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
Jul 29, 2015

The BEPC exam on August 3

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Our 'Santa' with the new tree growing well

"The BEPC (Brevet d'Etude du Premier Cycle) exam starts this coming Monday, August 3 from 3 to 5 PM. The test will be held in Tsiroanomandidy*.

They will go to high school in Tsiroanomandidy if they pass the test. Once again, they will stay there by themselves like they were in Bevato for middle school. So let's pray for them they will be successful not just in school but especially as a reward for their exceptional behavior, they are so humble and understand where they came from. They are the best role model Zahana could wish for.

As I couldn't be with our courageous students, our Zahana Santa agreed to do that for them. He is leaving the capital on Friday to drive them from the village of Fiadanana to Tsiroanomandidy and find temporary housing for them there. We already sent new clothes donated from my colleagues to them, everyone seems to admire our brave country-boys."

Ihanta (Founder of Zahana)

*Explanatory note: Tsiroanomandidy is the next (and only) bigger town in the area. Tsiroanomandidy can be reached via a paved road from the capital (a five hour’s drive) and has such amenities as a hospital, electricity and a high school. It takes about four to five hours to walk from Fiadanana to Tsiroanomandidy.

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Jul 6, 2015

Reforestation update in pictures

Reforestation continues - Jean our master gardener
Reforestation continues - Jean our master gardener

Here is a report direclty from the filed after a site visit in June: "All photos of the trees the community planted we sent are from Fiadanana and Fiarenana. People are very enthusiastic about the reforestation in both communities and very proudly show off the growing trees. The best assessment we can make is that all projects have been successful and that neither drought not brushfires have endangered our reforestation efforts.

You may recognize Jean our gardener from Fiarenana in some of the pictures where he shows us the tree plantings undertaken by him and the community (e.g. International Women's Day). If you look at the trees you might recognize some of the seedlings from pictures we sent over the last few years."

Best regards,

Dr. Ihanta and Markus

Master gardener Jean in
Master gardener Jean in 'his' forest
Tending trees planted during Int. Women
Tending trees planted during Int. Women's Day
Jean checking the reforestation list
Jean checking the reforestation list
Trees planted in 2015
Trees planted in 2015
Kids and trees grow togehter...
Kids and trees grow togehter...

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Jul 6, 2015

Rice as micocredit

Drying rice after harvest in the village
Drying rice after harvest in the village

This post rice harvest season we will do a micro credit project with rice, once again. It is based on the successful philosophy of the rice seed bank of years earlier. But this time we do it with the association of parents from the school in Fiarenana only. The goal of this project is to raise funds to maintain their school with the profits. This way the community gets empowered to support their school financially, without draining hard-earned harvest money from the parents.

The teachers in both schools have approached us as well to do a rice microcredit project with them. This will need some more meetings and clarification, especially if they envision this and a “private” enterprise, or a contract with them individually. We are very inclined to work with them, since out teachers are important opinion leaders in the community.

We decided to not re-launch the same project in Fiadanana again, based on our past experiences. The group in Fiadanana did not keep to the contract we had all signed. We think the best way to illustrate that there are consequences is to show them that we do continue to work with the people that do keep to their contract.

Rice paddy stored in bags for sale
Rice paddy stored in bags for sale
Zahana
Zahana's communal rice storage building

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