Access to safe water does not always translate into good hygiene practices.
To ensure that it does, Project Fatsaka educates the local communities about the importance of sanitation and hygiene. After 88 WASH lessons in schools, kids across 15 rural communities will now gladly teach you how to properly wash your hands!
To find out more about Project Fatsaka, visit: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/fatsaka
Project Renitantely has some new members! This month, two beekeeping technicians and an international specialist joined the team.
Last week they collected data on the progress of beekeepers across six rural communities. This data will provide a better understanding of the spread of the parasitic varroa mite and what training beekeepers will need to combat it.
Find out more about Project Renitantely here: madagascar.co.uk/…/sustainable-liveliho…/renitantely
After years of research we can now confirm that both the Thomas’ dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus thomasi) and Anosy mouse lemur (Microcebus tanosi) inhabit the fragmented Sainte Luce littoral forest!
These two species have previously been misidentified in the area and are now under assessment by the IUCN to determine their conservation status.
Support SEED's vital research and help protect precious littoral forest here: madagascar.co.uk/donate-shop
For the fifth year in a row the people of Sainte Luce came together to decide when to open their no-take zone. The community is the first in Madagascar to manage it's lobster fishery in this way.
With lobster catch in Madagascar dropping by almost half between 2006 and 2012 it is a vital solution for protecting the future livelihoods of local people.
For more information on Project Oratsimba and others follow the link: madagascar.co.uk/sustainable-livelihoods/oratsimba
Happy International Youth Day!
This year's UN International Youth Day celebrates safe spaces for youth. Schools not only play a vital part in shaping futures but provide a space for children to freely express themselves, build strong support systems and participate in sports and activities.
SEED Madagascar caught up with some of the children at Manambaro Primary School, one of the schools benefiting from Project Sekoly. Find out more here:
Our Project Votsira posters have arrived!
This poster will continue to deliver vital child health messages to mothers for years to come.
It covers key topics such as when to take your child to a health facility and how to spot the signs of the three biggest killers of children under five in Madagascar - malaria, acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea. Thank you Sarah at Deer Lane Studio for the design.
Find out more about Project Votsira here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/votsira
We are recruiting!
As SEED expands, we have a number of exciting opportunities for entry-level officers, specialists and managers. Work alongside the fantastic national staff, brilliant communities and experience the joys of Madagascar.
Take a look at our current roles here: madagascar.co.uk/jobs and follow us on LinkedIn
As #WorldBreastfeedingWeek comes to an end, SEED would like to thank the James Tudor Foundation for their invaluable support on Project Votsira!
Colostrum is the highly nutritious milk produced into the early days of breastfeeding, full of vital nutrients and antibodies. 40% of mothers believed colostrum gave babies diarrhoea before they took part in the Votsira child health course.
Following the first round of the course, all mothers reported giving their new-born colostrum, ensuring infants do not miss out on it's amazing benefits! Find out more about Project Votsira here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/votsira
Next weekend, keen cyclist Nathan is biking 70 miles around Brighton & Hove to raise money for SEED!
Find out more about Nathan's fundraising journey and donate here:
Heavy rains in the Anosy region have left roads in worse condition than normal. This can make travelling to project communities more difficult as even 4x4's can get stuck in the deep mud.
If this situation does arise, its always important to have six people directing and one person digging!
It's all part of the experience when volunteering with SEED. Find out more about our volunteer programmes here: madagascar.co.uk/volunteer
The beautiful sifaka lemurs have recently been listed as critically endangered by the IUCN, after many mysteriously died at Berenty Reserve. Like the lemurs in Sainte Luce, sifaka's face many threats including deforestation and habitat fragmentation.
Find out how Project Ala will seek to support the region's Lemur population here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/environment/ala
Read more about the threats baffling staff and scientists at Berenty: news.mongabay.com/2018/05/sifaka-lemurs-listed-as-critically-endangered-amid-mys
Even in the cold of winter, there is plenty to see in Sainte Luce! Our conservation volunteer Julie was lucky enough to spot this juvenile tree boa (Sanzinia madagascariensis) whilst out on transect with the SCRP team.
This is just one of many species of unique reptiles which can be found in Madagascar. Find out how you can become a SEED volunteer here: madagascar.co.uk/volunteer/conservation-programme
Our short term volunteers learn how to weave Mahampy bracelets with women from the local weavers association at our conservation camp in Sainte Luce.
Mahampy weaving is one of the many unique activities you could get involved in on our volunteer programs.
Find out more at madagascar.co.uk/volunteer.
#WorldBreastfeedingWeek starts today!
Breastfed children have at least six times greater chance of survival in the early months than non-breastfed children.
Project Votsira found that only 61% of mothers recruited for our child health course knew the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. Today, 100% of the mothers know about breastfeeding's amazing natural benefits.
To find out more about our child health course, please visit: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/votsira
A huge thank you from Madagascar!
As our dedicated Project Development Coordinator Nick leaves today, we'd like to thank him for all his hard work and constant support. Good luck Nick, and stay in touch.
Having protected wells doesn't necessarily mean access to safe water.
When some of Project Fatsaka's community wells were damaged and contaminated, the members of Ananalava came together to collectively clean and repair the wells. They later supported SEED with shock chlorination treatment to ensure a clean water supply once again.
Find out more about Project Fatsaka here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/fatsaka
Project Renitantely’s biggest challenge is just over a millimetre long and weighs a fraction of a gram.
The Varroa mite is a parasite with catastrophic effects on bee colonies across the globe and most recently in Madagascar. To combat hive losses from Varroa, Project Renitantely will continue to train beekeepers on sustainable management of this pest and how to keep their bees healthy!
Follow this link to find out more about Project Renitantely: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/renitantely
This new study at Berenty Reserve has revealed the weird and wonderful ways 'gardening' helps Mouse Lemurs unknowingly support their habitats and young.
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Once signed up, for every purchase you make on your Amazon account, Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the purchase to SEED at no extra cost to you!
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How is your commute?
Our Community Development Volunteers' short walk from their camp through rice fields and the beautiful town of Manambaro to the school construction site is all part of the experience.
Find out more about SEED's volunteering programs by following the link below madagascar.co.uk/volunteer