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
Aug 4, 2011

Zahana: ‘Project of the Month Club’ in August '11

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. You supported our work in the village in Fiarenana early on, when we had just joined GlobalGiving and we have come a long way since together. Thank you for you support and trust.

Every month GlobalGiving awards this ‘Project of the Month Club’ 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

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Jul 7, 2011

A clean and beautiful environment

Roses flowering at the school
Roses flowering at the school

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 work

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

Fiadanana
Fiadanana's school house
Flowers close up
Flowers close up
Flower bed next to the school
Flower bed next to the school
School in Fiadanana
School in Fiadanana
Fiarenana, the second school
Fiarenana, the second school
Fiarenana, the second school - side view
Fiarenana, the second school - side view
Fiarenana - the front of the school
Fiarenana - the front of the school
Fiarenana - school well in the background
Fiarenana - school well in the background

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Jul 7, 2011

Improving cooking in the villages in Madagascar

Low tech solar cooker
Low tech solar cooker

Our wonderful solar volunteer Bruce is back in Madagascar.  He has recently left the capital city of Antananarivo for our villages. Based on his experiences visiting and living in our two villages in 2010, Bruce has been looking into the best way to improve cooking and cook stoves in Madagascar. He has found an appropriate model that wants to build and test it together with the villagers. Last year he also introduced a low-tech, inexpensive solar cooker (see photo). He used materials available in the city to built this panel cooker. It will be interesting to see if it has been used and how well it worked or how long it lasted.

After a few weeks in the countryside he plans to visit other NGOs in Madagascar and share his expertise from hands on experience in Madagascar. One organization, based far away in another part of the country, has been working with solar cookers for many years and was building a solar box cooker model locally. We plan to buy a few of these Malagasy made solar cookers and have Bruce personally introduce them in the villages, to see if a "domestic" version is the way to go.

Stay tuned for pictures and updates as soon as they become available.

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