Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana

by Zahana
Dec 16, 2011

A very big THANK YOU to all of our donors!

Classroom with solar water pasteurizer
Classroom with solar water pasteurizer

A big Thank You to all of our donors who supported our solar cooker project over the years! You make our work possible. We could not do it without you! 

In the photo you can see the solar water pasteurizer in the back of the classroom (in the left corner). 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 for November from December 15, 2011 reads as follows [text in brackets is added to provide context for the readers]


  • 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: 1199 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 an 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 -

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Thank you for your support.

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

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

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