Madagascar is one the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters. Frequent cyclones and tropical storms batter the island nation, devastating communities and making it hard for families to break the cycle of poverty and constant rebuilding. And with the recent El Niño phenomenon, the big island is forecasted to be even more vulnerable to natural disasters in 2016.
Isolation is also a struggle, especially for small communities in the northeast. Many communities can only be reached by water or on foot. Illnesses caused by the lack of safe drinking water and poor hygiene are one of the major problems for families in the region.
WHAT WE DO
Safe Drinking Water – Medair travels to remote communities to bring solutions to long-standing water issues. We drill wells and install hand-pumps and gravity-fed systems, and we train local residents to maintain the new equipment so they can pass it on to the next generation.
Hygienic Toilets – In the flood-prone town of Maroantsetra, Medair facilitates the construction of environmentally safe toilets that include a dedicated shower area to promote improved hygiene and overall wellbeing. These toilets are available to families at a highly subsidized price to ensure affordability. In remote communities, we also train local craftsman in how to build hygienic toilets.
Promote Hygiene – Medair uses creative methods like puppet shows, cartoons, and open-air movies to teach people about the life-saving importance of hand-washing and other good hygiene practices. We train “Village Volunteers” to carry this kind of crucial information into their communities and to encourage people to adopt healthier hygiene habits.