One of the projects supported within the local community
Ronstand is a very courageous man who has overcome mobility difficulties to create his own livelihood. With the help of MfM’s partner, SAF Toamasina, he has set up a profitable business making and selling worm compost. He and a group of friends collect vegetable waste from the town rubbish heaps and dung from the abattoir, compost it, and add worms. After some weeks they sift out the worms (they go into the next batch of compost) and seal the compost into plastic bags. This compost is in great demand and they can sell it for a good price. MfM believes that the key to lasting change is to empower Malagasy people to find their own solutions to their current challenges.
Supporting Young Men and Women in Prison
SAF Toamasina is supporting 50 boys and 50 girls who have found themselves incarcerated in prison. These young people are supported with the following activities:
• Literacy lessons
• Non-violence & community life orientation
• Vocational training in food growing, worm-breeding and making recycled fuel pellets
• Improved diet from food grown by boys in prison yard
• Workshops for boys and parents to rebuild relationships & prepare for life after prison
• Training workshops for prison staff & authorities to improve services
• Start-up grants for boys leaving prison
• Set up a half-way home for boys leaving prison
SAF Toamasina runs a project to help train and educate local communities to become more self-sufficient and able to adapt to extreme weather events. They provide support in:
• Training people in resourceful techniques: worm-breeding, soil-less cultivation, recycled fuel pellets
• Educating people in nutrition for health
• Training people to grow and use medical plants
• Making & selling comfrey oil as a remedy
• Promoting messages of development, conservation, public health and WASH through stands at local events
Education for Life
SAF Toamasina also takes part in our Education for Life programme, providing the following support to local schools:
• All teachers trained in basic pedagogic methods;
• A school resource library – including text books and teaching aids;
• A kitchen garden to provide nutritious food for new school canteens;
• In year 3 a canteen offering nutritious food to all pupils;
• Improved sanitation facilities and training in good hygiene practices to combat gastrointestinal illness.
• Solar panels installed in each school to provide electricity and a means of generating school income
• Results of the programme will be shared with national agencies to consider if the programme can be rolled out more widely.
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