Category Archives: Madagascar

Geography Awareness Week
Nov 21 2013

Madagascar: Changing lives through community

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Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today we take a closer look at Madagascar, one of the countries in Africa where we work.


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Top four Thursday
Sep 5 2013

Top-four Thursday

Welcome to CFCA’s new blog segment: Top-four Thursday!

We’re excited to share some amazing stories, which you can only read on our website.

Read these great stories of hope, survival, determination and success from sponsored friends and their families all around the world!

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Tilapia farming
Sep 2 2013

Parents exemplify belief in dignity of work

Guatemalan tilapia farm

Fernando takes care of fish on his tilapia farm.

The Labor Day holiday, celebrated every year on the first Monday in September, honors the social and economic achievements of American workers.

As we pay tribute today to the contributions workers have made to the United States, let’s also remember workers everywhere who struggle to find productive and meaningful work.

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Unbound parents
Jun 4 2013

Enterprising family turns toy-making talent into livelihood

Mother of a sponsored child in Madagascar

Raharimalala, mother of a CFCA sponsored child in Madagascar.

Welcome to Raharimalala’s and Ramanjanahary’s world of toys! Raharimalala’s and Ramanjanahary’s son, Michael, is sponsored through the Hope for a Family program in Madagascar. The couple makes toy pousse pousse carts and sells them to tourists.

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Apr 11 2013

Mother in Madagascar puts a spin on her career

Marcelline

Marcelline, mother of a CFCA sponsored child in Madagascar, repairs a tire.

Meet Marcelline, a 36-year-old mother of four children in Madagascar. She found a creative way to help her family and break gender barriers, by repairing bicycles! One of her children,12-year-old Elie Jean, is sponsored through CFCA.

Life is very difficult. My husband walked out on us, leaving me with the responsibility of caring for our four children. Luckily, one of my children was sponsored through CFCA.

I tried my best to put my other children in school, but unfortunately one dropped out because I could not keep up with the school fees.

I hardly make enough money to support my children. I thank God because CFCA stepped in and assisted me with the educational expenses for my son. Read more

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Mar 13 2013

Wishing for a well: Community gets clean water source

By Jordan Kimbrell, CFCA Sponsor Services

Oliver's village
A rural village, west of Antsirabe, Madagascar, is home to a small farming community.

Farming is one of the main sources of income in the Antsirabe region, and the members of this community rely on it.

families in Madagascar

In 2011, Dolores Reed from Paducah, Ky., who sponsors Olivier in this region of Madagascar, learned from an article that many people in the country don’t have easy access to clean water for drinking, cooking or watering the crops in seasons when rainfall is scarce.

She learned through CFCA that Olivier’s village lacked ready access to clean water. The community where he lives relied on streams, which also served as drinking water for the livestock.

“They didn’t have [good access to] water,” Dolores said. “We take water for granted.” Read more

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Feb 25 2013

A CFCA staffer’s trip to exotic Madagascar

Regina Mburu

Regina Mburu, our communications liaison for Africa, recently returned from a trip to Madagascar to cover the stories of sponsored friends and their families. Regina is from Kenya.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit our CFCA project in Madagascar. I was all packed up and excited at the thought of visiting this beautiful island country.

After a smooth flight, we landed in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. CFCA staff members were already at the airport waiting for me, and in this land miles away from my motherland, I felt at home.

Our drive to Antsirabe, which is three hours from the capital city, was a bit scary. The road was very curvy with many turns and bends. However, the beautiful landscape and tracks of rice paddies made my fear fade away. Read more

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