A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana

by Zahana
Dec 27, 2012

Santa dropped by in Madagascar a day or two early

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

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information


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

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.