slash and burn agriculture is devastating forests|
Thursday, 1 March 2012
On the 14th of February 2012 cyclone Giovanna blasted into Brickaville on the East coast of Madagascar ripping down trees, schools, churches and homes as well as flattening electricity and phone lines in its wake.
Most cyclones fizzle out before reaching the capital Antananarivo, in the highlands of Madagascar.But not this time! As torrential rain flooded roads, homes and businesses..
…there was little hope for the make-shift shelters which were home to Madagascar’s poorest people.
According to the Bureau National De Gestion Des Risques et des Catastrophe by the time Giovanna surged out to sea at Morondava it had killed 35 and injured 256 people and left 241,597 people homeless and disaster-stricken. The devastated country had hardly drawn breath when cyclone Irina struck on the 26th of February killing at least 72 people and rendering another 70,000 homeless.
Now is the time to help survivors to rebuild their lives. Our partners at Vonjy Voina SAF/FJKM are experienced in delivering disaster relief and reconstruction to Malagasy cyclone victims. So Money for Madagascar has launched an appeal to help them in this vital work. The more money we can raise the more people they can reach.
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Friday, 24 February 2012
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
5 years ago MfM's work in Betampona was recognised by the Malagasy Government as a 'model' project to be emulated across Madagascar. But progress has been slow. While the price of rice has doubled in the past 2 years, much has been left to humble NGOs working with scattered communities to try to help the Malagasy to grow enough rice to eat. But with the Malagasy Government making SRI rice production a 'priority' in 2011, could there be hope to bring improved food security to Malagasy people?
IRIN Africa MADAGASCAR: The “less is more” philosophy of rice production Madagascar Economy Environment Food Security
Friday, 20 January 2012
Madagascar suffers from acute poverty, environmental decimation with desperate suffering as a consequence. This project enables farmers to earn a living in an environmentally beneficial way. Silk cultivation is a win-win development project for both people and their environment, because in order to produce silk you need to plant trees and look after your local environment so that silk moths will thrive. By helping farmers living on the edge of a ‘Protected Area’ this project helps to preserve endangered species in 2 ways: Primarily, the cultivation of wild silk requires farmers to improve and protect their land and value the eco-system around them. Secondarily, farmers are less likely to need to encroach on the Protected Area if they have an alternative source of income.
So far 69 men and 57 women from 6 poor farming communities on the edge of the Makira Protected Area have each been given 250 indigenous trees to plant. Already 15,000 trees have been planted. In 2 years time these trees will become the host plants for the farmers’ silk worms. In between these trees farmers are planting vegetable crops to reduce predators on the silk moth larvae as well as providing much needed food for themselves. The results of this project will be: silk to sell, food to eat and a well cared-for local eco-system.
Of course the farmers aren’t just sitting around waiting for their trees to grow! As well as planting and tending their trees and crops, the farmers are making the equipment they will need for silk production, meeting to exchange ideas and train new farmers and even rediscovering a forgotten species of silk moth! The rediscovery of the Ceranchia silk moth by SEPALI in 2011 opens up potential for producing new silk products.
Meanwhile, in the US, project pioneer Dr Craig is exploring markets for SEPALI’s exotic new silk products including garments, furnishing and jewellery made from pressed silk cocoons.
With this dress made from pressed silk cocoons making it on to a New York catwalk this year, the SEPALI team is excited by potential new interest in their products.
We look forward to sharing more news from Makira as we follow the story of the farmers who are trying to improve their environment and their livelihoods with the help of indigenous silk moths.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
The exquisite beauty of these intricately woven garments is a testament to the incredible skill of Madagascar’s finest weavers. Traditionally weaving ceremonial shawls or ‘lamba’ from raffia, cotton and silk, these highly skilled weavers have turned their hand to spiders’ silk with stunning effect.
Follow the link below to see the garments and hear an interview with ‘spidermen’ Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley, the masters behind this fantastical project.
If you’re intrigued by the ingenious silk producers of Madagascar, watch this space for our home-spun story from our new project in Makira - revealing the discoveries of the silk specialists of SEPALI .
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Looking back on 2011, Money for Madagascar would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported our anniversary year. Whether you ran, sang, cycled, ate, waded, knitted, danced or simply made a donation...thank you for joining in our big celebration of 25 years of helping the poorest people of Madagascar.
The money raised by these events has helped us to build new classrooms in Fianarantsoa, start a programme to feed and educate children in prison in Toamasina, launch a vocational training programme for vulnerable teenaged girls in Tana and fund a community conservation project in Melaky in addition to our on-going work protecting vulnerable people and endangered environments.
Looking forward to 2012 -Watch this space for inside stories coming soon from each of these life-changing projects that you have helped to fund.
With warmest wishes to all our supporters from the MfM team.