In January Tropical Storm Ana displaced 72,000 people in Madagascar. Floods in the capital and the East swept away roads, crops and buildings, destroying lives and livelihoods in its wake.
Money for Madagascar responded immediately with a recovery fund of £10,000 to assist the most vulnerable people in the communities we serve. This rapid response fund is being managed by our Malagasy Country Office team to ensure appropriate aid reaches our projects and beneficiary communities without delay. Emergency help includes making collapsed buildings safe and emergency feeding where homes and crops have been flooded.
Just 2 weeks later, Madagascar has been hit again, by Cyclone Batsirai. This time it is the South of Madagascar, with 92,000 people made homeless and so far 100 deaths reported.
What is Money for Madagascar doing to help cyclone victims?
We are gathering information from the dozens of sites where we work, asking our partners to tell us what the damage has been and what is needed, and then providing emergency grants to respond to the particular needs of each area.
In addition to helping MfM’s main partners, we also want to help communities in the Fianarantsoa, who are amongst the worst hit on the island. Here dozens of schools and thousands of homes have been totally flattened. We plan to make an emergency grant to Ny Taninsika who have been working for 30 years with Feedback in the Fianar area as they prepare to mount a large scale emergency response to aid up to a hundred of the worst hit schools and communities in this devastated region.