Three-quarters of Madagascar’s 22 million people live in rural areas - yet only 35% have clean wells or water sources. So how does SEED know that the communities we work with have clean water......We test it!
Read more about the communities, our approach and our water testing kit: www.delagua.org/learning/view/606-DelAgua-Kit-Case-Study-SEED-Madagascar-Water-T
Up to 80% of marine litter is non-biodegradable, environmentally damaging plastic and for Madagascar, where over half of the population lives on the coast and is reliant on fisheries, this is especially worrying.
SEED’s conservation research team took the children from Club A to the local beach in Sainte Luce to clean the beach and learn about marine litter and its damaging effects.
To join our team of conservation research volunteers in Sainte Luce, visit madagascar.co.uk/volunteer/conservation-programme
SEED support bees in Madagascar - can you support bees in the UK? Friends of the Earth are running a Great British Bee Count from 17 May to 30 June 2018 and are asking for people to count the bees that they see during this time. To learn more visit their site at friendsoftheearth.uk/bee-count
By taking part, you'll learn more about bees and easy ways to help them. You'll also be helping experts build their understanding of how wild bumblebees and solitary bees are coping with threats including habitat loss, pesticides and climate change.
Here in Fort Dauphin Malaria is still one of the biggest dangers to babies and children, so giving simple advice to new mum's on identifying symptoms and what to do about them can save lives. SEED have just given Malaria training to 11 Government health agents in Fort Dauphin who are already out there spreading these life saving messages across the town.
To find out more about SEEDs work with Maternal and child health, go to madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/votsira
We take water coming out of the tap for granted - yet 14 year old Mita used to have to walk to the nearest well several times each day and even then the water was still dirty.
Through SEED, Mita's local well has now been repaired making the walks to the well shorter and the drinking water she gets for her and her family clean.
To support SEED's work with other rural communities, please consider making a small monthly donation to us through this page or at madagascar.co.uk/donate-shop
#endwaterpoverty #WAM2018 #water
SEED cinema is now a regular feature of life in Ste Luce thanks to the conservation team and a new projector donated by Maya Moore of Stonybrook University and ValBIO. At a special screeening of a Malagasy narrated “Island of Lemurs”, 130 people watched the iconic lemur species found outside of Sainte Luce and the threats that they face.
Interested in continuing the work of SEED in Ste Luce? Please consider making a monthly donation to help us plan support into the future by clicking the donate key on this site.
On a night walk this month, here are two of the creatures the SCRP team bumped into.
SEED have been working with Andrew, a Peace Corps Volunteer living and working in Sainte Luce, who has been leading lessons on how children can help to make their soil more fertile through composting. As an agriculture volunteer, Andrew spends his time working with the local community on improving crop production and knowledge on sustainable practices.
The lesson was made into a game where household waste items were called out and the students had to run to either the “garbage” or “compost” end of the playground. Thank you Andrew for planning and teaching such a fun and engaging Club A!
We're looking forward to meeting future SEED volunteers this Thursday - if you're a student at the University of Manchester stop by and say hello!
If you ever needed any more inspiration to visit us here in Madagascar......have a look at what this amazing country has to offer.
Honey and Soga, the beekeepers retail partners, have been accompanying the bee team on their regular bush visits. Opening up this direct line of communication has meant that beekeepers and Honey and Soga have been able to discuss the issues their businesses face, logistics from the bush and how to increase the price of honey for the beekeepers. For more information about Project Renitantely and the amazing work it's doing, click here.
If you go down to the woods today… you’ll probably encounter our conservation research team busy measuring trees!
Understanding the forest ecosystem is the first step to preserving it. Alongside our wildlife research and conservation projects, we regularly carry out forest analysis surveys in order to assess the key differences between community logging and community protection zones. With this information we can look at the effects of logging, the animal species that are affected by the change in forest, and identify key areas for conservation.
Forest analysis surveys are off the beaten track and truly immerse you in the jungle of Sainte Luce! Why not join us on our conservation research programme? Visit www.madagascar.co.uk/volunteer/conservation-programme for more information.
Project Votsira has been designing a poster to highlight the key messages of SEED's Child Health Course. This is difficult in Fort Dauphin due to low literact levels and so the team have been working alongside 11 mothers and elders in developing ways of getting the messages across without using words. Once ready the poster will be distributed to over 1,000 households.
Pictures really do speak louder than words!
We would like to thank Sarah Magee at : www.facebook.com/GraphicDesignCavan/ for all her support and input designing the poster.
If you would like to support SEED to continue it's work, through facebook or at madagascar.co.uk/donate-shop
Love is in the air in Sainte Luce.
At this time of year the spectacular (and unfortunately named) warty chameleons, Furcifer verrucosus, are looking for breeding partners. The males, who are a pretty bland grey throughout the year, explode into bright colours, displaying to the local females and also warning other males off their patch!
A snails pace game of cat and mouse then takes place, with slow males following equally slow females until finally (maybe after a quick cricket snack) they are ready to mate. The female will bury her eggs and around 9 months later tiny chameleons will hatch just in time for the wet season.
Want to join us in Sainte Luce and work with these stunning animals? Check out madagascar.co.uk/volunteer/conservation-programme for more information.
In Fort Dauphin and the surrounding regions, 48% of 16-18 year olds are sexually active though only 36% of those know how to use a condom. The lack of knowledge on sexual health issues and preventative measures have caused rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, HIV and unintended pregnancy within this age group. Project Safidy aims to provide adolescents with the skills and knowledge to negotiate safer sexual practices through a national Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights curriculum. Hoping to be rolled out in 28 schools across Madagascar by the end of March, we look forward to seeing the impact on knowledge, behaviours and attitudes of young people.
Thank you to Amplify Change for supporting SEED in this work.
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Have a read of this brilliant blog inspired by Stitch Ste Luce;
to see more images of this fantastic project, check out Stitch's instagram account at www.instagram.com/stitchsteluce/
Happy World Health Day! This year’s theme is Universal Health Coverage – providing health to everyone, everywhere. Here at SEED we champion this ethos with a wide range of projects working to improve the health of children, young people, mothers and whole communities in both rural and urban areas. This includes providing access to safe drinking water, disseminating health education to mothers and advocating for sexual rights in schools across Madagascar. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to advance #HealthForAll.
Beekeepers working with SEED have increased their income by 50% in the first year of Project Renitantely. This increase has been achieved through a minimum price of £1.75 per litre of honey being agreed with honey and beeswax partner retailers in Madagascar. Beekeepers have also almost doubled their yield as beekeepers have improved their beekeeping skills and modernised their techniques.
We would like to The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation for making these income from beekeeping increases possible.
Jevago, SEED's beekeeping technician, has been busy designing and making specially adapted bee keeping suits. The beekeepers hat has been made from locally sourced reeds and face masks have been created from old mosquito nets.
Over the past month, Juve and Jevago, have been travelling across the Anosy Region to provide the suits and equipment to beekeepers that will improve their ability to harvest high quality honey.
We would like to The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation for making the distribution of key beekeeping equipment possible.