Did you know that children in Southern Madagascar are starving?
Please Donate today to feed families suffering chronic malnutrition in Southern Madagascar!
Over a million people now face starvation in what has been coined the first climate-emergency driven FAMINE. MfM is urgently appealing for donations to increase our response to this humanitarian crisis. As the country experiences its worst drought in 40 years, United Nations agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have issued an urgent warning to draw international attention to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Southern Madagascar.
Update, Nov 2022: The cyclones of 2022 destroyed vast areas of annual crops and perennial fruit trees leaving hundreds of communities without food reserves to fall back on. Drought and disruption to rains bring uncertainty for this year’s food crops. If crops fail this year, families will not have fruit such as bananas and plantains to fall back on, leaving them much more exposed to food insecurity and acute hunger. Without urgent attention this could tip more regions of Madagascar into emergency levels of hunger.
Money for Madagascar launched an emergency feeding programme in Amboasary Sud in January 2021. We have raised over £100,000 for our MfM famine response. So far we have provided over 600,000 nutritious daily lunches. We are committed to continue this feeding for at least one more year.
In partnership with ALT, a highly respected Malagasy NGO based in the South of Madagascar, we have been feeding pre-school and primary school children in four schools in Amboasary Sud, since January 2021. That is over 2700 children eating a nutritious hot lunch every day including school holidays. Now, after 18 months of building strength in this community through feeding and education, MfM is working with ALT and local leaders to co-design a project that will invest in building longer-term resilience in these communities in Amboasary Sud.
In parallel, MfM has also started feeding in Betroka, which is a remote area, overlooked by many of the major aid agencies. In a new partnership with Terre des Hommes, MfM and ALT have started a famine-feeding programme across 3 schools in Betroka, which is providing daily meals to 1370 children, including through the school holidays. We have made an initial commitment to feed for one year.
We have chosen Betroka because it is hard-hit by famine and it is not yet receiving food aid from other feeding programmes. Furthermore, poverty and hunger in Betroka is driving children to work in the MICA mines, which is bad for their health and development and devastating for their education. By teaming up with ALT and TDH we are contributing to a wider project that helps children escape the mines and get back into education. Providing a daily meal at school helps to restore both the nutrition, education and rights of these children.
As well as extending our commitment to emergency feeding, MfM’s Malagasy staff are researching ways we could help this precarious population to build longer term resilience. We are open to sharing knowledge and building collaborations to achieve this goal. MfM’s Famine Response is designed and delivery by Malagasy people for Malagasy people. Our work is shaped and led by Malagasy communities who seek to build their resilience and take charge of their own destiny.
Further donations could help us extend our feeding and work with communities to build resilience.
Just £8 can feed a child for a month!
Thank you again for any support you can give!
Click below to see ALT with MfM feeding children with your donations
To see a video appeal from the World Food Programme
For BBC coverage 25-08-2021 click here..https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-55688114
Report from Medecins Sans Frontieres 27-5-2021