Ambohimangakaley – Madagascar
As well as financial support for their ongoing daily needs through our unique Child Sponsorship Program The Mission House has also provided new shoes and clothing for the children, short term Field Staff Volunteers to help in the children’s home and contribute to annual summer camps for all the children.
This involved acquiring land with a sustainable source of suitable spring water, building three 20,000 gallon concrete tanks, installing a solar powered pump (first of its kind in Madagascar) and all external and internal piping, excavating channels and installing drainage:
- 10 local men were employed for ten days to dig 600 metres of trench and hand cutting through a granite outcrop. (Le Triomphe is on a steep hill)
- 300 cubic metres (about 30 truckloads) of earth were moved
- 1202 metres of pipe laid / installed
- 574 plumbing fittings used
- 75 cubic metres sand, gravel and stone used
- 172 emails sent during the course of the project
- Funds for the project were provided by individual donors
Marovoay Farm Project
We are totally committed to the principle of self-sustainability. Le Triomphe used to be totally dependent on outside help, but as part of the process of working towards self-sustainability, the orphanage acquired land at Marovoay. This was rented from the government at first, with an option to purchase the land once the government inspector was satisfied. The land has now been purchased and some is already in production.
The Mission House has been instrumental in providing some of the capital input to ensure the success of the project, especially through the provision of fertiliser.
The farm now produces vegetables and rice which ensures the children in the Orphanage receive substantially improved nutrition. The medium-term plan is to bring more land into production to produce a surplus which will be sold in to local markets to create a revenue stream in support of the farm and the orphanage.