SOCIAL

Strategic Investments

Poverty and difficult living conditions are everyday realities for many families in Madagascar. Through Ambatovy’s policies of local procurement and local hiring, many of these families have the opportunity to benefit through increased income either directly or indirectly. In other ways, Ambatovy is taking an active role in key areas such as education and health. Additionally, Ambatovy provides financial and material support to local associations and development organizations in Atsinanana and Alaotra Mangoro, the two main regions where Ambatovy is active.

Education

Education is a significant concern in Madagascar, where 75% of the population lives below the national poverty line[1]. 92% of the population lives on less than US$ 2 per day[2].

Many children, particularly in rural and remote areas, do not go to school. According to the Ministry of Education, about 452,000 children between six and ten years old did not attend school in 2007/2008.

Book donation - Ampitambe primary school, Moramanga

Ambatovy has sponsored the training of school teachers and administrators in Moramanga as part of Madagascar’s Contract for School Success Program (or CPRS, in French).

This Program is a voluntary commitment among stakeholders to improve primary school education. At the start of the school year, the school director, teachers, students, parents, and community leaders/local authorities meet to discuss school results and learning conditions. Emphasis is placed on actions required to improve the school, in general, and retention rates, in particular. Actions could be focused on anything from improving the school environment to setting up a school canteen, or addressing students’ attitudes toward tardiness, absenteeism, and the like. Each participant lists the commitments they are willing to support. The actions needed for implementation are then integrated into the school’s action plan. Progress is reviewed once during the school year and again at the end of the year.

CPRS started in Madagascar more than ten years ago and has significantly contributed to improved access to primary school education, retention rates, and parent/community participation. Through Ambatovy’s participation in the CPRS program, 213 schools implemented the program, nearly 300 principals were trained, and 250 principals received capacity building.

Ecofriendly Schools

In 2013, Ambatovy and UNICEF inaugurated 4 eco-friendly schools built within Ambatovy’s areas of intervention. The construction of the schools followed the renewal of a partnership between Ambatovy and UNICEF in the fields of education, child protection, and youth development. Built with an overall budget of US$400,000, each school includes 2 primary classrooms, one pre-school classroom, water pumps and a toilet block. The schools were built according to current standards of safety, quality of life, and ecology.

Health

Many rural households lack access to quality healthcare. Subsequently, preventable diseases continue to cause death, especially among children. It is estimated that nearly 56 out of every 1,000 children born in Madagascar die before their fifth birthday[3].

Ambatovy has worked extensively with the National Nutrition Office to address malnutrition issues in Ambatovy’s zones through improved gardening techniques and planting nutrient-rich vegetables. This has been a great success, particularly in the commune of Beforona, which is situated along the pipeline.

In HIV/AIDS prevention, Ambatovy works closely with local partners, such as the regional unit for coordinating activities for the fight against HIV and AIDS, carrying out awareness raising activities, voluntary testing, and peer counseling.

Ambatovy continues to work with Madagascar’s Ministry of Health to improve the quality of and access to healthcare for communities neighboring Ambatovy locations. Ambatovy sponsored the delivery of medical equipment used to upgrade district hospitals and basic health centers in and around Toamasina, Moramanga, and Brickaville.

In 2010, Ambatovy funded the transportation of five containers of medical equipment valued at US$2.5 million and donated by Project C.U.R.E to Madagascar. These medical supplies included defibrillators, centrifuges, medical consumables, sterilizers, autoclaves, and care and diagnostic equipment.

Donations & Sponsorship

Ambatovy supports local development initiatives across various fields. Student organizations, youth development associations, and other civil society groups working in the areas of health, education, hygiene and sanitation have been supported through various donations and sponsorships.

Ambatovy has two separate committees that review all requests for donations and sponsorships. Policies for allocating donations and sponsorships are in place and these committees are responsible for providing feedback on all submissions, whether accepted or not. The donation committee is also keen on monitoring the use of grants. Those who receive funding are requested to submit progress reports highlighting achievements.

[1] World Bank
[2] World Bank
[3] UNICEF Madagascar: Demographic Indicators