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MADAGASCAR: Funding gap threatens school lunches – Topix

In Economics, Human Rights, Politics, Society, Timeline on December 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

One of Ravalomanana best innovations in  Madagascar is about to disappear: school lunches and back to school program for children in need. It is amazing how politicians never seek the best interest of their constituencies. The South is in dire need, as usual.  The South of Madagascar is the driest region of the Island Nation. In dry season – which lasts most of the year – some areas, such as Amboasary Sud, would run out of water, killing crops and cows.

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A school canteen in Motombe, south-west, Madagascar, where 560 children have their lunch every day. The programme has been supported by WFP since 2001. (Photo: WFP)

Cantine Amboasary sudSchool Canteen of Centre R in Amboasary Sud, South of Madagascar (photo EdM)

Funding for the program for the South was provided by the World Food Program (WFP) or Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM).

MADAGASCAR: Funding gap threatens school lunches – Topix.


Happy Note on the Salegy and the writer of Tin Pan Alley Malagasy Music – Conservation International

In Culture, Freedom, French, Immigration/Emigration, Pictures, Society on December 31, 2012 at 12:32 am

And to close the year on a happy note, did you know that  Andriamanantena Paul Razafinkarefo, a  Malagasy royalty, better known as Andy Razafy was recognized by many as the ” the most influential black songwriter and lyricist of the 20th century.” He was admitted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972, year of the Malagasy “Revolution”. He wrote “hundreds of memorable songs including “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “Honeysuckle Rose.” …. Andy Razafy’s songs would be performed over the years by such musical greats as Bennie Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald”.

Malagasy Music – Conservation International.

And of course, Madagascar closes and starts the New Year with the Salegy that highlights the diversity of the Island Nation

and the famous and unavoidable traditional Afindrafindrao, 

…which is for the 7 to 77 years old!

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