Madagascar ranks 155 out of 187 in the Human Development Index. 91% of the population live on less than $2 a day with 77.1% living on less than $1.25 per day. Many health centers only have 1 doctor, and there is 1 health center for every 8,000 people.
There are 1.5 million children out of school, or approximately 1 in 4 children. Only three children out of every 10 who start primary school complete middle school. Two-thirds of teachers have not received any formal training.
Madagascar is at extreme risk of natural disasters such as cyclones and droughts. Cyclone Giovanna, which struck in 2012, completely destroyed over 2,000 classrooms.
After a political coup in 2009, foreign governments, not recognizing the new regime, began to cut off aid funding. Today, foreign aid sits at half pre-crisis levels. The Malagasy government, in dire financial straits, has steadily decreased funding for all social causes, and foreign donors, once focusing on social priorities, have completely passed the buck and encouraged the creation of NGOs to help.
It’s for these reasons and more that we decided to found an NGO in Madagascar. To rediscover, to shine a light on, to see once again a country so much in need.