Sponsor a child in Madagascar
Many of the inhabitants of the large island of Madagascar live in crippling poverty, with no access to medical care, education or clean drinking water. SOS Children's Villages started working here in 1986 to provide much-needed material support to children and their parents.
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Crippling poverty affects many Malagasy people
In rural Madagascar, infrastructure is poor or non-existent, and many people live with no access schools and hospitals. Subsistence farmers produce barely enough food to sustain their families, leading to malnutrition as well as isolation and suffering. Many people live on less than $1.25 per day.
Children work to survive
Growing up with no parents, many children find themselves on the streets, resorting to begging, cleaning car windows and child prostitution. Those who are lucky enough to live with their families find themselves unable to attend school through lack of funding. Instead, they begin difficult and dangerous work from as young as 8, working 12-hour days as unpaid servants, labouring in toxic environments or being trafficked for work abroad.
Our work in Madagascar
Being forced into work at such a young age gives Malagasy children little optimism for the future. Frequent natural disasters lead to homelessness and rapidly-increasing population growth increases the scarcity of food. Almost a million children are orphaned. SOS Children's Villages now has three Villages in Madagascar and can provide hope and a future for these orphaned children by giving them a home, a family and an education.
In the suburbs of the capital city Antananarivo, Vontovorona faces extreme poverty. Many children go into the capital in search of work. Away from their families, they are vulnerable to abuse and have no-one to turn to. With no access to education, there is no way for these families to escape the cycle of child labour and poverty.
SOS Children's Villages began working in Vontovorona in 1989 and has been able to provide support to families so that parents can work while children study in the care of SOS staff. Children in Vontovorona benefit from good medical care, and learn carpentry and dress-making.
Mangarano is located near the city of Tamatave on the east coast of Madagascar. On several occasions, cyclones have completely destroyed the city. Food is scarce and thousands of children under five die from malnutrition each year.
SOS Children's Villages works with families in Mangarano to offer guidance and support. It also has several social centres offering care and education, with special programmes to boost the skills and confidence of children who have dropped out of school.
SOS Children's Villages began working in Antsirabe, in the central highlands of Madagascar, in 2003, supporting rural communities who were moving into the capital to seek work. On coming to the city, migrants were forced to live in precarious conditions on the outskirts of the city. Rural Antsirabe is a difficult place to live, with no infrastructure and very little running water, and women and girls have to fetch buckets of water from communal wells. As well as basic care and stability, SOS Children's Villages is providing education for children in the hope that they will go on to find work in the city.
Villages d'Enfants SOS de Madagascar
P.O. Box 6062
Tel: +261 32 40 06116, +261 20 22 41827