Child Sponsor Madagascar
is the world's fourth largest island and following independence in 1960 it
replaced one form of unwanted rule with a succession of unstable governments,
coups and assassination attempts at odds with a military aim of creating a
'socialist paradise' with firm ties to the Soviet Union and the spurning of
ties with the west. The last such coup was in 2009 and in 2010, after it failed to
implement much needed reforms, humanitarian and development aid was stopped from
the EU. As such, in what
should be an island paradise in the Indian Ocean,
Madagascar is in 151st place out of 187 countries and
territories in 2011 when ranked in terms of life
expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living
standards of a country.
And falling as
the current political crisis is seeing children being pulled out of schools,
factories closing, hospitals struggling and running out of supplies against a
backdrop of over half the country's children suffering from malnourishment. Half of all children under the age of five will die of diarrhoea, those who do
survive will suffer from frequent bouts of illness even at
school, where only 18% of Madagascar's schools have access to
and only 30% have toilets. Nearly 70% of Madagascar's
population lives below the poverty with poverty rising to 85% in rural areas,
which is home to 80% of the country's 20 million population. Of the 9,571,000
children in Madagascar, there are 910,000 orphans, just under 10%,and 11,000 of
these have been orphaned by AIDS (although some sources put this higher at
30,000) with five children being born every day in Madagascar with the virus. Overall 43% of
the country's population is under the age of 15yrs old (compared with 17% for
the UK) and many grow up without adult care having to fend for themselves or
being brought up in child-headed families.
Child sponsor programs in Madagascar focus
on providing care to orphaned and abandoned children, access to water, health and
education projects, food aid and working with HIV awareness and prevention.
can make a difference when you sponsor a child from Madagascar.