I am a graduate student at Yale University working on my PhD in Archaeology. My research takes place on the southwest coast of Madagascar, where I study early archaeological sites. One of my research questions is how the giant elephant birds of Madagascar went extinct and what role humans may have played in these extinctions. My project is called the Morombe Archaeological Project (MAP), after the region in which I conduct my research, and my work involves archaeological excavations and surveys near Andavadoaka, a small fishing village set between Madagascar's precious remaining healthy coral reefs and its unique spiny forest.
Every year I work with a team of local research assistants from the village. Most of my team are young people between the ages of 18-30 who have limited access to educational opportunities. In 2012 I created the MAP Scholarship to support the primary and secondary education of the children of my research team, and to offer financial assistance to members of the team who wish to attend university. I am creating this campaign to ensure that I can support 8 primary school children, 1 high school student and 4 university students for the next two years. Every MAP Scholar, from the youngest ones in Pre-K to the young adults earning a university degree, has demonstrated their eagerness to learn and pursue their education. They aspire to being leaders in the fields of environmental conservation, medicine, education and business. Unfortunately widespread poverty and political difficulties in Madagascar make it impossible for these individuals to go to school without the MAP scholarship. They are the future of this beautiful island.
Thank you for supporting them.
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