Several projects in Madagascar have been undertaken and continued to progress through the generosity of churches and individuals in Union of Welsh Independents (UWI), which had partnered Money for Madagascar, a charity experienced in humanitarian projects islandwide. UWI’s successful fundraising campaign has benefitted four projects over three years – the Topaza children’s centre overseen by another CWM member Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), the Akany Avoko Faravohitra institute for young women, and the partnership with Ivato Theological College.
The Topaza children’s centre provides 100 orphaned street children with a home, education, and a family. Without government funding during this difficult time, UWI’s contribution has gone towards a farming project to improve the children’s nutrition and skills. It has also been used to improve facilities in the Akany Avoko Faravohitra institute for orphaned young women, and to purchase sewing materials, books and training resources to help them to become independent. The Ivato project has also begun, in partnership with another organisation to teach food-growing skills in schools. The fourth project involved providing the SAF pharmacy in Antanarivo, which has expertise in eye disease, with the means to procure equipment to treat cataracts and other diseases for many locals.