Many families and children in Madagascar are so poor they cannot afford to send the children to school. Many children and families live on the streets, and in unimaginable slum conditions with no sanitation and running water, let alone enough food. Basic education is a luxury item out of reach for many people.
Thrive Madagascar’s solution
Thrive Madagascar believes that education is the best method to prevent ongoing poverty. Educated adults have better employment skills, can earn more income, and are better equipped to set up businesses. Education is at the core of our services to the poor of Madagascar so that they can learn how to feed themselves. Thrive Madagascar’s KIDS IN SCHOOL project identifies poor communities and selects the poorest families, paying the school fees for the children. As a result of large numbers needing education and limited resources, basic criteria have been outlined. These are based on factors such as the parents’ efforts within the family. Thrive Madagascar views this as a vital investment in these children’s future. Our hope is that as the children become adults, they will help pull their families from poverty and also help others as they remember how they were helped.
We need more help
There are currently over 80 children whose education is being sponsored through KIDS IN SCHOOL, yet every time we go to the communities, there are always more children that need to be added. And there are more communities we have not yet managed to reach where most children do not attend school. The more children we can educate, the better the future becomes for their whole family.
As well as paying for the school fees, we have found it essential to provide food. To have one meal a day in Madagascar is a luxury for many. Some of the children were so hungry they could not concentrate on their school work. When we started giving them breakfast before school, all the children passed their exams! We also want to work with their whole family environment to address problems with alcohol abuse, lack of vocational training and provide parenting skills