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
Jun 13, 2010

Bonus Day: Wed. June 16, 2010

Fiarenana men
Fiarenana men's soccer club

Dear donor to our work in Fiarenana,

50% interest in one day? Sounds too good to be true? Not really: The GlobalGiving “Bonus Day” is a wonderful opportunity to ‘super size’ your donation to Zahana by 50% at not additional cost.

Thank you! It is your donation, almost two years ago, when we just started with GlobalGiving that makes our work possible. Since then GlobalGiving has offered Zahana an opportunity to meet generous donors like you we might never meet or reach otherwise. We hope an event such as Bonus Day might entice you to give again to one of our current projects, or encourage your friends and family to support our work in Madagascar.

How it works:

On Bonus Day (Wednesday, June 16) your donation to Zahana will be matched by 50% by GlobalGiving. This opportunity is a one-day only event, from midnight to midnight EDT on Wednesday June 16 (Eastern Daylight Time, not your time zone.) All three Zahana currently open projects with GlobalGiving are eligible. (Yes, we will send this reminder again on June 15 and June 16.)

Yes, there is a US$1000 bonus again for the group that raises the largest amount of money and the one who finds the largest number of donors, so please help us make that goal.

The latest exciting news: Zahana was invited to participate in National Geographic’s (yes, the iconic yellow magazine) Global Action Atlas. The Global Action Atlas is a way for National Geographic’s readers to learn and get more involved with projects. With the reach of National Geographic, this is tremendous opportunity for Zahana.

Please visit the Global Action Atlas though our website. National Geographic tracks the click-throughs from our website and recognizes your effort by giving Zahana projects prominent placement.

This was made possible thanks to Global Giving. In April we had a chance to visit Global Giving in Washington DC and give a presentation about our work to the staff. Currently all Global Giving projects are listed on National Geographic’s Global Action Atlas.

Last but not least we have switched our newsletter to VerticalResponse and you can find a link to it below.

Solar water pastuerizer tested at the school
Solar water pastuerizer tested at the school

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May 25, 2010

Rice harvest in Madagascar in May 2010

Dear supporters and friends,

Despite the current volatile and complicated political situation in Madagascar Zahana is working in both villages. Our work is needed more than ever. This report by email from May 19, 2010 illustrates the impact of the economic crisis:

“The villagers got a good rice harvest this year, but what is sad is the price, they can get for it. During our last site visit the farmers complained about the price they could get for their harvest. This year they can only get of 360 Ariary per kg (less then 20 US cents per kg, or 10 cents per US pound), while it was over 600 Ariary per kg in 2009. To give you and idea what that means for them: to buy 1kg of sugar, 250 grams of salt and one small piece of soap they have to sale 10 kg of rice. This is beyond unfair, to grow that rice took almost half year, it is a way to kill the farmers and they will consider giving up planting rice at all.

To counteract this trend we decided on a small rice business project with the women’s group. They bought 2 metric tons at 400 Ariary the kg with the help of a generous donor. This time it is a business venture, not for our communal seeds bank. The plan is: the women’s group will sell the rice at a later date when the price will have gone up to 600 Ariary so they benefit from the price increase and can share the cash profit.”

Markus Faigle

May 7, 2010

The work continues in Fairenana

The innauguration of the school in Fiarenana
The innauguration of the school in Fiarenana

Dear supporters of Zahana,

Zahana’s projects are progressing in the village of Fiarenana. The community has finished building the school and the official inauguration was celebrated on March 4, 2010, now that the rainy season has passed. The school had been unofficially attended by the students already since January 2010. The building was almost completed and the teacher had already been trained by Zahana and was ready to start, so Zahana and the community decided to send the kids to school. It is wonderful to see their desire to go to school and their enthusiasm. Please visit our website for the inspirational photos.

The villagers dug a well next the school. Providing water for the school and the newly dug school gardens, this is currently one of the few wells that still has water.

The microcredit project provided potato seedlings and beans to the community. Introducing potatoes as a new crop proved very successful and we will invite the agricultural expert that recommended it again to teach the community more about diversifying crops.

Zahana has decided, to keep the expert gardener, who successfully grew the coffee seedlings, employed, so he could experiment growing more seedlings and new crops with the security of a guaranteed income. This means that Zahana currently has 4 employees – 2 teachers in Fiadanana, 1 teacher in Fiarenena and the expert gardener who will hopefully help other villages in the region.

Please visit our website for more information and new photos.

Thank you again for your ongoing support to keep the projects going. Donations are always welcome!!

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

P.S. We are grateful for the opportunity to visit Global Giving in Washington D.C. in April 2010 and present about our work with Zahana to the staff.

Rice - grown in rows adviced by ag-expert
Rice - grown in rows adviced by ag-expert
The new well by the school
The new well by the school

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