The island is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. We sheltered approximately 3,000 people, offering food, clean water, and hygiene care. We put 357 children in school and - together - volunteers, sponsors and supporters, we built the City of Fraternity.
We arrived on the island of Madagascar in February 2017 and found families living in extreme poverty, suffering from hunger and thirst, without a minimum of hygiene. Without access to water, children bathe only when it rains and half of them have acute malnutrition. The families live in very precarious houses and the lack of hygiene and severe malnutrition lead to diseases such as teniasis, neurocysticercosis, and foot worm, among others.
We opened two reception canters in the city of Ambovombe. In the first, where the FWB's headquarters in Madagascar is also located, we take in the little children who were living on the streets, begging for crumbs. They receive meals, hygiene care, and participate in recreational and cultural activities.
None of the children welcomed had attended school. We made folders, bought school supplies, uniforms, and enrolled 357 children.
None of the welcomed children had attended school. We created them folders, bought school material and uniforms, and enrolled 357 children.
Together with volunteers and the community, we built, in a donated area of 45 thousand square meters, the second reception canter of the FWB, the Campo da Paz (Peace Field). We are serving 2,500 people a day, mainly children and their mothers.
The families receive food, drink clean water, brush their teeth, bathe, and wash their clothes.
We built in the Campo da Paz (Peace Field) unit a health care centre, implanted a pharmacy, and volunteer doctors intensify the care to the community during the caravans that happen every 3 months. We set up a nutritional canter there, and with the dedication of health professionals, we are reviving the vitality of children with severe malnutrition
Many children in Ambovombe did not know what a toothbrush was.
We collected toothbrushes and toothpaste, educated children and mothers about the basics of brushing, and trained local people to guide the community.
We set up two dental offices, and the loving work of volunteer dentists is opening smiles in Madagascar.
A hundred families that used to live in absolutely precarious little houses are now living in the City of Fraternity. In a donated area of 45 thousand square meters, the project includes one hundred houses, the drilling of an artesian well, workshops for work and sustainable cultivation. The community is encouraged to realize its own capacity for self-esteem and to experience values that cultivate peace.