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
Apr 6, 2011

Solar water pasteurizer in the school in Fiarenana

Drinking safe water
Drinking safe water

This is an update though photos: our students use the solar water pasteurizer, donated by Developing World Solar in Hawaii, to make their drinking water safe. All they need to do is to put the water bottles in the sun and wait. (See website for technical details). Once the solar pasteurized water has cooled down enough, the students can quench their thirst safely. 

Solar water pasteurization is at the moment the only reliable way to get safe drinking water in the school. The village’s only a ground well with water all year round is in the schoolyard in Fiarenana. Most other wells run dry in the rainless months. As with many ground wells in developing countries, water safety for drinking water is an issue and we are very happy to see that the students have adopted this innovative, novel idea, making good use of the solar water pasteurizers.

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Apr 4, 2011

That's why we do it

Children eating soup in the school
Children eating soup in the school

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.

Cooking soup in the school yard
Cooking soup in the school yard
Eating soup in the class room
Eating soup in the class room
Happy kids
Happy kids
Soup in the school yard
Soup in the school yard
All of the village
All of the village's children get their soup
Bags of noodles for the village
Bags of noodles for the village

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Mar 1, 2011

Thank you for making us a superstar!

Thank you! 

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 Markus

P.S. Zahana did not get chosen for the Ford Focus test drive in February 2011.

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