Weak from long-term political instability, Madagascar has seen both poverty and environmental damage significantly increase over the past few years with a degree of breakdown in law enforcement following a coup. There is a great need for resources at all levels of the Malagasy education and health systems.
State-provided health facilities in Madagascar are seriously underfunded. Access to clean water sources and adequate sanitation infrastructure is practically non-existent in many rural communities, and as many as 1 in 3 children die before their 5th birthday due to easily preventable diseases. In both urban and rural areas the majority of the population has little or no access to even basic levels of formal education.
The Anosy region where this volunteer project is based, has one of highest illiteracy rates in the country at 80%. African Impact, together with its partners, aims to create sustainable improvements in health for priority rural villages through community education and provision of water and sanitation infrastructure.
These construction initiatives are vital in supporting impoverished communities in one of the poorest countries in the world. As a short-term volunteer in community projects you will have the opportunity to take a very hands-on role in remote and incredibly poor rural areas. As you volunteer in Africa, you will be immersed in the Malgasy culture throughout your visit and will work alongside a local team with 24 hour support.
Whether you are helping to build a school, well, or latrine - digging foundations, painting classrooms, constructing furniture or building wells - your involvement will make a lasting difference to education, safe drinking water and sanitation.