Dear friends,We are happy and proud to announce that for August 2011 Zahana is featured in the ‘Project of the Month Club’ at GlobalGiving. Every month GlobalGiving awards this designation to a new exceptionally high performing project. For August our ‘Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana’ takes the spotlight on the GlobalGiving website. We are thankful to GlobalGiving for this great opportunity to reach a wider audience of dedicated donors for Zahana. Please check it out and let all your friends know.Best regards,Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus
Dear friends,Please look at the pictures attached (you may need to click on the link in your email to see them on-line); pictures are the core of our update. Dr. Ramihantaniarivo, Zahana’s founder draws inspiration from Sarvoday in Sri Lanka, one of the largest indigenous community based development organizations. Rooted in Buddhist thinking the Sarvodaya Movement has identified ten elementary and basic needs for development. Number one is: “A clean and beautiful environment”. Creating a beautiful environment is one of these less tangible things. It does not have a budget or a dollar value attached. It makes people proud to be living where they are. In the spirit of this development need, the children have been encouraged to plant flowers around their schools, creating a beautiful space for them to spend their days learning in a rather arid environment.
How many schools have roses flowering next to their (only) classroom door?Thank you for your support for our workIhanta, Jeannette and Markus
In mid March of 2011 we got a call from Fiarenana's teacher (cell phones are amazing) that the food situation in the village is getting much worse. Many children were so hungry, they couldn't attend school anymore. All the while their parents had to spent all day in the the rice paddies, making sure the future rice harvest would be tended. Zahana immediately bought and delivered bags of noodles and protein powder, so the children could get a bowl of soup in school. The pictures are from the first day after the ingredients arrived there. Thank you to all of you who support our project and make such effort possible.
We could not have done it without your support! The temptation was big to just send a progress report with two words: “Thank you”. But, we wanted to explain it a bit more: February 2011 Zahana was awarded “Superstar” status, the highest level an organization can reach on GlobalGiving! Regular progress report by our amazing Malagasy team, combined with your donor support got us among the 30 superstars, a brand new program launched at GlobalGiving. Last but not least: March 16 - Bonus Day at GlobalGiving.On March 16, 2011 GlobalGiving is matching at 30% all online donations (up to US$1,000 per donor per project) with $75,000 available in matching funds. The last time matching funds were depleted half way into the Bonus Day, so be ready midnight EST on March 16 if you would like to top off your generous donation to Zahana.Thank you.Ihanta, Jeannette and MarkusP.S. Zahana did not get chosen for the Ford Focus test drive in February 2011.
Dear friends,Thanks to GlobalGiving’s endorsement Zahana is entitled to compete for the $10,000 prize money in the Ford Focus Global Test Drive. Another creative fundraising strategy to explore, we just submitted a video. Now we hope to get chosen with your help. If you are on Facebook and would like to support us, the steps are:Please watch the video “Changing lives in Madagascar” click on “love it” in the bottom and encourage all your friends to do the same. If we get enough “love its” we are in and get the $10,000. We only have until Dec 31, so procrastination is not an option anymore. (If this does not work just send me an email at email@example.com and I forward you the URL by email.)
And while you are on Facebook why not “like” Zahana’s Facebook page as well? We are in the process of redesigning our own website www.zahana.org, to make it (hopefully) easier to navigate. Please visit if you get a chance and let us know what you think of the new look.Last but not least with the end of the (tax) year near, we hope you might consider Zahana in your giving as well. You may do so on-line from the links in this update, or you can as always send a good old check in the postal mail to Zahana (see website for details).For the last minute virtual gift you could always download a Zahana Thank you card and make a donation in somebody elses’ name. Happy Holidays,Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus
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