Yollande is completing her training as a nurse at a local health center in Madagascar.
By Barclay Martin, new channels coordinator for Unbound
Sitting in the home of Yollande and her mother, Jeanne, I was given a beautiful glimpse of human potential. In a place where homes are commonly assembled with humble and often salvaged materials, their home is simple, but stately. When I commented on how lovely it felt to be in their home, Jeanne replied, “We have built our life one step at a time, including this house.”
Yollande is 21 and has been raised alongside her siblings in their neighborhood on the outskirts of Antsirabe, Madagascar. Their neighborhood’s name translates to “No Place for Lazy People.”
Welcome to Tsiratrinikamo.
Pousse pousse toys made by parents of sponsored children Raharimalala and her husband, Ramanjanahary, in Madagascar.
A rural village, west of Antsirabe, Madagascar.
Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”
Today we take a closer look at Madagascar, one of the countries in Africa where we work.
Marcelline, mother of a CFCA sponsored child in Madagascar, repairs a tire.
Meet Marcelline, a 36-year-old mother of four children in Madagascar. She found a creative way to help her family and break gender barriers, by repairing bicycles! One of her children,12-year-old Elie Jean, is sponsored through CFCA.
Life is very difficult. My husband walked out on us, leaving me with the responsibility of caring for our four children. Luckily, one of my children was sponsored through CFCA.
I tried my best to put my other children in school, but unfortunately one dropped out because I could not keep up with the school fees.
I hardly make enough money to support my children. I thank God because CFCA stepped in and assisted me with the educational expenses for my son. Read more
Regina Mburu, our communications liaison for Africa, recently returned from a trip to Madagascar to cover the stories of sponsored friends and their families. Regina is from Kenya.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit our CFCA project in Madagascar. I was all packed up and excited at the thought of visiting this beautiful island country.
After a smooth flight, we landed in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. CFCA staff members were already at the airport waiting for me, and in this land miles away from my motherland, I felt at home.
Our drive to Antsirabe, which is three hours from the capital city, was a bit scary. The road was very curvy with many turns and bends. However, the beautiful landscape and tracks of rice paddies made my fear fade away. Read more
Marie, mother of a CFCA sponsored child in Madagascar.
Meet Marie, mother of three children in Madagascar, who found a creative way to help her family through selling environmentally friendly charcoal made from soil, grass and charcoal powder!
One of her children, 11-year-old Safidison, is sponsored through CFCA.
My husband works in rice fields. I am a housewife.
Before our son was sponsored, we sometimes went hungry because we could not afford to buy food, especially when my husband could not find a job.
Paying school fees for all three children was really a challenge.
Life was not easy. Money was hard to come by since my husband does seasonal work, and the money he made was not enough for our needs. Read more of Marie’s story
“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bobís full update on his Facebook page.
Photo credits for Kenya and Uganda go to Regina Muburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa. Photo credits for Madagascar go to Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy.
It’s always a joy to be in touch with you, this time from Africa. Together with Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy, and Karen Allemang, CFCA trips and international volunteer manager.
I had the privilege of accompanying a wonderful group of CFCA sponsors on this September 2012 journey to Kenya and Uganda.
Paul and I also visited the CFCA project in Antsirabe, Madagascar. Read more
While basket weaving may seem like child’s play to some, it is the source of livelihood for FlorÈat and her family of Madagascar.
FlorÈat’s 10-year-old son, Fenosoa, is sponsored through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program. Sponsorship enabled Floreat to save money and grow the business.
FlorÈat now teaches other women to weave baskets so they can generate income for their families.
Read their story.