Since three of Zahana’s students attend secondary school in Bevato, it galvanized the other kids in the village to attend school regularly. The three students have now been living for almost two years in Bevato, a two hours walk from their home in Fiadanana. They are walking home every weekend, to spend time with their family and help in the rice fields.
Seeing that it is indeed possible for their peers to graduate with a CEPE and pursue secondary education one village over, our students are now more willing to go far and study hard.
(See our website about more information on the CEPE the Certificat d'etudes primaires élémentaires or Certificate of Primary Studies).
For Zahana in our efforts of community wide education our school is one very important aspect. But there are also more immidiate and frighting educational moments.
There was a plague epidemic (yes, the bubonic plague) in Madagascar starting in November 2013. Zahana actively strengthened the fight against this disease through sensitization of our villagers. In the photo Dr Evelyn, the leader of Zahana's community health outreach program is explaining to the assembled villagers on how to avoid the disease and what to do if some symptoms may appear. Unfortunatelly some plague cases were been recorded in our region: in Tsiroanomandidy, the next town with a hospital, a four hours walk away. But we were very lucky and our 2 villages stayed free from the disease.
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