Money for Madagascar
Money for Madagascar aims to enable Malagasy people to address the social, economic and environmental challenges facing their country. Since 1986 it has collected and transferred more than £2 million to support projects in Madagascar.
Money for Madagascar typically funds projects in the following areas: conservation, education, public health and sustainable development. By supporting small community-lead projects it hopes to address issues including poverty, deforestation, food security, preventable illnesses, illiteracy and innumeracy.
History and beginnings
Money for Madagascar was founded in 1986 by volunteers returning from Madagascar who wished to continue supporting its people and environment. It became an independent charity 1991. In 2011 it celebrated its 25th birthday.
Money for Madagascar operates by funding projects proposed, devised and managed by development partners in Madagascar.
Areas of activity
Projects that Money for Madagascar funds typically focus on one or more of the following areas:
- Sustainable development
- Public health
- Supporting vulnerable children and young people
- Cyclone Relief
Money for Madagascar has funded projects in both rural and urban communities and in locations across Madagascar.
Money for Madagascar’s principal beneficiaries are:
- Destitute children
- Vulnerable young women and girls
- Young people with physical or learning disabilities
- Impoverished families
- Communities living in or around ecological hotspots
Money for Madagascar employs no expatriate staff in Madagascar but instead operates by funding projects managed by local development partners. These include:
- Akany Avoko Children’s Home, Ambohidratrimo
- SAF/FJKM, Antananarivo
- Association Sandratra
- Sisters of the Good Shepherd
- La Source CAIT Ambohimanarina
- SAF Betampona
- SAF/FATOAM, Toamasina
- Association ALF
- Association WtdM
Domestically, Money for Madagascar is a member of SMIDOS - Small and Medium sized International Development Organisations in Wales.
Money for Madagascar is managed by thirteen unpaid trustees and four (f/t & p/t) salaried staff. This team is responsible for fundraising, grant allocation and the evaluation of completed projects. Each year one of Money for Madagascar’s trustees visits recently completed or ongoing projects in Madagascar.
- Rt Hon Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea
- Hilary Bradt MBE
- Sir Mervyn Brown KCMG
- Dr Lee Durrell
- Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead
- Dr Barbara and Dr Allan Prys-Williams
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- Money for Madagascar Official Website
- Money for Madagascar Blog
- Website of Money for Madagascar beneficiary project Akany Avoko Children's Home