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
Nov 1, 2013

Our head Teacher Mparany

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Zahana's head teacher Paran

Zahana’s head teacher, “Paran” (phonetically spelled) has been with us now for almost 7 years.

Malagasy names are very long and full of meaning. Here is a short explanation from our team in Madagascar: the name of the teacher: RANDRIANAMELASOA Andriamparany fits to his job: ‘andrianamelasoa’ means 'the one living good things'. and ‘andriamparany’ means 'the last in the sibling', but as I know he has  younger brothers and sisters; it was maybe the plan of his parents at the time that he might be the youngest of their children, when they gave him his name.

Paran was the first teacher Zahana successfully hired for the newly built school in Fiadanana in 2006. Trained as a primary school teacher, he moved there from another area.  He took part in the intensive one month long training in the village, to prepare them (see website) to teach in an environment where there had never been a school before.

Since then he has become an indispensable community leader, who put down roots in the village, starting his family. He is currently the director of the Zahana school program, supervising and training our teacher in the other village and our two teacher’s assistants.  Has also taken a leadership role in solar cooking with the students. In collaboration with our gardener he has successfully grown many vegetables with the students that greatly enrich their school food.

We also feel it is important to point out, that our children go to school six days a week and our teacher only have Sunday off. Since our children want to go and to spend time in school, being their teacher is an all day affair, except for the month of July when the school is officially closed for summer break. Despite his work schedule as a teacher, Paran has been able to plant so many trees over the years that he was nominated for the third place, having planted the most trees in his community in our reforestation efforts. He was honored with an award for his efforts during the visit of the Minister of Health to Zahana’s villages earlier this year.

Our teacher with students in the tomato patch
Our teacher with students in the tomato patch
Planting Moringa trees in the schoolyard
Planting Moringa trees in the schoolyard
Getting the students ready to greet the Minister
Getting the students ready to greet the Minister
Leading the tree planting effort
Leading the tree planting effort

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Oct 31, 2013

Accounting for each tree planted so far

Planting trees in the schoolyard offers shade
Planting trees in the schoolyard offers shade

During the visit of the Minister of Health to our villages in July, personally handed out awards for individual reforestation successes. This important ceremony has reinvigorated great community interest in our tree planting efforts.  Distributing these awards, made everybody see and believe that Zahana really meant awarding reforestation efforts, and sparked a sense of healthy competition.  Zahana stated from the beginning that we will give awards in the first, second and the third year for most of the trees planted that actually take root and survive. Now the planting of tree seedlings can continue.

To take stock of our success so far, we have asked our two gardeners Bari and Jean to please reports back about the number of trees planted. Here are their numbers (as of October 14, 2013):

Planting trees Fiadanana:

2011-2012: 3,317
2012-2013: 3,278

Total= 6,595

Reforestation objective for this 2013 season: at least 6,595 trees

Planting trees in Fiarenana, the village where our master gardener Jean lives:

2009-2010: 2,629
2010-2011: 2,129
2011-2012: 6,092
2012-2013: 2,553

Total = 13,403

Reforestation objective for this 2013 season: 10,600

Reforestation near the school
Reforestation near the school
Aug 1, 2013

Awards for our teachers and gardeners

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Zahana's Assitant Teacher Awarded

In July we had a visit from Madagascar’s Minister of health and our two villages! Read more about the visit on our website.

Despite her busy schedule the Minister of Health took time to honor our teachers for their efforts. She personally handed out awards two both of our teachers, their assistants, and Zahana’s gardeners. We have included the (avilable) photos of these events.

The Minster of Health gave a special award to the students of our school in Faidanana. They made the second place for planting the most trees as a small forest on the slope behind their school and in their school yard. The community decided that their efforts as a group count as if it would be a person. The students planted and watered the little trees and well deserve this award and the recognition.

They accomplished that with the guidance of Zahana’s gardener Bary, who besides working for the community also assists with the school garden.

In addition to the awards,both, Zahana’s gardeners and teachers were got one pack of t-shirt, a cap, a lavalava and a wall hanging clock.

All of Zahana’s students were presented with a t-shirts. 

Ihanta and Markus

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Zahana's Teacher in Fiarenana
Assitant teacher in Fiarenana
Assitant teacher in Fiarenana

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