A school for 360 underprivileged children in Betioky
Madagascar, the 5th poorest country in the world, with a very young and poor population (60% are less than 20 years old – 75% live below the poverty line) has an enormous need for education, especially in the South.
In partnership with SOS Villages d’Enfants Madagascar (SOSVE-MAD), Don du Chœur is going to build a school in Andohasatra (a district of Betioky)
This group of mud houses is 10km from Betioky in an arid region with only one well. This well is used by more than 70 families who have between 10 and 12 children each, and who survive on less than one Euro per day.
The project is situated in Andohasatra, north of Betioky and seven hours’ drive on a dirt track from the main town of Tuléar. In this subdesert region the cultivation of rice is almost non existant due to lack of water. The corn and manioc crops are barely enough to feed the people. The scarcity of food is another factor keeping children from attending school.
In Andohasatra (around 700 inhabitants) the community built a small school with a single classroom ; the school was partially destroyed by a cyclone in 2014 but it is still used to educate around 100 children of all levels.
The project aims to rebuild the public infant and primary school, expanding it to six classrooms and with its own well in order to educate and feed the 360 children in the village.
When the school opens later in 2016 the children will receive an education of high standard given by state-employed teachers who have been trained by SOS Villages d’Enfants Madagascar (a training course recognised by UNESCO in 2014).
The meals, prepared by the families, will be financed by the Don du Chœur and the World Food Programme (WFP) from March 2017
October 2015: The project was validated in Madagascar by the Don du Chœur committee. Meetings and agreements with the national, regional, local and community authorities.
8 March 2016: The foundation stone is laid
28 April 2016: Charity concert with 400 Geneva children
April to September 2016: Building of the school
October 2016: Opening of the school, which will be subsidized by the DDC for one year.
This new project has come about thanks to the local knowledge and integration of SOS Villages d’Enfants in this area.
SOS Villages d’Enfants Madagascar (SOSVE-MAD) has been active in Madagascar for 26 years. It works throughout the country, with 4 SOSVE villages, and supports 54,000 children. Its aim is to improve living conditions, particularly in the South.
In Betioky, SOSVE-MAD has opened a community support centre for 1,000 people, covering schooling, professional reorientation, maternal and childhood protection, and nutritional advice. The person responsible for the centre has agreed to closely follow the school in Andohasatra.
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