Stop the Famine in Madagascar with Atsimo Miray

I am sad to share that the famine situation here in the south of Madagascar is ongoing. Unfortunately, while the WFP (PAM) and the gov't have responded in some regions and some progress has been made, including cash distributions in the cities, too many rural villages are seemingly forgotten and or not receiving adequate support. It is simply heartbreaking. 

I am moved to tears of gratitude for those who have already sent us significant support. This will be an ongoing process until the rains and the crops return or until other avenues for income generation arise.

What we've done so far:

Oct 30th and 31, we visited Analaptatsy, Ankilavao, and Andranobory -  villages within 60 km but two to six-hour drives from Fort Dauphin.

Nov 4th we delivered 1000 Euros of medicine to Military Doctors dispatched to the south to treat communities in famine.  

Nov 23rd and 24th we delivered food to AMBATOABO and ANKARIERA plus another delivery of Medicine to the doctors. 
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We expect this to be a multi-tier project. We expect to go out more than once. We may share funds with other organizations acting efficiently in the region as we can only do so much as a couple. 

How you can help:

Our current goal is $20,000 we've raised nearly $5000 via go fund me and an additional $5000 via direct donations.

Funds will go to transport rice, manioc, water, oil, protein sources by AMI Atsimo Miray, Yves and me. We will also do at least one run, but ideally, three with a full pharmacy for the three districts overseen by the Malagasy military medical team. Famine in the south is not a new story; however the situation this year has exceeded expectations. After long months of drought, crop failures, and reduced economic activity due to COVID, households are so tight that folks have even sold their cooking pots and spoons. The military is present in the region to assist with censuses, food distribution, water delivery, and security. 

Background:

Here is an article from CRS  (Catholic Relief Services) on the situation in the first quarter of the year. It's only gotten much worse. 

The first article that notified even us in Madagascar that the famine had reached a dire situation came from an overseas newswire. 

Famine in the South 

This article documents the President's visit to the south, which signaled the start of important work that is ongoing, and still yet not enough widespread.

The purple shows the regions touched by Famine or kere as it is called in Malagasy. We live just up from the bottom right-hand corner. This region is home to over several million people with at least 35,000 already touched by the famine. 

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If you want to understand more about the situation this is my outsider's insight from "inside."

The first article that I wrote about the situation -- processing the situation and trying to understand. 


The second article  that I wrote making an analysis of why the situation is ongoing and not yet effectively addressed:

What can you do?

Donate.

Share the donation page. 

Commit to making future donations as the work we would like to do will take place in several phases. 

Phase 1 & 2 is emergency famine relief (food/water/medicine).

Phase 3 will be working to establish better water sources

Phase 4 & 5 will be job and economy creation -- Alison has been invited by the mayor of Analapatsy to help him for a economic development center that is focused on providing room, board and technical education to young women who do not want to marry and have kids as young as age 14. This is one aspect of the ongoing famine situation and poverty situation in the south that we feel that we can start to address now.

Donations

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  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 8 hrs
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    • $100 
    • 10 hrs
  • Eben Carsey 
    • $25 
    • 12 hrs
  • Afsheen Ahmad  
    • $100 
    • 15 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 15 hrs
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Alison Rakotonirina 
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