Madagascar
Caritas Madagascar

Caritas Madagascar was founded in 1959 after a flood that devastated most of the island. It used to be a branch of Caritas France (Secours Catholique) and was called Vonjy Aina Katolika or Secours Catholique of Madagascar. Caritas Madagascar works through parish structures, districts and local dioceses to provide support for disadvantaged groups. It is involved in the aftermath of the natural disasters that afflict Madagascar – drought, cyclones and flooding – and is often the organisation best placed to reach the most remote areas.

Caritas Madagascar provides emergency assistance, post-emergency rehabilitation in the form of food aid, medical and hygiene kits, support for agricultural production and health programmes. It is also involved in agricultural development projects, such as seed distribution to ensure that crops are planted at the most appropriate times of year.

To carry out its humanitarian aid and development projects, Caritas Madagascar works in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the World Bank, WaterAid, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Campagne contre la faim pour le développement and other Caritas organisations including Secours Catholique, Caritas Malta, Caritas Belgium and Caritas Switzerland.

In Madagascar: BIMTT or Birao Iraisan’ny Mpampiofana eo @ Tontolo Ambanivohitra (Joint Office for Trainers in Rural Areas), CARE (Protestant aid and development organisation from the United States), ADRA (Adventist and Development Relief Agency from the United States), Malagasy Red Cross, FFKM (The Christian Council of Churches in Madagascar), SAF FJKM (the equivalent of Caritas for the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar), ANAE (National Environmental Action Association), FAFIALA (organisation mainly involved in reforestation activities), SAHA (formerly the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Madagascar), FIKRIFAMA (Christian Development Federation in Madagascar), WaterAid (British organisation engaged in provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene), French Raoul Follereau Association, which takes care of lepers in Madagascar.

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