Zahana

Zahana in Madagascar is dedicated to participatory rural development, education, revitalization of traditional Malagasy medicine, reforestation, and sustainable agriculture. It is Zahana's philosophy that participatory development must be based on local needs and solutions proposed by local people. It means asking communities what they need and working with them collaboratively so they can achieve their goals. Each community's own needs are unique and require a tailor -made response

Fiarenena’s harvested potatoes grew big

Fiarenena’s harvested potatoes grew big
Photo from Progress Report 'Fiarenana’s potato harvest was a great success' (view small | med | large | orig)

Showing her potato harvest

Showing her potato harvest
Photo from Progress Report 'Fiarenana’s potato harvest was a great success' (view small | med | large | orig)

Solar water pasteurizers in action

Solar water pasteurizers in action
Solar water pasteurizers are a reliable (and cheap) way to make water safe to drink using the sun’s energy. Zahana recently introduced the solar water pasteurizers in both of our schools. (view small | med | large | orig)

Seven siters in the school of Fiarenana

Seven siters in the school of Fiarenana
The teacher told us that in this family with seven daughters, every day one of the girls is skipping school. Not attending school for any child being very unusual in Fiarenana, Zahana inquired with the parents. They explained that this is indeed the case. The reason being simple: While the parents are out in the fields working all day with the increasing help by the oldest daughter, somebody has to take care of the little one, not in school yet. Not to single out one child as a designated caretaker, they felt the fairest thing to do was to task a different daughter every day to be in charge of their little sister at home. (view small | med | large | orig)

Sudents and teacher with their school

Sudents and teacher with their school
All children in our second village of Fiarenana go to school and are happy to have their picture taken with their teacher. Note the village made brand new school uniforms worn by all. (view small | med | large | orig)

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