Children of Madagascar
Over the past two years, Small Steps for Africa has donated over £4000 to fund projects with 'Children of Madagascar' (www.childrenofmadagascar.com), a small organisation based in the village of Ambohidratimo, near the capital Antananarivo. They work in a number of areas, but their main aim is provide an education to poor, rural families, as well as helping with school and home building programmes and providing nutritional aid.
As well as paying the school fees for Albertine, Anita, Prisca, Rosina, Stephanie and Tahina (pictured left), we have contributed £800 towards the charity's breakfast programme and have facilitated the sponsorship of over 20 other children by generous supporters in the UK.
We are delighted to be involved with a new project for 2016, supporting Akany Faravohitra home for vulnerable girls in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Recently renovated with international support, this home provides a safe haven for girls who can no longer stay with their own families, either because they have been orphaned or their home environment is no longer safe. The Malagasy courts place children at Akany Faravohitra, which has a capacity to ultimately house 50 girls.
Small Steps for Africa is supporting Akany Faravohitra in a number of ways and are funding the following:
- 20 beds and mattresses for the dormitories
- Paying the wages of three staff members
- Facilitating the sponsorship of 8 girls at the home, with the aim to expand to 20 by the end of 2017
- Renovating a classroom, via the Brian Baker Memorial Fund, set up in memory of Charlotte Baker's late father, who was a great supporter of SSFA's work. Donations in his memory will fund this vital work.