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Saturday 20th October 2018

Saturday 20th October 2018

This coming Friday, is #WorldLemurDay! The day is designed to raise awareness of Lemurs and support the conservation of both the species and their habitat. Lemurs make up 36% (5 out of 14) families of primates and are endemic to Madagascar but 23 of the lemur species are now critically endangered.

In celebration of World Lemur Day, Stitch Sainte Luce are launching a limited time only Etsy Sale of their favourite lemur and Malagasy wildlife themed pieces!

In collaboration with Lemur Conservation Network you can now shop this special collection on Etsy, but only until next Sunday!

See the pieces here: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StitchSainteLuce

Colourful handmade embroidery products from Madagascar by StitchSainteLuce

Thursday 18th October 2018

Thursday 18th October 2018

We'd like to thank teachers like Jimbo, who gave up his career as a rice farmer to become a teacher, and help children succeed through education.

Previously, Manambaro school didn't have the capacity for the children enrolling. He is excited that SEED's classroom construction activity means the school can continue accepting new students this academic year!

Find out more about the work of Project Sekoly here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/education/sekoly

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Wednesday 17th October 2018

To comply or not to comply?

That is the question healthcare workers in Madagascar face after Trump signed an order to deny funding to any foreign-based organisation that offers information on, promotes, or performs abortions. Marie Stopes Madagascar - 411 who promote the right to safe abortion chose not to comply, and tragically has lost millions in funds.

Check out this Washington Post piece for an in-depth look at how policy abroad has been affected.

www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/world/how-a-change-in-us-abortion-policy-re

How a change in U.S. abortion policy reverberated around the globe

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Tuesday 16th October 2018

We're looking for an enthusiastic Environment, Conservation & Sustainable Livelihoods Intern to join our team in Madagascar.

Interested? Check out our latests jobs here: madagascar.co.uk/jobs

Saturday 13th October 2018

Saturday 13th October 2018

What can you spot on this frame of beeswax?
A few bees drinking honey?
What about pollen that the bees eat and feed to baby bees for protein?
Can you see a new worker bee hatching from her cell?
If you look just a few cells down and to the left can you spot the little reddish varroa mite?

Project Renitantely is training beekeepers to identify the different happenings inside the hive and to sustainably control diseases and pests like the varroa mite. Learn more about the project here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/renitantely

Friday 12th October 2018

Friday 12th October 2018

Did you know that agricultural outputs in many Sub-Saharan African countries could increase by up to 20% if women’s access to agricultural inputs was equal to men’s?

#DayOfTheGirl

From Project Stitch Sainte Luce to Project Votsira, find out how SEED is striving to improve women's livelihoods and education to ensure no girl is left behind in south east Madagascar: madagascar.co.uk/projects

Thursday 11th October 2018

Thursday 11th October 2018

Did you know that providing girls with an extra year of schooling increases their wages by 10-20%? And women with more years of schooling have better maternal health and economic opportunities.

This #DayOfTheGirl, SEED wants to highlight some of the benefits that come with investing in the health and education of women- for their own lives, their families and communities.

We believe in the potential of girls to catalyse development and we will continue to improve women's education and economic empowerment to ensure that no one is left behind.

Explore our projects to see how SEED are helping empower women in south east Madagascar: madagascar.co.uk/projects

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Wednesday 10th October 2018

"I hope Project Oratsimba continues to deliver fantastic results for the fishing communities it works with!"

SEED Madagascar has been lucky enough to host Grace, an independent researcher from UCL. She's been interviewing local fishers and reviewing the economic and governmental influences on lobster fishing in the region for an analysis report!

See how Project Oratsimba works here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livetlihoods/oratsimba

Monday 8th October 2018

Monday 8th October 2018

"I got to be involved in so many different activities, such as forest analysis, lemur and herps (day and night) transects, lobsters and Club A, where kids from local schools learn about nature and conservation."

"My conservation volunteering experience in Madagascar was amazing."

Get involved like Ana, and check out our website and Pod Volunteer to find out more.

madagascar.co.uk/volunteer

Saturday 6th October 2018

Saturday 6th October 2018

Part of SEED's long term monitoring projects is to research about the four species of lemurs that live in the forests. Mouse lemurs are the smallest known primate in the world (less than 30cm in length) and are a very cryptic species. We were very lucky to get this photo!

