The region is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. We host approximately 16 thousand brothers and sisters in our 13 Reception Centers, where we work to offer food, hygiene care, recreation and cultural activities, training for work, sewing, agro-forestry, biochar, soap, handicraft, rust and ecological bricks workshops. We have also implemented a bakery, for the production of bread for consumption by the local community and to provide income generation for the welcomed involved in the production.
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 conditions. 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 taeniasis, 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.
The inauguration of the new Field of Peace, in Madagascar allowed an expansion in the services provided by the Medical Clinic. We now have two pavilions, which house 16 rooms and 24 regular beds for hospitalization. The place also has sinks for sanitation, gynecological tables and stretchers, and a vaccination room.
Besides the Medical Clinic, the Field of Peace also has a larger dining hall, equipped to serve more than four thousand meals a day. The space was planned to accommodate up to 800 people at the same time. And bathing, so rare in Madagascar, is even more accessible – there are 40 showers working at the same time. Every detail impacts the daily lives of thousands of families.
In the Field of Peace unit we built a health care center, implemented a pharmacy, and volunteer doctors intensify the service to the community during the caravans. The community of Marafono now has monthly visits from our collaborators and volunteers, who provide meals for the welcomed. Before FWB arrived there, the only food available was fruit and cactus leaves – food used to satisfy hunger.
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.