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Everyone has the right to live with respect and dignity.

MADAGASCAR

THE REALITY

When volunteers visited Madagascar for the 1st time, they found families living in extreme poverty, suffering from hunger and thirst. Without access to water, children used to bathe only when it rained.

Today, living in the midst of the greatest pandemic of our generation, the situation in Madagascar is urgent and thousands of children are at risk of severe malnutrition. The need for food and medical treatment has increased and the demand has never been higher. Malnutrition is at alarming levels since June/20.

Located on the island of Madagascar, the project Act Madagascar is based on the south of the island having Ambovombe as the main city for location reference. In small villages around this city, we find families living in extreme poverty, suffering from hunger and thirst. The focus of the FWB-CA project, Madagascar Action, is to help these families.

Sustainability

Community Support

Humanitarian Mission

Nourishment

Fraternity

Refugee Self-Reliance

Emergency Aid

Workshops

Arts & Crafts

Education

ACT MADAGASCAR PROJECT

Fraternal hearts have come together to change the reality of Madagascar families. The Fraternity Without Borders Canada is embracing the support to the community centers which give the Madagascar people access to food, water, medical support, and more.

Our goal is to be part of the development of the supported location respecting local traditions, culture, and religious believes. Each initiative will aim different support to the community. You are welcome to join all the causes that touches your heart.

As the number of donors grows, we intend to continue helping the community by extending the support to their families, not only with food but also with education, shelter, and professional development.

NUTRITION CENTERS INITIATIVE

Much of the population in the South of the Island has severe malnutrition, which presents itself in skeletal form or swelling, due to infections. Urgent treatment with nutritional formulas is required until they can resume normal eating.

Our goal is to provide food for the children in the communities supported by the project Act Madagascar. , there are currently over 300 children.

With only $20.00 per month, you can transform a child’s life by providing much more than food. Through your contribution it is possible to give them dignity and the chance to dream of a better future.

Your monthly contribution will enable us to:

  • Contribute to the 5 meals per week per child according to the nutritionists’ prescription necessary to treat the severe malnutrition, which includes, but not limited to, rice, beans, nutritional formulas before the meals according to the malnutrition severity of the child.
  • We monitor the children’s growth and weight gain to detect nutritional risk and intervene before the child becomes malnourished.

WOMEN FROM AFRICA INITIATIVE

Madagascar has the fourth worst water sanitation and hygiene conditions globally, with 94.0% of people lacking access to basic sanitation services (UNICEF, 2018). Women and girls often resort to using unhygienic, inconvenient, and undignified methods of period care such as banana leaves and newspapers to manage their cycles. Furthermore, research has documented menstruating girls’ experiences of shame, fear, and confusion across numerous country contexts.

Our goal with this initiative is to increase community engagement and understanding of best practices for menstrual hygiene. This program can spur a cultural shift rooted in supporting school-aged girls throughout their menstruation cycles. This support will give them the confidence needed to seek further education and the management practices best suited to them as individuals.

HISTORY OF FWB IN MADAGASCAR

Fraternity Without Borders – Brazil arrived on the island of Madagascar in February 2017 and found families living in extreme poverty, suffering from hunger and thirst, without a minimum of hygiene conditions. Without access to water, children bathe only when it rains and half of them have acute malnutrition. The families live in very precarious houses and the lack of hygiene and severe malnutrition lead to diseases such as taeniasis, neurocysticercosis, and foot worm, among others.

Among with other FWB chapters, we host approximately 16 thousand brothers and sisters in our 13 Reception Centers, where we work to offer food, hygiene care, recreation and cultural activities, training for work, sewing, agro-forestry, biochar, soap, handicraft, rust, and ecological bricks workshops. We have also implemented a bakery, to produce bread for consumption by the local community and to provide income generation for the welcomed involved in the production. We opened two reception canters in the city of Ambovombe. In the first, where the FWB’s headquarters in Madagascar is also located, we take in the little children who were living on the streets, begging for crumbs. They receive meals, hygiene care, and participate in recreational and cultural activities.

None of the children welcomed had attended school. We made folders, bought school supplies, uniforms, and enrolled 357 children.

None of the welcomed children had attended school. We created them folders, bought school material and uniforms, and enrolled 357 children.

The inauguration of the new Field of Peace, in Madagascar allowed an expansion in the services provided by the Medical Clinic. We now have two pavilions, which house 16 rooms and 24 regular beds for hospitalization. The place also has sinks for sanitation, gynecological tables and stretchers, and a vaccination room.

Besides the Medical Clinic, the Field of Peace also has a larger dining hall, equipped to serve more than four thousand meals a day. The space was planned to accommodate up to 800 people at the same time. And bathing, so rare in Madagascar, is even more accessible – there are 40 showers working at the same time. Every detail impacts the daily lives of thousands of families.

A hundred families that used to live in absolutely precarious little houses are now living in the City of Fraternity. In a donated area of 45 thousand square meters, the project includes one hundred houses, the drilling of an artesian well, workshops for work and sustainable cultivation. The community is encouraged to realize its own capacity for self-esteem and to experience values that cultivate peace.