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 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 auspicious of the Madagascar School Project Board of Directors in Canada.

Economic Sustainability
Our current focus is to raise enough money to bring two or three Malagasy people from our villages to learn Asset- Based Community Led Development at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in May/June 2018. The Coady Institute in Cape Breton is a world leader in this initiative. The Malagasy will learn how to organize and lead the village into the development of businesses, owned and operated by the villagers, that can bring the school towards financial self-sufficiency.
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Needs & Costs (CAD)
Mouse for 100 XO computers / $15 each
New computer / $500
Photocopier for official documents (ID cards, exam registrations, job applications, etc.) / $1000