• Charity grant for the construction of one fully furnished two-classroom school building for Mahatalaky Middle School in the Anosy region of South East Madagascar
• One-year grant of £11,779 in 2011
Azafady aims to alleviate poverty for marginalised communities in the remote Anosy region of south east Madagascar where communities lack even the most basic services.
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Azafady has been building primary schools in the region since 2006 and in Mahatalaky and Iabokoho, two rural communes within the Anosy region, there are now 26 primary schools. However, these all feed into just one severely under-resourced middle school which, until this project, did not have its own premises. The 300 middle school students had to be taught in shifts in two classrooms borrowed from a local primary school and even in the primary school headmaster’s home.
This education grant has enabled Azafady to build one fully furnished two-classroom school building, which makes up part of a new complex of eight classrooms, two latrines and a safe drinking water well for the middle school. Constructed by Azafady and the local community together with the support of international volunteers, the BFSS funded building was completed in December 2011 and the whole four-building complex was finished in March 2012.
Through this project and BFSS’s education grant, Azafady has been able to increase significantly the educational opportunities that can be accessed by some of the poorest children in Madagascar. The new school will provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for more than 8,000 children over the next decade. The local community are extremely excited about the new school and the headmistress says:
“All the teachers and students will be proud to work at the new middle school and it will be a great help in improving our capacity to teach effectively.”