Feedback Madagascar has worked with the community of Antoebe, near the forest in the Ambohimahamasina municipality, for 3 years. Together we have made agricultural improvements, dug a clean water borehole, set up the school canteen and, all the while, increased the capacity of the community to realise their own projects.
Until recently the primary school had just one classroom for over 90 pupils. At the end of 2021, parents and teachers decided to build an additional school building, with two classrooms, so all students could be taught properly at the same time. The work was almost finished in February 2022 when Cyclone Batsirai hit, destroying the new school building, causing devastation and shattering livelihoods.
Undeterred, the parents decided to start again but lacked funds for materials. The community asked Feedback Madagascar for help to pay for roofing sheets, fixings and cement. Now, the rebuild is totally finished and the new building is bringing dry, quiet, safe, focused, full-time education to the 90 children. All thanks to the fortitude of the parents, the partnership with Feedback Madagascar and the generosity of our donors.
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Cyclone Batsirai and then Cyclone Emnati hit Madagascar in February 2022, causing a wave of destruction across some of Feedback Madagascar's main project areas – killing 140 people, destroying houses, schools, health centres, roads and bridges, as well as fields, trees and crops that were close to harvest. Now, over a year later, the people of Madagascar are still working hard to recover from the devastation
Thanks to Feedback Madagascar’s partnership with affected communities and generous funds from our donors, we have been able to support many victims. We have rebuilt infrastructure essential for social services and economic recovery. We have repaired more than 280 schools(Ready for the new school year in September) and build 3 new health centres.
With roads and bridges destroyed many people were completely isolated and could not sell or access goods and essentials. Health services became negligible. With the bridge at Ifanirea severed, 70,000 people were cut off from the rest of Madagascar, only able to cross the river by foot when the water was low enough. Now, after our repairing the bridge, vehicles can bring goods and medical supplies in and out, we can get food to our school canteens and many people were able to flee the countryside to the safe structures of the town when Cyclone Freddy hit this year.