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.
Money for Madagascar launched an emergency feeding programme in Amboasary Sud in January 2021. So far we have raised over £100,000 for our MfM famine response.
In partnership ALT, who are a highly respected Malagasy NGO, based in the South of Madagascar, we are currently feeding all pre-school and primary school children in four schools in Amboasary Sud. Thanks to recent donations we can pledge to continue feeding these 1600 children for the rest of this school year AND we will soon be expanding to feed more children in schools in the area of Betroky, who are not yet receiving aid from the major feeding programmes. If donations continue to come in to MfM we could also put some money towards helping this precarious population to build longer term resilience. For example we are exploring the possibility of digging bore holes to provide vital water for drinking, cooking and crops. We are also looking at adding developmental activities to complement our emergency feeding in schools. Expect more updates soon!
Drought is common in Southern Madagascar, but the current level of hunger is unprecedented. Mothers are reduced to preparing a mixture of clay and tamarind to fill their children’s empty stomachs. Even the tamarinds are running out and the cacti, a staple at times of hunger, have long dried up.
Vulnerable families are seeing their loved ones starve to death. One village leader, Refanampy, is keeping the names of the dead in a notebook. “We’re used to drought, but this time it’s just too much,” he says. “Before this, we didn’t have people dying (of hunger) in our village.”
The World Food Programme and other agencies have begun to distribute food. The Madagascar Government has also pledged to make school feeding in the South an urgent priority. But there are still THOUSANDS of children needing urgent aid. Although MfM is small we can make a big difference. Working with our partner ALT we are delivering nutritious meals to hundreds of children every day. Further donations could help us reach more children to survive the weeks and months ahead. Your gift can save precious lives!
Just £6 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