It’s swarm season here in south east Madagascar! Swarming is a natural process where a healthy strong colony splits in two and half of the bees leave to find a new home.
Project Renitantely is training beekeepers in how to capture these swarms to put in their own hives. When the swarm ends up in a Mango tree, creative solutions are needed to capture the bees!
To learn more about Project Renitantely, visit: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/renitantely
Forestry Specialist Wanted!
We are looking for a BSc/Masters level forester with experience in re-forestation for Project Ala - a groundbreaking new project tasked with increasing gene flow of four Lemur species through pilot habitat corridors in the Southeast of Madagascar.
Run the Brighton Marathon for SEED Madagascar!
We're still looking for enthusiastic runner to proudly represent SEED at the Brighton Marathon in 2019!
Think you've got what it takes?
LAST CHANCE TO ENTER!
Our friends at Worldwide Vets are offering the opportunity of a lifetime. Join our experienced research team in Sainte Luce to work on exciting conservation projects! Here are some more photos from previous volunteer, Mitch.
Don't miss out. Find out more here: www.worldwidevets.com/competition-time
Project Oratsimba has begun its next phase of work! The team celebrated at a launch event earlier this month with the fishing community of Sainte Luce.
The event brought together communities in once again looking at how they are managing their lobster fishery, now and in the future, and marked the closure of the seasonal no-take zone.
Find out more about Project Oratsimba here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/sustainable-livelihoods/oratsimba
"Education is the best inheritance" - Malagasy proverb
The National Ministry of Education Madagascar and the Project Safidy Team have been hard at work over the past two weeks finalising the sexual education content for the new national curriculum, delivered in in the 2018/19 school year.
Find out more here: safidy.org/
Project Votsira created this video to train Government Health Agents on the nutritional benefits of the plant Moringa, or "Ananambo" in Malagasy, to help them deliver the information to their communities in Fort Dauphin.
Find out more about Government Health Agents and Project Votsira here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/votsira
WIN two weeks at our conservation camp in Madagascar!
Our friends at Worldwide Vets are offering the opportunity of a lifetime. Join our experienced research team in Sainte Luce to work on exciting conservation projects! Here are some photos from previous volunteer, Andre.
What are you waiting for? Find out more here: www.worldwidevets.com/competition-time
Calling friends in the UK!
Next Friday our Director of Operations and Programmes, Lisa Bass, is hosting a talk about her life and work in South East Madagascar.
Check out the event here: www.facebook.com/events/2098262443758533/
Thanks to everyone that visited the Stitch Sainte Luce stall at The Big Textile Show last weekend!
Get your hands on some handmade Stitch items here: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StitchSainteLuce
Project Tatirano celebrates installing its 100th rainwater harvesting system today! The project is now collecting 1.6 million litres of clean water each year at homes around Anosy. We caught up with Harry, Tatirano Project Manager earlier:
"We started on this journey over seven years ago, when collecting rain was just an idea. Now we've created a situation where some of the poorest people are signing up to be on a waiting list to pay a relatively significant amount money. I am immensely proud of what the team has managed to achieve and excited for where it is going next.
Without all the support from The Travers Cox Charitable Foundation, the wider SEED team and the hard work, dedication and passion of Mamonjy, Tolotra and Fidelos, we would not be where we have got today. Thank you."
Find out more about Project Tatirano here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/community-health/tatirano
GoAbroad.com recently interviewed our Volunteer Coordination and Logistics Officer, Nick Hill.
Check out Nick's interview if you're interested in working with us, volunteering in Madagascar or want an insight into life at SEED Madagascar.
Read it here: www.goabroad.com/interviews/nick-hill-volunteer-coordination-and-logistics-offic
Or find out more about the SEED team here: madagascar.co.uk/about
Discovered as recently as 2013, Anosy Mouse Lemurs are most active at night and exist on a diet mostly of insects, fruit and flowers.
Did you know that one species of mouse lemur is found to develop brain lesions similar to Alzheimer's when kept in captivity? It is thought that one of the plants it eats as part of a natural diet protects against this, so scientists are looking for the miracle herb as a potential treatment for humans!
The Southern Woolly Lemur is monogamous and if you are very lucky this #WorldLemurDay you might spot a pair with a newborn offspring.
Unfortunately, as their habitat is severely fragmented and threatened by logging they are now listed as ‘Endangered’ by the IUCN
Find out how Project Ala aims to improve habitats for lemurs in Sainte Luce here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/environment/ala
You might not see a Fat Tailed Dwarf Lemur in Sainte Luce this #WorldLemurDay as they are probably still hibernating!
Did you know that they are the only primates to hibernate for an extended period and during this time their heart rate will drop to 4 beats per minute? They also live of the fat stores in their tail, hence the name - Fat Tailed Dwarf.
Find out more about SEED's conservation projects here: madagascar.co.uk/projects/environment
Since #WorldLemurDay is this Friday, we're celebrating some of the lemur species that live in Sainte Luce.
Did you know the Latin word ‘lemures’ means ‘ghost’? Collared Brown Lemurs are active day and night and their behaviour can even be affected by moonlight! It’s no wonder they are traditionally associated with spirits.
Check out the Lemur Conservation Network for more information on World Lemur Day.
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
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
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.