Madagascar is one the world’s poorest and 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.

This is where we come in.

In March 2017, tropical storm Enawo hit Madagascar, impacting more than 430,000 people. The northeastern part of the country was affected by the heavy rains, which caused significant flooding. Homes were destroyed and clean water supplies were devastated.

At the same time, thousands of families are susceptible to droughts and locust invasions. Communities in the south struggle each day to find enough water to survive. Since 2015, a prolonged drought has impacted the region. The El Niño phenomenon in 2016 exacerbated the situation, leaving more than a million people thirsty and hungry.


How We Help

Emergency Relief

Less than 48 hours after tropical storm Enawo struck northeastern Madagascar, our team was able to provide emergency relief to those most affected. Medair distributed more than 4,000 clean water and hygiene kits and disinfected more than 800 contaminated wells, which helped prevent disease outbreaks and gave access to clean water to an estimated 44,500 people.


Building Resilience

Medair helps affected communities recover and be better prepared for the next cyclone season by rehabilitating damaged water points and cyclone shelters. We strengthen communities by training local builders to construct cyclone-resilient houses and by teaching families about disaster risk reduction building techniques.

Safe Drinking Water

Families without safe drinking water and hygienic toilets are constantly at risk of illness and disease. To protect families, Medair travels to remote communities to bring solutions to long-standing water issues. In the northeast, we drill wells, install hand-pumps and gravity-fed water systems, and we train local residents to maintain the new equipment so they can pass on this knowledge and skill to the next generation.

Hygienic Toilets

In the flood-prone town of Maroantsetra, Medair facilitates the construction of environmentally friendly toilets that include a dedicated shower area to help improve personal hygiene and overall well-being. To ensure affordability and use, these toilets are available to families at a highly subsidized price. In remote communities, we also train local craftsman how to build hygienic toilets.

Hygiene Promotion

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 share this crucial information in their communities and to encourage people to adopt healthier hygiene habits.

Our Impact


people gained better access to safe water


volunteer hygiene promoters trained


people trained to manage water-point infrastructure

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