Madagascar, whilst famous for its astonishing flora and fauna, is a country in crisis. After decades of economic disarray levels of income, healthcare and education are amongst the lowest in the world whilst population growth is putting enormous pressure on precious rainforest.
In response to this social and environmental disaster Money for Madagascar was founded in 1986 by returning volunteers wanting to fund local solutions and enable the Malagasy people to take charge of their own destiny. Since then we have raised over two million pounds.
Our projects tackle many of the key issues facing Madagascar today: food security, loss of bio-diversity, poor health and extreme poverty. We also respond to emergencies, from cyclone relief to feeding programmes for street kids and their families. With modest resources we have built a record that we, our supporters and our Malagasy partners are proud of.
Money for Madagascar is run by a team of twelve people consisting of eleven unpaid trustees and one salaried development worker. They are central to achieving our key objective as a charity: to ensure that as much money as possible goes to support innovative, sustainable locally-led projects in Madagascar. This team is responsible for assessing the viability of the proposals that we receive from our Malagasy partners, allocating funds and verifying the outcomes of the projects once completed.
This model only works thanks to the depth and breadth of experience that our trustees and development worker bring with them. Every one of them has either lived and worked in Madagascar or boasts extensive experience of development work, fundraising, business or management. This practical experience, cultural awareness and love for the Red Island and its people is critical to identifying the right projects to support and ensuring that our donors' money is spent safely and effectively.