WHERE WE WORK
Boky Mamiko is currently active in North Madagascar, particularly in the district of Ambanja. Notwithstanding the proximity to the touristic island of Nosy Be, the district of Ambanja is among the most disadvantaged regions of Madagascar, due to the distance from the capital of Antananarivo, where most of the economic, educational, social and political activities are concentrated. The bad conditions of the national road system make the physical distance from the capital (about 900 km) even longer (about two-days travel).
The district of Ambanja is constituted by a coastal region, characterised by mangrove forests, and an inland region, crossed by the Sambirano River, which runs from the foothills of the Tsaratanana Massif into the Ampasindava Bay. Due to the proximity of the Tsaratanana massif and wind directions, the Sambirano region has a particular micro-climate. During the rainy season, the river floods and deposits extremely fertile alluvia along its river banks, providing ideal conditions for growing cacao. The Sambirano region in fact is known for the production of high-quality cacao. In the coastal region, the main economic activities are fishing (including crabs and shrimps) and agriculture (mainly rice, cacao and vanilla).
In this region, we collaborate with four schools providing them different kinds of supports according to their needs, from books to scholarships, financial support for the teachers' salaries, the school canteen or teachers' training:
Mamiko school in Djangoa (250 students from pre-school to lower secondary school)
Saint Joseph school (450 students from pre-school to high school) and the connected hostel Casa Pasquale (75 resident girls and boys) in Maherivaratra
Saint Laurent school in Beandrarezona (330 students from pre-school to lower secondary school)
Docenda school in Anjanojano (75 students from pre-school to lower secondary school).