Boky Mamiko is a partnership between a group of volunteer students and researchers from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and École Mamiko, a kindergarten and primary school in the village of Djangoa, district of Ambanja, in a rural area of North West Madagascar.
Children and their families in Djangoa live in extreme poverty and precarious living conditions. We work to support the children's learning opportunities at École Mamiko, and give them higher chances of escaping poverty in their future.
With this in mind, we have created a library for École Mamiko in summer 2018. In November 2018, with the financial support of Boky Mamiko, École Mamiko started a secondary school, allowing for about 25 children in Djangoa to stay in school past grade 5, and not drop out (as had been the situation prior). Moreover, we have provided the school with solar panels for much needed access to electricity, and we are planning to finance the construction of the water infrastructure to give access to water to the 175 students of École Mamiko.
WHAT DOES 'BOKY MAMIKO' MEAN?
In Malagasy "Mamiko" is a compound noun formed by "Mami", which means "sweet", and "ko", which means "my". It is a word used to address a beloved person or thing. "Boky" means "books".
Hence, "Boky Mamiko": "Books, my love"!