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.