Economic Sustainability

Creating income for Malagasy villagers

Economic sustainability

Where does one begin to develop financial self-sustainability in an area where most people don’t even have enough to eat, never mind the money to pay children’s school tuition and support their own school?
Well, one thing is certain, and that is that the solutions have to come from the community itself. The solutions have to stem from the assets and resources of the environment and talents and skills of its people. To begin to develop ideas of what may make an income to support the school, the people have to:

  • Organize, communicate, co-operate, trust one another
  • Develop leaders and rally behind them
  • Cultivate open-minded thinking
  • Believe in themselves and their ability to make substantial change.

This is the task we are about to embark on. In order to begin to practice self-direction, a school committee has been formed, voted in by their peers, to meet, discuss, and direct the school
and the project from within, under the auspices of the Madagascar School Project Board of Directors in Canada.

Economic Sustainability
We were able to bring two Malagasy people from our villages who learned all about Asset- Based Community-Led Development at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in May/June of 2018. The Coady Institute in Cape Breton is a world leader in this initiative. The Malagasy learned much about how to organize the village into developing businesses, that would be owned and operated by the villagers. This can help move the school towards financial self-sufficiency. 
Our current focus is on training our people in leadership, financial management, and provide teacher training for our keen teachers. We have been sending one teacher to Kenya for Waldorf teacher training. We would love to send another teacher for a 10-part series in early childhood education pedagogy.
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Needs & Costs (CAD)
New computer / $500
Photocopier for official documents (ID cards, exams, job applications, etc.) / $1000   
Leadership training / $50