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, 2013

Getting and award from the Minister of Health

Maurice planted the most trees
Maurice planted the most trees

A few months back we were told by Zahana in Madagascar the awards for reforestation will be given at “the appropriate time”. This time has now come. 

During her visit to the village of Fiadanana the Minster of Health, Dr Johanita Ndahimananjara took the time and honored our reforestation efforts by giving awards to the first 3 people who most successfully planted trees.

It is difficult to put into words what it means for a villager, what is the whole days walk from the next town, to receive an award certificate from the hand of the Minister of Health.

In this photo she is giving the ward to Maurice, the man who planted the most trees in his village of Fiarenana.

His award, besides the certificate was a solar cooker (see photo), a wall clock, a t-shirts, a lavalava and a cap. We hope that as a major opinion leader in his community the solar cooker might inspire others to get interested as well.  

Maurice putting on his new t-shirt
Maurice putting on his new t-shirt

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Jul 1, 2013

A Health Center for our village!

Raleva our traditional healer and his son.
Raleva our traditional healer and his son.

We have very exciting news! Through the tireless efforts of our Malagasy team, we were able to partner with another organization to build a Healthcare Center in our village of Fiadanana.

We are very excited that our small organization was able to build such a partnership that will benefit many thousands of people in the region. Zahana has been working in the village of Fiadanana since 2005. Since 2006, due to our participatory development efforts, the village has a clean water supply bringing clean water flowing right into the village. This will be the only Healthcare Center in the area that can pride itself to have a clean safe water supply. Since Zahana sees access to clean safe water as public-health priority number one, this is a crucial element in providing healthcare services.

A team of our partner organization (with the long name “Association Pour que vive Maroala” or 'Maroala' for short) visited our village in May 2013 to discuss the plans of the Healthcare Center with the community and choose a location. Groundbreaking was envisioned to take place by the end of June or in July, when our schools are on summer break. The pictures are from this community meeting. In the formal picture with the four people you see (from the left) the president of `Association Pour que vive Maroala` Abel Legendre, Raleva our traditional healer and community elder, Mprany our head teacher and the representative from Maroala holding up the blue prints of the Health Center.

The very latest news is that the Minister of Health of Madagascar has announced that she will pay a visit to the construction of our Healthcare Center next week!

She will be in the area for the official inauguration of the first maternity ward ever in the district center of Bevato.  From there she will take the hour-long journey over dirt roads to our project sites. That an official of such a caliber can witness firsthand the activities of rural transformation taking place by working collaboratively with our villagers is just simply amazing.  We are honored by this recognition, but also see this is an incredible opportunity to show participatory development in action, because we believe our results tell more than pictures or words.

Stay posted for more photos and news soon.

Ihanta and Markus

Community meeting listening to the proposal
Community meeting listening to the proposal
Looking at the drawing of the proposed health Ctr
Looking at the drawing of the proposed health Ctr
Checking out the site of the future Health Center
Checking out the site of the future Health Center
Celebrating the occasion
Celebrating the occasion
Jul 1, 2013

Our village will have a Health Center soon!

Looking at the drawings for the Health Center
Looking at the drawings for the Health Center

We have very exciting news! Through the tireless efforts of our Malagasy team, we were able to partner with another organization to build a Healthcare Center in our village of Fiadanana.

We are very excited that our small organization was able to build such a partnership that will benefit many thousands of people in the region. Zahana has been working in the village of Fiadanana since 2005. Since 2006, due to our participatory development efforts, the village has a clean water supply bringing clean water flowing right into the village. This will be the only Healthcare Center in the area that can pride itself to have a clean safe water supply. Since Zahana sees access to clean safe water as public-health priority number one, this is a crucial element in providing healthcare services.

A team of our partner organization (with the long name “Association Pour que vive Maroala” or 'Maroala' for short) visited our village in May 2013 to discuss the plans of the Healthcare Center with the community and choose a location. Groundbreaking was envisioned to take place by the end of June or in July, when our schools are on summer break. The pictures are from this community meeting. In the formal picture with the four people you see (from the left) the president of `Association Pour que vive Maroala` Abel Legendre, Raleva our traditional healer and community elder, Mprany our head teacher and the representative from Maroala holding up the blue prints of the Health Center.

The very latest news is that the Minister of Health of Madagascar has announced that she will pay a visit to the construction of our Healthcare Center next week!

She will be in the area for the official inauguration of the first maternity ward ever in the district center of Bevato.  From there she will take the hour-long journey over dirt roads to our project sites. That an official of such a caliber can witness firsthand the activities of rural transformation taking place by working collaboratively with our villagers is just simply amazing.  We are honored by this recognition, but also see this is an incredible opportunity to show participatory development in action, because we believe our results tell more than pictures or words.

Stay posted for more photos and news soon.

Ihanta and Markus

Community meeting about our Health Center
Community meeting about our Health Center
Listening to the guests
Listening to the guests
The foto celebrating the meeting
The foto celebrating the meeting

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