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
To sponsor Trustees and MfM supporters on our epic Stride across Morecambe Bay please go to our online donation page

For more information about the MfM Stride into the Tide please see our events page .

Thank you!