Urgent Appeal for Madagascar

Severe flooding has hit Madagascar, with average monthly rainfall falling in several days. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Meanwhile the south of the island is battling with drought and famine. With your help, The Mission House can bring relief to some of these people…

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The pictures above of the famine in the south were taken recently by John Strauss Kotovaoarivelo (a local Malagasy man), in Ambazoa, District d’Ambovombe, South Madagascar

A plea from John’s heart…

“With much sadness and despair dear friends that I share with you a reality that many of us do not know in Madagascar. We often see before these kinds of pictures in other countries of Africa and we believe that this situation does not exist here. I thank a friend who introduced me to this and it’s just impossible to remain indifferent.

It is true that we do things for our friends, our families, people in need around us, the various associations (charities) that exists and make extraordinary things for the kids but it is also time to make a one-time or regular gesture just to these children in a state of severe malnutrition in our country.

How to stay in peace, eat and sleep peacefully if we can do something when imagining that somewhere, children who deserve the minimum of dignity suffer constantly !!! SOS: LET’S FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT OF CHILDREN, LET’S ANSWER THIS SILENT CRY”

As one of those ‘associations’ we invite you to stand with us, share from your heart and help us to help them through this desperate time. You know what to do …

In January Madagascar’s first cyclone of 2015 hit and hit very hard. It displaced thousands of people and left the country on its knees.

Since then tropical storms and an excessively wet rainy season has resulted in the country getting an average monthly rainfall in just one week. For two months now, low lying areas of its capital city have been under water. The country is in a state of crisis as yet largely unreported in international media.

Dams have been breached, rivers have burst their banks and much of the infrastructure is collapsing.

About 100 have died in collapsing buildings, many more in mud slides, and others who cannot swim have drowned. Most clean water sources have been lost, along with 6,500 hectares of rice fields which are now under water. It is thought that over 5,000 houses in the country’s high plateau region surrounding the capital, Antananarivo, have been washed away. And people attempting to flee the devastation find many roads are utterly impassable.

As of now 100,000 people are displaced and conditions are ripe for diseases to spread in the temporary camps where the displaced have been relocated.

More rain is on the way but the terrible irony is that in the south of Madagascar there is now a severe famine due to lack of rain.

In villages across the southern part of Madagascar, an on-going drought has ravaged crops. The government estimates 200,000 to 350,000 people are suffering from hunger. According to the United Nations Development Program Human Development Index more than 70% of the population are living below the poverty line – Madagascar is facing ‘acute food insecurity’.

The nation’s rising inflation is making the situation worse. Those who were once relatively secure financially are now struggling to get food on the table and those who are unemployed simply aren’t eating. World Food Programme rations are currently keeping some 120,000 people alive, but it’s now estimated that 50% of all toddlers under three will suffer retarded growth due to inadequate diet.

One lady held a 4 year old boy in her lap and quietly wept… “I have no money or income. I am at the end of my tether and don’t know where to turn for help. Please pray for this boy”

Please pray for this boy. Please pray for the lives of all in Madagascar trying desperately to find help and hope amidst the flood waters and famine. Please donate now. Help us support them practically on the ground with food, clean water and material aid. Thank you.