As I'm talking to more people about my upcoming trip and brainstorming fundraising ideas, one question that continues to come up is "Why Madagascar?" So here's a little more information on Madagascar and why my heartstrings have been tugged in this direction.
|Malagasy children in a swarm of locusts.|
Locusts attack crops, decreasing already unstable food supplies.
Of a population of approximately 20 million people, 71% are living below the poverty line, meaning they are earning an income below the level which has been deemed necessary to achieve an adequate standard of living in that specific country. 75% of the population does not have access to clean drinking water and in rural areas, this figure can climb to as high as 96%. The infant mortality rate for Madagascar is a wretched 1 in 10. Take a moment and let that marinade.
|Verreaux sifaka |
(Tell ya when I get back)
|Rosy Periwinkle |
We hear staggering facts such as these all the time and it is easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed. If you find yourself wanting to help this country in need but are not in a position to travel there yourself, you can still help. To travel to Madagascar with Azafady, I must raise a minimum donation of $3120 plus cover the costs of my flights and vaccinations. If you feel so inclined, you can make a donation using the link in the top right corner of this page. I promise to you that I will give 100% of myself every day to ensure that I do as much good as I possibly can and bring back plenty of memories to share with you.
Misaotra betsaka!! (Many thanks in Malagasy)