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