We arrived at Madagascar in February 2017 and we found families living in extreme poverty, suffering from hunger and thirst. Without access to water, children used to bathe only when it rained.
34 of those kids had moderate to serious malnutrition. The families lived in very precarious houses and the lack of hygiene and malnutrition cause diseases such as taeniasis, neurocysticercosis, chigoe flea, among other parasites or diseases.
Adults and children walk up to 6 km to be fed, to have access to water for bathing, tooth brushing and to wash their clothes in our Reception Centres.
Fraternal hearts have come together to change the reality of thousands of families. But there is still a lot to be done in Madagascar.
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. In early September the government requested the reopening of 4 of the FWB Centres, due to malnutrition already being more threatening than COVID-19.
Much of the population in Efotake, a community 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.
Fraternity Without Borders Canada is embracing the community of Efotake. Our goal is to provide food for 170 children and nutrition treatment for 33 kids under treatment in this community.
The monthly cost of this program is C$3,000. And we need YOU. 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 make it possible:
THE SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN AGED 2 TO 5 YEARS FOR NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT-
• We monitor the children’s growth and weight gain to detect nutritional risk and intervene before the child becomes malnourished.
• Children under 2 years of age are followed up in nursing consultations.
• Those older than 2 years are evaluated quarterly by the community health agents.
• Our goal now is to initiate partnerships for monitoring children in elementary school in each rural neighbourhood.