A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana

by Zahana
Solar cooker made in Madagascar
Solar cooker made in Madagascar

In the pictures you see the first solar cookers waiting in the capital of Antananarivo to be taken to the school in our villages. Dr. Ihanta's grandson is diligently inspecting the new strange boxes in the hallway and they find his approval. All we need now is the end of the rainy season that makes the roads to the villages passable again, so the solar cookers can reach their final destination.

We anticipate that in the dry season, or any sunny day for that matter, the solar cookers can be used by the teachers and their students. Solar cookers are ideal to cook rice and soup for the school meals.

These solar cookers are entirely built in Madagascar by local craftsman, through the community benefit organization ADES (Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire). These sturdy “box cookers” are built to last for years of continuous use. A Zahana representative spent a few days with ADES participating in their solar cooker training and brought these solar cooker boxes back as his “luggage”. We are very excited about this new collaboration and hope to work with ADES for years to come, benefiting from their experience in the south of the country for over a decade.

Ihanta, Jeannette, Markus

Inspecting the brochure and the solar cooker
Inspecting the brochure and the solar cooker
Checking out the additional pieces
Checking out the additional pieces
Build in thermometer under the glass lid
Build in thermometer under the glass lid
Blackboard in our school in Fiarenana
Blackboard in our school in Fiarenana

The children had been asked to draw pictures of objects or events that they associate with going to school. Misaotra on the backboard is ‘thank you’ in Malagasy.

Christmas is a very important holiday for our villages in Madagascar. A Christmas tree inside the classroom is part of the celebration.

For a few years now (since 2007) Santa Claus comes to visit the school children with gifts. This year Santa brought orange bags to both our schools with a toothbrush, toothpaste, a pencil, a ball pen, and soap. In addition Santa also bought a package of cookies and a sweet treat.

And yes, with the end of the tax year coming up, the tribute card challenge is still on until December 31.

Happy 2011!

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

close-up blackboard
close-up blackboard
Christmas tree inside the classroom
Christmas tree inside the classroom
The sweet treat for the Holidays
The sweet treat for the Holidays
Santa brings a t-shirt
Santa brings a t-shirt
Inside the classroom in Zahana
Inside the classroom in Zahana's school

A big Thank You to all of our donors who supported our school in Fiarenana over the years!

Supporting an ongoing school is vital for us to be able to pay the teachers and gardeners and buy school supplies. It takes somebody like you to see the value in ongoing support so children can go to school every day. You make it  possible. We could not do it without you! 

In the age of text messages (SMS) we can communicate with our Zahana contacts and our teachers in the villages on a regular basis at low cost. The minimalist report from December 15, 2011 for November reads as follows: [text in brackets is added to provide context for the readers]

Fiarenana:

  • 48 students: 22 boys, 26 girls aged from 4 to 13 [attended school in November]
  • 2 levels of teaching: level 0 (beginner), level 1
  • Parents monthly meeting: 1st Saturday
  • School garden: vegetables [are being planted by the students]
  • Nursery: 1,199 baby trees (eucalyptus, papaya, bibasse, mango) ready to be planted, seeds of moringa olifera [ready to be planted again by our master gardener]

Fiadanana [our first village]:

  • 90 students [currently attend school]
  • School garden: vegetables [are being planted by the students]
  • [School] Poultry project: 6 hens, roosters [this is a hands-on income or protein generating project for the students as part of our microcredit efforts]
  • 106 baby trees and flowers planted around the school
  • Environment: asking people to collect plastic bags spread in village
  • Nursery: lot of baby trees [grown by our second gardener]

[Both] gardeners were told to keep all baby trees for Zahana [planting 15,000 trees] project.

- End text/SMS -

Did you know you can make donations to any our Zahana projects with GlobalGiving as gifts to friends and loved ones this holiday season? This gift in honor of someone might relieve you of the agonizing thought: what could I give her or him? (and help Zahana at the same time).

A gift in honor of somebody is easy: With a few clicks you can create a personalized greeting card via our project pages on GlobalGiving. Just click on the third giving option “gift or in honor of” right under the big orange “donate” button on any of our 4 project pages. We recently added the project: Planting 15,000 trees in Madagascar (#9470), which is eligible as well.

You can chose if GlobalGiving will send the gift recipient an email, print-at-home, or physical tribute card. For  details about the ‘tribute card challenge’* please visit our website. And even better the challenge lasts until the last day of the 2011 tax year: December 31.

Thank you for your support.

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

*GlobalGiving is awarding funds to the projects that are able to get the most donations made in honor or in memory of someone between November 23, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Prizes between $500 and $1,500 will be awarded to the projects with the most number of donations made in honor of someone.

visual aid
visual aid

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All they need to get ready for secondary school
All they need to get ready for secondary school

We would like to share more photos with you. In a previous report we told you that seven students had successfully obtained the much desired CEPE, the primary school certificate (see our website). With the help of Zahana, three of the students from one family are able to attend the secondary school in Bevato, a small town about a 2 hours walk from their village.

To be ready for secondary school requires school uniforms, equipment (pencils, paper, etc) and bags, which Zahana bought for the students. Filled with pride and wonder about these amazing goodies you can see it being diligently inspected by the future students and their mother in the pictures. Since these pictures were taken, school has started. The students now live far from home with a host family, but they are doing very well in their new secondary school, making everybody in their community proud by being the first ones to ever attend a secondary school.

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

Inspecting their new things
Inspecting their new things
Trying on the new secondary school uniforms
Trying on the new secondary school uniforms
Proud owner of their first backpack
Proud owner of their first backpack
Ready for scondary school
Ready for scondary school

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Our seven students
Our seven students

We just got this picture of all seven students from Fiadanana that got award the CEPE (Certificat d'etudes primaires élémentaires or Certificate of Primary Studies). Our wonderful teachers trainer, whos work made this possible as well is to the left. So without further ado we wanted to add this picture to the last project report.

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Zahana

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

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