About Thrive Madagascar
Since I was 16, I have been inspired with visions of helping people get out of poverty. This led me to study at a Mission School in Queensland where I was trained in a variety of practical skills, including building and later on, nursing. After graduating in 2007, I spent a year in Madagascar as an intern with Teen Missions. I knew I could do something to help people transcend their suffering, but resources were very limited on the $50 per month allowance I earned. I wanted to use my entrepreneurial skills to set up an export/import business to start funding what would become Chosen Servant Ministries. ~ Brendan Singhdeo, Founder & President | Thrive Madagascar
Thrive Madagascar (formerly known as CSM) is a registered non-profit organisation in Australia ACNC / ABN 89 130 675 893 and a Charitable Fundraising Authority CFN/23725.
The Thrive Model – a community hub
- Guiding principle: To provide opportunity to Madagascar’s poorest people
- Method: Through education, health and business/vocational support
- Long term goal: 10,000 ethical leaders throughout Madagascar by 2065
- Where: Create a working model at Soav and Tana, then take it to Thrive locations all over Madagascar
Board of Directors organisation chart
Following a year internship with Teen Missions in Madagascar, Brendan Singhdeo, Founder & President returned to Australia and created the first Board with Theresa Singhdeo and Kathleen Khan.
- Took on three staff in Madagascar
- Was given land
- Started sponsoring the Kids in School project
- Set up a centre in Antananarivo (Tana) to keep records of our work
- Undertook a tree planting initiative
- Hosted first volunteer trip for three Australian women who ran programs on health and hygiene, distributed materials and medicine, and filmed the work of Thrive Madagascar
- Brendan Singhdeo, Founder & President of Thrive Madagascar survived a serious road accident in Madagascar, which had a silver lining — it led to many publicity opportunities and public speaking engagements where he had the opportunity to share a message of hope out of tragedy
- Hired 9 staff in Madagascar, all of whom had been trained by Teen Missions; inspired by biblical principles of taking care of our family generously, we used a good Malagasy wage as the starting point then multiplied it by 2.5 so our staff would know in practical terms how much we value them
- Implemented a comprehensive staff training program, including Thrive Madagascar Code of Conduct
- Rented a three-storey building in Tana and expanded Kids in School initiative (currently 120 children)
- Built a school for 80 children in Soavinandirana and laid the foundations for the Children of the Light orphanage; a group of volunteer plumbers from Australia built a toilet block and Thrive Madagascar was able to purchase two carpentry machines to assist with building
- Established Emergency Relief Fund
- Conducted classes in English, computing and swimming
- Thrive Madagascar started to draw a small allowance to cover some of the costs incurred
- Completed Children of the Light orphanage
- Continued tree planting initiative and a garden was set up
- Established Thrive Madagascar Environment initiative
- Installed swing sets for children
- Sponsored more children in the Kids in School initiative
- More volunteers visit and more sponsors are gained
- Built a well, funded by the Crossing, with additional funds provided for a second well
- Developed relationship with Northside Community Church who sent volunteers and provided major funding for many of Thrive Madagascar’s projects
- Built a kitchen, storage room and staff housing at Soavinandriana
- Received a grant of over $19,000 from the Australian Government to co-fund The Youth Centre
- Continued construction on The Youth Centre
- Established The Living Centre in Tana (funded by the Ark at Norah Head) to feed our sponsored children and provide a range of educational and vocational activities
- Conducted classes in English, scripture, computing and sewing, with planned classes in occupational therapy
- The number of volunteers and sponsors continues to grow; more long term volunteers are welcomed
- More staff are hired
- Built a basketball court at Soavinandirana
- All the sponsored children pass their school exams
- Received $3,000 to purchase a cement mixer as part of Northside’s substantial donation
- Submitted application for a $40,000 Australian Government grant, spoke to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who is aware of our application
- Further development of organisational structure in the areas of finance, human resources and marketing to support the continued expansion of front line work in Madagascar.
- Board members took on an increased role in ensuring Thrive Madagascar’s stability, accountability and growth.
- Registered with Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission as a Registered Charity
- Granted fundraising approval by NSW government
- Awarded Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by Australian Tax Office
- Continued skill development for Malagasy staff through volunteer trips focussed on education and management.
- Ongoing progress on Youth Centre construction.
- Dental clinics provided to many poor people who cannot afford dental care.
- Expansion of Kids in School and Mummas off the Streets projects.
- Refinement of Thrive strategy and appointment of expert advisors in Health, Education and Vocational Training
- Human Resources review and training for all Malagasy staff, and new staff members recruited
- Partnership with Rotary North Gosford to organise container of vital health, construction, business and educational supplies
- Partnership with established charity travel group, HUMA
- Surf Trips ‘volunteerism’ project
- Liaison with Madagascar government departments to obtain approval as Consignee for Rotary shipping container
- Continued volunteer trips with churches, community groups and businesses with targeted skill development programs for our Malagasy staff and clients
- Youth Centre reconfigured as Soav Multi-Function Community Centre is approaching completion
- Liaison with Australian schools in planning immersion trips for senior students
- Commencement of Community Rural Health Project in Ambohidanerana