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    Who we are

    A group of dedicated volunteers and generous donors

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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

The Thrive Madagascar model

Board of Directors organisation chart

Thrive Madagascar Board organisation chart

Milestones timeline

2008

2008

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.

2009

2009

  • Took on three staff in Madagascar
  • Was given land
  • Started sponsoring the Kids in School project

2010

2010

  • 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

2011

2011

  • 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

2012

2012

  • 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

2013

2013

  • 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

2014

2014

  • 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

2015

2015

  • 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.

2016

2016

  • 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

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