A humanitarian association from Madagascar
founded by Father Pedro
AKAMASOA means "good friend" and it is a fabulous story of solidarity towards the people from Madagascar, started in 1989 by Father Pedro.
It is a humanitarian association from Madagascar born to fight against poverty, and enabling the economic and social reinsertion of the poorest. Akamasoa has created around Antananarivo 5 reception centres composed of 17 villages where 2,926 families have settled (15,560 people, of which over 60% are children under 15).
Father Pedro was convinced that homeless people, deprived from everything, could not find dignity and autonomy if they did not become themselves the protagonists of their recovery. For this reason, the families sheltered in the villages of the association have to commit to daily work and send their children to school. In exchange, Akamasoa provides them services which will help them to reinsert into society:
- Jobs for the construction of brick houses, making of craft objects, agriculture, carpentry, mechanics and welding;
- 2,000 social dwellings;
- 4 primary and secondary schools;
- 1 higher-education institution;
- 5 kindergartens which accommodate nearly 8,000 children from the province of Antananarivo;
- 6 pharmacies
Today, thousands of families live from their work thanks to Akamasoa and many people from the villages near the capital have benefited from the sanitary facilities of the association.
Those who want to go back to their village of origin receive help to find economic independence: the association provides them tools and pays for transport fees. It is estimated that at least 1,350 families have been able to go back to their home town.
The entry gate to Akamasoa
Ms Bao, president of Akamasoa and Honorine, responsible of the projects south of Madagascar