We arrived on the Island of Madagascar in February 2017, and found families living in extreme poverty, suffering from hunger and thirst, and with no hygiene. With no access to water, children only get to take a bath when it rains and half of them suffer from severe malnutrition. Together, malnutrition and lack of hygiene will bring diseases such as Taeniasis, Neurocysticercosis, Tungiasis, among others.
THE FIRST COMMUNITY CENTRE
We have opened two Community Centres in the city of Ambovombe. The first one, where the FWB’s headquarter in Madagascar is located, shelters young children who used to live on the streets, begging for crumbs. They now receive regular meals, hygiene care and participate in recreational and cultural activities.
In addition, none of the sheltered children were attending school before. We have bought school supplies, uniforms, and enrolled 357 children in school.
FIELD OF PEACE
With help of volunteers and people of the community we have built, in a larger area, the second FWB Community Center, called Field of Peace. We are now assisting 2,500 people per day, mostly children and mothers with food and clean water There they are also able to brush their teeth, take showers and wash their clothes.
HEALTH CARE CENTER
A health care centre with a dental office and a pharmacy has also been built in the site to attend to the community. Consultations and treatment are done by sponsors and health professionals travelling to Madagascar during humanitarian missions.
A nutrition center has been set at Field of Peace, and with help of health providers we are reviving the vitality of children that suffered with severe malnutrition.
Before FWB, many of Ambovombe’s children didn’t know what a toothbrush was.
We have collected toothbrushes and toothpastes and taught them and their mothers about basic dental hygiene. Local multipliers were also trained to guide the community on how to maintain their oral care once the volunteers have left.
Furthermore, we have built two dental offices and volunteer dentists are bringing healthy smiles back to kids and adults of Madagascar.
After seeing so much need, new dreams of fraternity arose. A campaign for the construction of Fraternity City has been launched, and with funds collected we will be able to shelter 100 Families previously living in extreme poverty in the villages of Ambovombe, on Madagascar Island.
Fraternity City will be a new and healthy place with clean water, houses and a school. More than half of the donated area, a plot of 45,000 square meters, will be allocated for the sustainable cultivation of food and workshops.
DANILO FARIAS SCHOOL
On a visit to the Island, professional dancer Danilo Farias saw the need of children and decided to change his life to help them. He brought people together and opened Danilo Farias School, enabling regular classes for children from north of the Island.
Fraternity Without Borders has become a partner in this project and together we have built new classrooms, expanding the study opportunities for children and young people.