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CARING RESPONSE MADAGASCAR FOUNDATION - CLEAN WATER LEMURS
Almost 20 years ago, in 2000, my son David spent the summer working with Brother Edwin Joseph in the urban slums and rural villages of Toamasina, Madagascar. His experiences changed David's life and the lives of everyone in our family. As a result, we formed Caring Response Madagascar Foundation (CRMF) to support the work that Brother Edwin Joseph and his team, ONG St. Gabriel, was doing to bring education, clean water, sanitation and better healthcare to the poor. We continue that partnership today.
This summer, Cincinnati non-profit Caring Response Madagascar is teaming up with the Rotary Clubs of Cincinnati and Northmont to build on the huge success of our previous Model Healthy Village near Madagascar’s port city of Toamasina, which reduced water-borne disease by 77% in two years. We’ve helped this community overcome a huge cause of child mortality, family sickness, and lost school and work time.
Now we’re launching a new quest to equip the 800 families of Analamalotra with safe water.
Your donation will be put to work immediately as the new project launches in September, 2019. Our Malagasy non-profit partners ONG St. Gabriel have been leading successful water and sanitation projects in and around Tamatave for almost 20 years: they are pros.
The problem we’re tackling is that impoverished communities have no water or sanitation infrastructure and no quick way to clean the water they draw from the river for drinking and cooking. Here’s how the Model Healthy Village works: an experienced local team of health promoters work with community leaders, schools, health providers and families to discuss the changes they can make to prevent water-borne disease. Families receive water filters and latrine parts, learn how to maintain them, and build their own outhouses. Local residents are trained as health promoters and local masons get certified to help with maintenance of equipment. In short, the community gains the health knowledge and the skills to keep their families safe.
Please take a couple of minutes to watch the video on my page. This project will save lives now and for years to come.
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