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 17, 2015

Successfully passed the high school entrance exam

Papers in hand waiting for the exam to start
Papers in hand waiting for the exam to start

With great pride we post this update for Zahana. Email and SMS (or text message) makes it possible to share the good news almost in real time. “Our brave country boys Doré and Donné passed their exam! They are among the 51% in the entire region of Tsiroanomandidy who successfully passed their BEPC (high school entrance exam). I`m really happy, we will celebrate with them. They will be living in Tsiroanomandidy and go to high school there. There is no better tenth anniversary gift for Zahana. Back in October 2005, when Raleva our traditional healer donated the land to built our community school nobody even dreamed of such a wonderful result.”

The door to the high school entrance exam room
The door to the high school entrance exam room
Inside the exam room, waiting for the test to star
Inside the exam room, waiting for the test to star
The parental house they grew up in
The parental house they grew up in
Back at home to study for the test
Back at home to study for the test
Their family back home
Their family back home
Jul 29, 2015

The BEPC exam on August 3

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Our 'Santa' with the new tree growing well

"The BEPC (Brevet d'Etude du Premier Cycle) exam starts this coming Monday, August 3 from 3 to 5 PM. The test will be held in Tsiroanomandidy*.

They will go to high school in Tsiroanomandidy if they pass the test. Once again, they will stay there by themselves like they were in Bevato for middle school. So let's pray for them they will be successful not just in school but especially as a reward for their exceptional behavior, they are so humble and understand where they came from. They are the best role model Zahana could wish for.

As I couldn't be with our courageous students, our Zahana Santa agreed to do that for them. He is leaving the capital on Friday to drive them from the village of Fiadanana to Tsiroanomandidy and find temporary housing for them there. We already sent new clothes donated from my colleagues to them, everyone seems to admire our brave country-boys."

Ihanta (Founder of Zahana)

*Explanatory note: Tsiroanomandidy is the next (and only) bigger town in the area. Tsiroanomandidy can be reached via a paved road from the capital (a five hour’s drive) and has such amenities as a hospital, electricity and a high school. It takes about four to five hours to walk from Fiadanana to Tsiroanomandidy.

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Jul 6, 2015

Reforestation update in pictures

Reforestation continues - Jean our master gardener
Reforestation continues - Jean our master gardener

Here is a report direclty from the filed after a site visit in June: "All photos of the trees the community planted we sent are from Fiadanana and Fiarenana. People are very enthusiastic about the reforestation in both communities and very proudly show off the growing trees. The best assessment we can make is that all projects have been successful and that neither drought not brushfires have endangered our reforestation efforts.

You may recognize Jean our gardener from Fiarenana in some of the pictures where he shows us the tree plantings undertaken by him and the community (e.g. International Women's Day). If you look at the trees you might recognize some of the seedlings from pictures we sent over the last few years."

Best regards,

Dr. Ihanta and Markus

Master gardener Jean in
Master gardener Jean in 'his' forest
Tending trees planted during Int. Women
Tending trees planted during Int. Women's Day
Jean checking the reforestation list
Jean checking the reforestation list
Trees planted in 2015
Trees planted in 2015
Kids and trees grow togehter...
Kids and trees grow togehter...

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