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PROJECT  OVERVIEW  «ANDRAFIABE  -­‐  MADAGASCAR»       This  project  concerns  the  life  of  an  entire  region,  now  semi-­‐desert,  that  seems  to  have  been  forgotten  by  all.     It  is  located  in  the  north  east  of  Madagascar,  around  120km  from  the  nearest  town,  Ambanja,  a  journey  of   around  two  and  a  half  hours  by  car.  It  is  centred  in  the  middle  of  four  villages  scattered  over  an  area  of  five   square  kilometres.     As  a  result  of  the  rudimentary  needs  of  the  people,  and  the   high  levels  of  migration  to  this  normally  fertile  region,  the   land  has  suffered  from  high  levels  of  deforestation.  Trees   have  been  cut  to  allow  people  to  build  their  huts,  clear  land   to  grow  rice  and  provide  fuel  wood  for  cooking.  This  loss  of   vegetation  cover,  in  combination  with  hot  tropical  sun  and   high  amounts  of  precipitation  has  rendered  the  tropical  soil   baked  solid,  and  lacking  the  nutrients  necessary  to  sustain   plant  life.       The  AVOTRA  foundation,  the  owner  of  the  land,  began  to   reforest  the  area  located  in  the  “fokontany”  of  Andrafiabe   (the  rural  community  of  North  Befotaka,  in  the  district  of   Analalaya)  to  empower  local  people  to  break  this  vicious   cycle.  Through  a  scheme  of  reforestation,  establishing   nurseries  of  Eucalyptus  and  Acacia,  villagers  who  choose   to  participate  in  this  project  receive  a  plot  of  land  and   learn  how  to  take  care  of  it  and  cultivate  it.  In  return,   recipients  do  not  pay  any  financial  contribution  -­‐  they   would  be  unable  to  -­‐  but  agree  to  educate  their  children.         The  investment  required  for  this  project  –  including   the  construction  of  a  school,  dining  room,  teachers’   residence  and  health  facilities  -­‐  are  budgeted  over   three  years.  

The  site  of  the  future  school  

             Children  from  the  surrounding  communities            

BUDGET     Please  refer  to  the  attached  documents  that  contain  the  specifications  for  the  various  buildings  (schools,   toilets,  wells,  dining  rooms,  teachers’  residence,  home  of  "passage").     Regarding  ‘ongoing  commitments’,  the  salary  of  a  teacher  is  around  50  euros  per  month.  The  five  teachers   required  for  this  project  equate  to  250  euros  per  month  or   3,000  euros  per  year.   Ideally,  there  will  be  a  midday  meal  offered  to  the  children   who  attend  the  school,  at  a  cost  of  one  euro  per  meal.  The   number  of  children  is  estimated  at  between  100  and  200.       It  should  be  noted  that  in  this  region,  children  suffer  from   malnutrition.  It  is  therefore  important  to  provide  them   with  one  meal  a  day.  On  a  basis  of  150  days  of  schooling,   the  annual  budget  would  be  15,000  to  30,000  euros  per   year.  Unfortunately,  this  expense  is  not  required  for  the   operation  of  the  school  and  the  project,  and  if  this  money   is  not  found,  the  meal  will  simply  not  be  offered.     LONG  TERM  IMPACT  AND  SUSTAINABILITY     The  village  in  the  immediate  vicinity  of  the  future  school  (about  1,000  inhabitants)  has  only  four  adults  who   can  read.  The  notion  of  school  and  education  is  shunned  by  the  inhabitants  of  these  small,  agricultural   villages.     Yet  it  is  only  education  that  will  allow  these  populations  to  grow  in  a  sustainable  way,  learning  to  care  for   their  land  by  not  repeating  the  mistakes  of  the  past,  and  in  doing  so,  laying  the  foundations  for  a  sustainable   form  of  agriculture  and  a  sustainable  way  of  life.     As  Father  Stefano  has  demonstrated  so  well,  if  the  Collège   Champittet  Foundation  does  not  build  a  school,  none  of  the   children  of  these  villages  will  have  the  opportunity  to  have   access  to  education.  Without  the  education  on  how  to   manage  this  land  in  a  sustainable  way,  the  land  could  quickly   return  to  its  current,  infertile  state.       The  sustainability  of  the  project  is  further  ensured  by  the   constitution  of  the   AVOTRA  foundation   (articles  attached),   whose  president  is  from   one  of  the  villages  concerned  and  for  whom  Father  Stefano  acts  as   treasurer.  The  chiefs  of  the  four  villages  most  affected,  as  located  in  a   geographical  area  allowing  access  to  the  new  school  (5  km),  are   committed  to  achieving  the  objectives  of  the  AVOTRA  foundation  and   its  reforestation  project  in  the  region,  the  results  of  which  are  already   visible.     It  is  through  this  combination  of  local  land  ownership,  intermediate   financial  management  and,  more  importantly,  education  on  how  to   create  a  sustainable  plantation  and  teach  the  next  generation  on  how   to  sustain  it,  that  make  this  project  particularly  unique.  

HOW  THE  PROJECT  WILL  BENEFIT  THE  LOCAL  NORD  ANGLIA  EDUCATION  COMMUNITY     A  partnership  agreement  between  the  Collège  Champittet  Foundation  and  the  AVOTRA  Foundation  has   already  been  signed  (February  16,  2012)     As  part  of  this  agreement,  students  from  Collège  Champittet  will  travel  to  the  region  and  assist  in  the   ongoing  implementation  of  this  project.  They  will  be  hosted  by  the  organisation  based  in  Ambanja  and   supported  by  the  network  at  their  disposal.  This  will  not  only  contribute  to  the  CAS  (Creativity,  Action,   Service)  element  of  our  students’  IB  Diplomas,  but  will  also  have  a  significant  positive  impact  on  their   personal  development.  

The  construction  of  the  school  has  already  begun  (photo  May  4,  2012)     In  conclusion,  here  is  a  video  summary  of  the  experience  I  have  had  the  privilege  to  perform,  accompanied   by  Matthew  Roberts,  as  part  of  this  project  which  should,  hopefully,  eliminate  any  hesitation  you  might  still   have  in  supporting  us.     Valérie  Sutter  and  Matthew  Roberts   Collège  Champittet,  Lausanne,  Switzerland        

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