Although the expedition is finished, and we have already raised over $4000, we will be continuing to accept donations for our two chosen charities over the coming months. We hope that the upcoming release of our documentary film and book will also help to drive further donations.
We will be raising money for two charities during this expedition, both of them doing vital work in one of the poorest countries in the world.
We are raising money for the World Food Programme Southern Madagascar Emergency. One of the ten countries most vulnerable to disasters worldwide and the most cyclone-exposed country in Africa, Madagascar is facing an emergency level crisis. Four years of consecutive droughts have left families in the south of the country helpless and unable to feed themselves.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is working closely with the Government to ensure food security for the Malagasy people. WFP aims to scale up its response to reach 1 million people with life-saving food in Southern Madagascar and urgently needs US$ 56.3 million to do so.
We are also raising money for the educational charity Our Kids, Our Future Madagascar.
In Madagascar, a $4 annual school inscription fee is often all that stands between a kid and an education. Only one out of two of the poorest children attends primary school in Madagascar. Our Kids, Our Future Madagascar identifies and recruits dynamic and motivated youth leaders who want to keep their community’s kids in school.
These local youth leaders work with local officials, traditional leaders, and school officials to identify local children who are not attending school. They hold a meeting with the parents – almost all female-headed households – to discuss how they can get the kids back in school. When the parents agree to support their children to attend school, Our Kids, Our Future Madagascar pays the school inscription fees and provides the children with the school supplies needed for school.
Where possible, Our Kids, Our Future Madagascar also supports school lunch programs and ensures that the schools have proper sanitation facilities.