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What we Do/Our Projects

WE HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world. On the photo above:  Our partner Guy Randriatahina provides local youth with the information leaflets about lemurs.

Lack of Food and Water

Many adults and children do not consume sufficient calories. Poor and extremely poor rely exclusively on drinking water from lakes, ponds, and rivers that can be easily contaminated.*

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Our partner Guy Randriatahina serves food for local residents

Lack of Education

Madagascar’s children lack an adequate educational system. Textbooks available to Malagasy children teach them nothing of local fauna and little about their own country and unique cultural identity.

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New school in Ambinda village

Environmental Concerns and Poverty

Poor residents in Madagascar are farming families in rural areas. Almost 80% of the country’s inhabitants live in the countryside, where living conditions have been steadily declining in recent years. Madagascar’s “paved roads” are in terrible shape. They’re filled with potholes and only wide enough for a single vehicle. Cyclones and extreme weather often decimate roads and bridges making travel even more difficult.

Madagascar’s environmental degradation is severe. Perhaps 90% of Madagascar’s forests are gone while 25-30% of the country burns every year from agricultural fires. Soil erosion robs the country’s agricultural capacity and further impoverishes rural populations. Conserving what remains of Madagascar’s wildlands and biodiversity is key to the country’s future economic development.

The Marat Karpeka Lemur Foundation Helps Communities

  • Building wells and providing villages with access to clear water
  • Improve transportation structure with roads and trails
  • Cooperation with local communities and educating future generations
  • Saving Madagascar’s biodiversity by ensuring permanent presence of scientists and decreasing poaching

*Information taken from The World Bank