Over the course of the next twelve days, starting on Christmas Day, I will finally publish my blog (or at least I hope I will) about the year I spent in Madagascar in 2013. Along the way I hope I will raise a little bit of money to help children in Madagascar get not only the primary education all children deserve but also to ensure through free school lunches they get at least one healthy and nourishing meal a day during the school week.
This money (depending on how much I raise) will be shared with a number of small local Malagasy NGOs I know or have worked with over the last couple of years. In my dreams it would eventually be enough to help children living in all the worlds poorest countries but baby steps. Small local NGOs are, in my experience, the best way to get money to the people who need it without wasting exorbitant amounts of money on admin costs, conferences and workshops and executive salaries for western staff. Unfortunately they generally don’t have UK charity status hence the need to use a crowdfunding site rather than the usual justgiving or mydonate.
I understand that Christmas is an expensive time for people. I also want people to read and enjoy the blog just for the sake of the blog itself and to increase their levels of understanding about Madagascar. So please don’t feel obliged to donate immediately (or indeed at all) although of course I hope you will come to learn through the blog how desperately children in other parts of the world need our help for just the basics never mind any of things British children enjoy at this time of year. The gogetfunding page will remain open indefinitely so please just give what you can when you can.
As I publish the blog each day (on the theme the twelve days of Christmas, hence the slight last minute panic!) I will share; some facts about Madagascar and the Millennium Development Goals (in case you don’t know anything about these more information can be found here; http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/goals/)
A prologue post is available on the blog now.
You can read the blog here;
And you can follow me on twitter @annabelkbennett
Please note I do plan to offer a couple of rewards for donating but the details and amounts required to get these rewards need to be finalized. Please bear with me over the festive period. I’m ever hopeful I can edit this fundraiser at a later stage!
It will be something like a t-shirt, photo calendar and letter from the children for anyone donating at least £100 and possibly the opportunity to visit the school (excluding costs of flights to Madagascar, insurance, visas and most internal travel but including very basic on site accommodation and food and travel from the nearest large town to the school site) for more significant donations if people are interested in that experience? Reward suggestions welcome.
That's it for now, thanks for visiting, reading, donating and if you have any questions please message or tweet me.