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School meals for the children in 2015

Madagascar has experienced an exceptionally devastating cyclone season in early 2015. The severe weather and rain caused a lot of damage. Our team had tried to visit our villages in late January to make sure they were OK after the first big cyclone. We sent our founder’s nephew, a strong young man, who had to walk the last 20 kilometers on foot to reach our villages. He sent us this reprt (via SMS)

“The roof and the door of our school in Fiarenana was damaged by the cyclone (it will be repaired by the community, financed by their school treasury). The parents’ association and students are in the process of replacing, respectively replanting, some trees in the school yard that were broken down by the cyclone. Some rice paddy were invaded by sand-flooding”

Dr. Ihanta, Zahana’s founder, sent us this explanatory background note: “The weather was terrible and most of people were forced to stay in their houses most of the time. In our capital many houses collapsed due to the rain and mudslides on the steep hillsides. Unbelievable, but since January it was raining everyday.  We learnt that the last previous similar flood in Madagascar was in 1959 and it was also very serious.

Many of students came to the school in the hope of finding food (bad weather combined with the fear of starvation), so Zahana provide noodles for soup. On a happier note we have included the latest photos (taken with my nephew’s cell phone) of the food being served in the courtyard of our school in Fiarenana.” Note: if you look at the ground you can see that it is still very wet, even if the weather looks ‘nice’.

Cooking the soup for the school chidren in Madagascar - zahana.org

Preparing the soup for the children in our school in Fiarenana

Getting the soup ready for a school lunch – Zahana.org

Getting the soup ready for a school lunch

waiting for everybody to start eating -zahana.org

Waiting for everybody to start eating

waiting for everybody to start eating -zahana.org

waiting for everybody to start eating

Using the school pavilion as the lunch room (staying outside is great after all the rain)  - zahana.org

Using the school pavilion as the lunch room (staying outside is great after all the rain)