Madagascar is the 3rd poorest country in the world. Statistics show that 70% of Malagasy people live below the world poverty line. Nearly half of Madagascar's children under five years of age are malnourished. Madagascar roads are rated at the 2nd worst in the world which contributes to poor overland communication and transport.
The Trustees of The Friends of Madagascar Trust (New Zealand) are a group of Christian people from various walks of life who have seen this need and want to do something about it. The Trust was formed in 2009 after members of the Trust had been involved with assisting with projects for many years at Hopitaly Vaovao Mahafaly (the Good News Hospital) and Ecole Bonne Nouvelle (the Good News School) which are located in Mandritsara, Madagascar.
The Trust provides personnel with various skills and talents to travel to Madagascar to carry out projects and in doing so also assists with improving the skills of the local people. In the past personal associated with the Trust have undertaken medical work, provided training of laboratory staff and communications personnel and undertaken building projects.
Many projects have been undertaken since 2003 and these are listed on this site for all those that are interested in the ongoing work of the Trust. Information is also provided on the Trusts current Solar Power Project.
The Trust is registered with Charites New Zealand and further information on its work can also be found on the Charities WEB site; www.charities .govt.nz - Registration No: CC38180
There are 5 Trustees which make up the Trust with 4 based in Christchurch and 1 in Auckland.