Mary’s Meals feeds 66,521 children every day in Madagascar!Published on
Life in Madagascar
Madagascar is currently ranked 164 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI). Over 70% of the population live below the income poverty line of $1.90 USD a day. Despite having a wealth of resources from a unique ecosystem, Madagascar is one of the poorest and most aid-dependent countries in the world.
Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean off the coast of southern Africa, where farming, fishing and forestry form the backbone of the economy. Despite being a vital element of the country’s economy, agriculture is primarily made up of small-scale subsistence farmers – seven in 10 smallholder farmers own no more than 1.2 hectares of land. The main exports of the country include coffee, tea and spices.
By area, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, with around 26 million inhabitants. Chronic malnutrition is considered as one of the major public health concerns. Madagascar’s geographical isolation also contributes to the high levels of poverty found in the country. As the world’s water levels continue to rise, Madagascar's location makes it very susceptible to cyclones and other climate driven disasters.
The main languages spoken in Madagascar are Malagasy and French.
Mary's Meals in Madagascar
Mary’s Meals has been serving school meals in Madagascar since 2019.
Mary’s Meals currently serves school meals to 66,521 children in 400 schools in Madagascar.
Four of our programmes in Madagascar operate in detention centres. The children we feed are enrolled in prison education programmes, and our nutritious meals give them both vital nourishment and the capacity to learn.
Children in detention centres face terrible conditions – some of them are as young as eight years old and many are still awaiting trial. Educators from Grandir Dignement work with the children from Monday to Saturday, teaching literacy, numeracy, and vocational skills. Normally, within the centres, there is no consistent provision of food, so our special feeding programme supports some of the country’s most vulnerable children.
- How many children do we feed in Madagascar?
Mary’s Meals currently serves school meals to 66,521 children in 400 schools in Madagascar
- What meal do we provide?
A typical school meal is rice with pinto beans/ lentils/ peanuts and greens. Children in detention centres receive rice with vegetables and meat or fish
- Where are we based/where do we operate?
North, central and south east regions of Madagascar
- What is the capital of Madagascar?
The capital city of Madagascar is Antananarivo
- What language(s) are spoken in Madagascar?
Malagasy is the main language of Madagascar with French also widely spoken
- What currency is used in Madagascar?
Malagasy Ariary (MGA)
- What is the population of Madagascar?
The population of Madagascar is 29,037,756