The new school at Andasy is progressing very well. The builders are working hard and difficulties caused by rain have diminished. Lots of photographs can be found in the latest report by clicking below:
Readers will remember Noro, a young disabled girl who TASC have been helping for some time. When we met her she was living in poverty, not going to school, very sad and had no hope. Working with local agencies, TASC has used part of a generous legacy from Dr William Hutton to build a new hall for the school for the disabled at Andaobato, and to build a house next door for Noro and her grandmother who cares for her. The house is adapted for Noro’s needs and has a wheelchair accessible WC. Noro is now attending the school and is visibily improving. She has daily contact with other young people and is becoming more confident and much happier. She is now talking a little and has a reason to live. TASC Madagascar is also supporting Noro’s grandmother back into work so she can provide an income for herself and Noro. We are delighted that Noro is one of our amazing “starfish”.
The Hall is used not only for education but for local exhibitions, assemblies, parents’ meetings and other festivities. It is a wonderful addition to a inspirational place which provides help and support for disabled children in the area who otherwise would have difficulty even surviving. The new Hall opened amid happy celebrations in June. Pupils including Noro enjoyed dancing, prayer and fun at the opening celebrations which lasted all weekend. TASC is delighted to have been able to help with this project.
Here are the exciting new plans for our third school project. Click on the link to see how it will all look once finished. If you would like to contribute to this great project, please get in touch!
Following the successful installation of the first treadle pump on the Matitatana River, the community of Sarinesy has joined with TASC Madagascar to install a second pump to irrigate land close to their village. These treadle pumps are substantial, erected on a concrete platform to raise them above the river water during the monsoon season, and built to last. They will irrigate a substantial area and should help local communities provide food and employment. We will add more pictures as the work progresses.
Did you notice the story about Patricia in the last newsletter? Patricia was 16, malnourished, pregnant and suffering from magnesium deficiency when we found her in the homeless community in Fianaranatsoa during a recent visit. We have supported her by moving her into a halfway house and providing medical care and support. She has now had the baby and mother and daughter are both doing well. We will continue to support her and her family and help them into more permanent accommodation with a means to earn a living. We will keep you updated!
Five hundred and fifty environmentally-friendly ovens have been provided to families in six of the poorest villages in the area around Vohipeno. This delivery follows on from the success of the first donation two years ago. Word has spread and interest was very high. All recipients were taught how the ovens work and then given a practical cookery lesson. The photo shows a mother with her young child and brand new oven. Sincere thanks must go to our friends in Global Sunrise who provided some of the funds for this excellent project.
Readers will remember that in March we published details of our involvement with a disabled girl called Noro, and we outlined the plans we had to help her back into mainstream society. As you will see from the latest report from Trustees Pat O’Brien and Stuart Martin this has not been entirely straightforward (few things are in Madagascar) but with a lot of hard work she and her grandmother who looks after her are now much better placed for the future. This story started out with the desire to help one disabled girl – and it has resulted in a far wider benefit for many others.
Click on the link for the full report:
You can read of the achievements of the MIVOATSE project in Fianarantsoa in which TASC is working with Feedback by clicking on the link below
Madagascar.Achievements May-Sept 17 MIVOATSE
There is much more information on the MIVOATSE page of the website.
SALOHY RURAL SCHOOL NOW OPENED!
The Salohy School project came to a joyous conclusion on 3 October 2017 with the official opening ceremony. Over 1000 people attended the occasion including local Kings and the local education Minister. TASC Madagascar and their partners ADSUM were represented by TASC Chairman Stuart Martin and Trustee Pat O’Brien, both of whom have been much involved with the funding, design and construction of the site. The local mayor, who has fluent English, thanked ADSUM and TASC for their dedication to the cause of education and explained that the locality had been waiting over 100 years for a proper school. Many songs were written and sung to celebrate the occasion and Pere Emeric was given a live chicken! The teachers’ houses were also blessed and the first official game of football was played. The photos in the attached report tell the story of collaboration across the globe to bring this wonderful project to completion in a very remote area of Madagascar where, to date, none of the children have completed a full primary education. A well was installed by Feedback Madagascar as part of the development and on top of the new classrooms the project includes playground equipment, a Gazebo, basketball court, soccer pitch, swings, 4 new teachers houses, a 3 cubicle latrine, sanitation facilities and rain water collection.
CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR THE REPORT INTO THE OPENING AND MORE PICTURES AND TWO SHORT VIDEOS
AND ON THE LINK BELOW FOR A SHORT VIDEO OF THE SCHOOL
AND ON THE LINK BELOW FOR SOME OF THE OPENING PARTY AND THE TEACHERS’ HOUSES
This is a detailed report on work conducted by Feedback Madagascar with support from TASC Madagascar. The individual stories highlight the successes, failures and extraordinary challenges of working in such difficult conditions. It is a must-read. The work being done by Feedback Madagascar is changing the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet. Click on the link below.