A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana

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Zahana's Assitant Teacher Awarded

In July we had a visit from Madagascar’s Minister of health and our two villages! Read more about the visit on our website.

Despite her busy schedule the Minister of Health took time to honor our teachers for their efforts. She personally handed out awards two both of our teachers, their assistants, and Zahana’s gardeners. We have included the (avilable) photos of these events.

The Minster of Health gave a special award to the students of our school in Faidanana. They made the second place for planting the most trees as a small forest on the slope behind their school and in their school yard. The community decided that their efforts as a group count as if it would be a person. The students planted and watered the little trees and well deserve this award and the recognition.

They accomplished that with the guidance of Zahana’s gardener Bary, who besides working for the community also assists with the school garden.

In addition to the awards,both, Zahana’s gardeners and teachers were got one pack of t-shirt, a cap, a lavalava and a wall hanging clock.

All of Zahana’s students were presented with a t-shirts. 

Ihanta and Markus

Zahana
Zahana's Teacher in Fiarenana
Assitant teacher in Fiarenana
Assitant teacher in Fiarenana
Proposing the Health Center to the Community
Proposing the Health Center to the Community

We have very exciting news! Through the tireless efforts of our Malagasy team, we were able to partner with another organization to build a Healthcare Center in our village of Fiadanana.

We are very excited that our small organization was able to build such a partnership that will benefit many thousands of people in the region. Zahana has been working in the village of Fiadanana since 2005. Since 2006, due to our participatory development efforts, the village has a clean water supply bringing clean water flowing right into the village. This will be the only Healthcare Center in the area that can pride itself to have a clean safe water supply. Since Zahana sees access to clean safe water as public-health priority number one, this is a crucial element in providing healthcare services.

A team of our partner organization (with the long name “Association Pour que vive Maroala” or 'Maroala' for short) visited our village in May 2013 to discuss the plans of the Healthcare Center with the community and choose a location. Groundbreaking was envisioned to take place by the end of June or in July, when our schools are on summer break. The pictures are from this community meeting. In the formal picture with the four people you see (from the left) the president of `Association Pour que vive Maroala` Abel Legendre, Raleva our traditional healer and community elder, Mprany our head teacher and the representative from Maroala holding up the blue prints of the Health Center.

The very latest news is that the Minister of Health of Madagascar has announced that she will pay a visit to the construction of our Healthcare Center next week!

She will be in the area for the official inauguration of the first maternity ward ever in the district center of Bevato.  From there she will take the hour-long journey over dirt roads to our project sites. That an official of such a caliber can witness firsthand the activities of rural transformation taking place by working collaboratively with our villagers is just simply amazing.  We are honored by this recognition, but also see this is an incredible opportunity to show participatory development in action, because we believe our results tell more than pictures or words.

Stay posted for more photos and news soon.

Ihanta and Markus

Looking at the blue prints
Looking at the blue prints
Call a community meeting and they all attend
Call a community meeting and they all attend
Foto-op at the community meeting
Foto-op at the community meeting
Zahana
Zahana's school in Fiarenana

The cornerstone of participatory development is the ‘participatory’ part, or in more modern language the ‘buy in’ by the community, exemplified in the building of their school. This extends to buy-in on a local, hands-on community level, but also on the bigger, national level. 

In this train of thought we had very exciting news: A local NGO in Madagascar, with ties to Korea, has decided to hire and pay the salary of two teaching assistants for our schools for three days a week. This financial commitment generated in country is very reassuring for us that Zahana’s approach is taking root in Madagascar.  

While we had indeed been wondering how our teachers could cope with a teaching load of 50 to 70 students in one classroom every week, we had waited until the request for teaching assistants came from the community itself. Once the request was made, we were delighted to find local financial support for this endeavor. 

Now Zahana’s task will be to find, interview, hire and train the new teaching assistants. We hope to be able to combine this with a refresher teacher training in the village this summer. 

Best regards,

Ihanta and Markus

The class room
The class room
Children at their school in Fiadanana
Children at their school in Fiadanana
The School Christmas tree in 2011
The School Christmas tree in 2011

Dear friends, 

We hope you all had wonderful Holidays and a Good New Year Celebration.

We received two quick Christmas celebration videos from Zahana that we have posted on our YouTube Zahana Channel. If you get a chance, click on the link and have a look.

Both videos are from the December 23, 2012 celebration at our school in Fiadanana, with our students dancing. As you will see, the tree planted in front of the school doubled as a Christmas tree once again. It has substantially grown over the years. Check out the photos from 2010 and 2011 and watch the video to see it grow.

Thank you for your support!

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

The School Christmas tree in 2010
The School Christmas tree in 2010

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The Christmas tree in the classroom
The Christmas tree in the classroom

Although it has been reported that Santa visits Hawaii last on the globe, he must have stopped in our villages in Madagascar already on December 23. The children were ready to celebrate with a Christmas tree in their classroom. The bags they so proudly display in the photo are filled with gifts from Santa.

Despite the excitement of Santa’s visit and the Christmas celebration at night, the children also took part in the community-wide tree planting effort, planting trees in their school yards.  Later at night, they celebrated with dancing and drumming and eating cake that had been baked in the solar box cooker, provided by Zahana.

We hope in case you are in the fortunate position of making end-of-year giving decisions, you may considers Zahana in Madagascar as well. And, if you have already done so, thank you very much for your support. We have currently half a dozen projects with GlobalGiving that make online donations a breeze.  While there are very nice ways and euphemisms out there to talk about donations, the bottom line still is that without your support, now for the seventh year, our work in Madagascar would not be possible.  

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

Bags from Santa
Bags from Santa
Seedlings for the school garden
Seedlings for the school garden
Students planting their trees
Students planting their trees
Cake baked in the school
Cake baked in the school's solar box cooker
Celebration in the evening
Celebration in the evening
 

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Zahana

Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
Website: http:/​/​zahana.org
Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
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Honolulu, HI United States

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