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
Feb 22, 2010

Good news about solar cookers

Dear friends,

We wanted to send you a quick update about a very exciting development. The inventor of the blazingtube solar cooker generously offered by the end of last year to donate a large number of his innovative solar cookers and water pasteurizers to Zahana. We are very grateful, and this wonderful donation gives us the opportunity to expand the focus of our activities beyond solar cookers for the school in the future.

In January the first cookers were successfully produced in China. While we were in the process of figuring out the intricacies of shipping to Madagascar the devastating earthquake hit Haiti. With a dire need for water that is safe to drink the inventor decided to donate and ship most of the solar water pasteurizers and solar cookers to Haiti.

But since he is committed to support Zahana as well, at this very moment a few solar cookers and solar water pasteurizers are en route to Madagascar on a cargo ship. We have included a link to a Hawaii TV newscast about the water pasteurizers. Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

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Dec 28, 2009

Latest nes from the school in Fiadanana

Inside the unfinished school
Inside the unfinished school

Our friends in Madagascar just returned Dec 22 from a site visit to the villages and we wanted to send you a short update on the latest Zahana events.

THE NEW SCHOOL IN FIARENENA The school in Fiarenana, Zahana’s second, is to be completed soon by the community. The building was made a bit bigger than originally planned and a fourth window will be needed. The community has chosen January 17, 2010 for the official inauguration. But: we just learned that the parents and children decided to already attend school, despite the incomplete building, since the teacher is already living in their community. Early in the morning an eager child rings the bell around 7 am and all 55 children in the village rush to school. They stay there all day and are all taught by one teacher. While they go home for lunch, they come back in the afternoon. See our website for more information about the school.

TEACHERS’ TRAINING Three teacher candidates have been selected by the communities and Zahana. Two teachers are for the school in Fiadanana and one for Fiarenana. All teachers attended a 3-week training with Zahana’s educational consultant in the village. The first week was taught in conjunction with the agricultural specialist and the remaining two focused on the school curriculum. In February or March (depending on the rainy season) another week of training in cooperation with the agricultural specialist will round out the teachers’ training.

We will put photos on our website as soon as we get them from Madagascar.

Happy Holidays and thank you for your support!

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

The new school uniforms made in the village
The new school uniforms made in the village
The almost finished school in Fiarenana
The almost finished school in Fiarenana

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Dec 28, 2009

Our work in Fiadanana is very successful

The nursery
The nursery's gardner with coffee plants

Our friends in Madagascar just retuned Dec 22 from a site visit to the villages and we wanted to send you a short update on the latest Zahana events (quick links to the right).

CROP IMPROVEMENT: The potatoes provided by Zahana for the community of Fiarenana as a “seed fund” back in July ‘09 have been harvested. Since the price of potatoes has since plummeted they are mostly eaten by the families growing them and provide much needed food in the current “époque dure” or ‘hungry time’ before the rice harvest.

REVITALIZING THE NURSERY Growing coffee and papaya seedlings is a success story in Fiarenana: 2,703 coffee seedling plants are under way to be planted. Each family was given between 20 to 370 baby coffee trees. 76 new papayas were also planted. Zahana decided to retain the gardener longer and pay him to grow more seedlings for the community. The village of Fiadanana received 150 coffee seedlings, as a goodwill gesture from their neighbors. Please see our website for more information.

Happy Holidays and thank you for your support

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

Coffee seedlings
Coffee seedlings
Coffee seedlings grown in Fiarenana
Coffee seedlings grown in Fiarenana's nursery

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