In Madagascar, 92% of people live on less than $2 a day
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
people gained better access to safe water
volunteer hygiene promoters trained
people trained to manage water-point infrastructure
Generous gifts from people like you
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
United States Agency for International Development