‘Bee’ kind & make Christmas last this year! 🐝

‘Bee’ kind & make Christmas last this year! 🐝

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Give an opportunity for education, a secure income, improved health, and environmental sustainability to Madagascar. 

Madagascar is one of the world’s incredible biodiversity hotspots with 80% of its plants and animals being both unique and forest-dependent. But with deforestation at over 90%, Madagascar is at the forefront of the current global extinction spasm and amongst the most vulnerable countries to global climate.

With a reputation for friendliness and generosity, the people of Madagascar make up an ethnically diverse population of over 27 million. It is one of the world's most impoverished and least developed countries, ranking 161/189 in the 2018 UN Human Development Index. Over 70% of Madagascar’s people live in extreme poverty. Around 1 in every 10 children die before the age of five from easily preventable diseases and only 3 in every 10 attend primary school. The majority of people living in the rural areas rely on traditional agriculture for their livelihoods, resulting in an income of less than $1.90 per day.

What is SEED Madagascar doing to help?

We work to design, plan, fund, implement, monitor, and evaluate projects. Aligning with international development goals, we consult closely with the governments, communities and other stakeholders, building projects from pilot phases through to national interventions. With 20 years’ experience, an enviable track record, and a mostly Malagasy staff base, SEED is well placed to help. SEED’s projects are based on expressed local need from communities themselves.

Our four project departments implement a wide range of positive sustainable impact initiatives in a region of Madagascar that is desperately in need. Our holistic approach to projects means that it is not just a single issue being considered, we look at the wider impacts and long-term sustainability of our work to make sure that we are using our limited resources to bring about the greatest possible change. Our mission is to see thriving communities and ecosystems across Madagascar.

We would like you to join us in that mission.

With your support, our plans for 2020 aim to implement projects across all four areas:

Sustainable Livelihoods: Grow and support the livelihoods generated by our Beekeeping project which both delivers stable income and protects the threatened Madagascan honey bee. Or help provide a studio space for traditional Mahampy-weaving women to establish a steady income.

Education: Help us build and refurbish schools complete with latrines and sanitation facilities so we can provide a safe place for children to learn. Along with WASH education programmes, the new schools enable children to access education and improve their chances of financial stability. Next year we already have three school projects to fund.

Community Health: Help us subsidise access to clean water and improved sanitation. Only 1/3 of the rural population has access to improved water sources. Our Community Health projects implement rainwater harvesting systems and sanitation improvement in homes and schools as well as deliver improved healthcare and maternal and sexual education.

Conservation: Help us enable the ongoing tree-planting and forest corridor expansion of the Sainte Luce littoral forest, safeguarding populations of several species of threatened lemur as well as birds, insects, reptiles, and hundreds of other unique species crucial to the balance of Madagascar’s ecosystems.

Giving to SEED Madagascar this Christmas will facilitate long-term positive change. In return for your generosity we’d like to share a taste of Madagascar…

For single donations, you’ll receive:

  • a certificate of your gift; and
  • an optional subscription to a regular newsletter to keep you informed on SEED’s work (you can opt out at any point).

For monthly donations of £10 a month, you’ll receive:

  • a hand-embroidered Stitch Sainte Luce bracelet*;
  • a certificate of your gift;
  • a SEED Madagascar postcard; and
  • an optional subscription to a regular newsletter to keep you informed on SEED’s work (you can opt out at any point).

For single donations over £100 or monthly donations of £25 or over, you’ll receive:

  • a limited edition, un-purchasable pot of Madagascan honey* from Project Renitantely, complete with a Stitch Cooperative jam jar cover featuring a hand-stitched bee;
  • a certificate of your gift;
  • a SEED Madagascar postcard; and
  • an optional subscription to a regular newsletter to keep you informed on SEED’s work (you can opt out at any point).

For single donations over £200 or monthly donations of £50 or over, you’ll receive:

  • a limited edition, un-purchasable pot of Madagascan honey* from Project Renitantely, complete with a Stitch Cooperative jam jar cover featuring a hand-stitched bee;
  • a personalised Stitch embroidered wall hanging* (delivered in 2020);
  • a certificate of your gift;
  • a SEED Madagascar postcard; and
  • an optional subscription to a regular newsletter to keep you informed on SEED’s work (you can opt out at any point).

*The Stitch Sainte Luce bracelets and Project Renitantely honey have been generously funded by an external donor so the Stitch Cooperative and Sainte Luce beekeepers will benefit from your generosity at no cost to SEED!