Support SEED's conservation work by donating via our Facebook Donate button!

Friday 5th October 2018

Friday 5th October 2018

In the Indian Ocean Humpback whale numbers became severely depleted having long been the target of intensive industrial whaling.

However, this population has steadily recovered! On calm days between July and November you can catch a glimpse of the migration of these majestic animals off the Fort Dauphin coast.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Last week we were thrilled to welcome Jenny Dee, Australian Ambassador to Madagascar, to Sainte Luce!

The Australian Government have funded SEED Madagascar since 2011, including helping fund the construction of the Stitch Sainte Luce studio. The embroiderers had the chance to meet and thank Jenny in person!

A huge thanks to Jenny for making the time to visit us, and we look forward to welcoming her back soon. Australia in Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros

Monday 1st October 2018

Monday 1st October 2018

This is Jacqueline, one of Project Votsira's Government Health Agent's, and a newborn during a baseline survey in Ambinanibe.

Annual training this month provided an exciting and interactive platform for Government Health Agents to refresh their knowledge and prepared them to deliver key messages to mothers and elders in Fort Dauphin about child and maternal health.

Find out more about Project Votsira here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/votsira

Saturday 29th September 2018

Saturday 29th September 2018

"We may be missing opportunities to use stories built around our work, to inspire interest and change where it is most needed: at community level."

Much like Ruth Leeney's experience protecting sawfish, Project Oratsimba has found that a community-led approach is the key to the long-term success of lobster fishery management!

Read more here: theconversation.com/education-can-help-protect-sawfishes-in-mozambique-and-madag

Or find out more about Oratsimba here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/oratsimba

Friday 28th September 2018

Friday 28th September 2018

This Wednesday marked the third anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals. Our Project Fatsaka works towards Goal Six - "access to safe water and sanitation."

With one billion people still left behind, check out how SEED's water access projects are working towards achieving Goal Six in southeast Madagascar:
madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health

Thursday 27th September 2018

Thursday 27th September 2018

On the 2nd September a fire destroyed the homes of over 100 people in the area of Ambinanikely, including the homes of our colleagues Theodore and Mamonjisoa. The community has shown amazing support for the families affected and have already made quick progress rebuilding homes in their neighbourhood.

Such a rapid recovery would not have been possible without your support and we would like to thank everyone who has donated to and shared the appeal. We're just shy of our target so if you are able, please give here:
madagascar.charitycheckout.co.uk/pf/ambinanikely-fire-appeal

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Wednesday 26th September 2018

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join our Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods team in Madagascar as a Project Development Officer!

Gain invaluable experience in the world of international development supporting the implementation of innovative sustainable livelihood projects in south-east rural Madagascar.

Check out our current jobs at: madagascar.co.uk/jobs

Monday 24th September 2018

Monday 24th September 2018

"I felt so strongly about being in Sainte Luce and my experience with the SEED Madagascar SCRP team that I chose to extend my time here by two weeks"
- Robyn (Conservation Volunteer, 2018)

Read Robyn's top tips for volunteering on a SEED Madagascar conservation programme here: madagascar.co.uk/volunteer/volunteer-stories/robyns-story

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Saturday 22nd September 2018

“People don’t realise how important these interactions are, but we depend on the lemurs for the trees, and the lemurs depend on trees – it goes both ways.”

Ph.D research like Onja Razafindratsimas' is crucial in increasing awareness around the importance of lemurs to Madagascan forests.

Donate to SEED's continuing conservation work using the Facebook 'Donate' button and read more about Onja's work here: today.cofc.edu/2018/09/03/lemur-extinction-primatology/

Thursday 20th September 2018

Thursday 20th September 2018

Moringa leaves are not only plentiful but make for an excellent source of protein, Vitamin C: Vitamin A, Iron and Magnesium, which are all extremely important nutrients for healthy child development.

As part of Project Votsira's child health course, Government Health Agents have been trained to teach caregivers how to find and cook Moringa in order to pass its amazing benefits onto their children.
Find out more about Project Votsira here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/votsira