It’s warm and sunny in Antananarivo today. The blue sky and the sounds of birds tells me that the hot and rainy season is gone and we are now in the cool and dry season.
I have been nervous and excited last few days. vakanala.org , one of the projects that I am involved in is part of an e-bay fundraising tournament for the Environment this year. The first online fundraising tournament to support an environmental cause … and we can’t stand still.
In the next three months, our young organization will seat dozens of organizations, including X Prize Foundation , Light Up Malawi, Water.org and the Acume Fund.
Vakan’Ala means “pearl of the forest” in Malagasy language. It’s a non-profit initiative, in collaboration with and serving rural communities bordering the forests of Manambolo in the south part of Madagascar.
The idea is to implement a new economic paradigm in rural areas, based on the conservation of primary forests and forest landscape restoration, taking into account sustainable development practices. In opposition to the conservation mechanisms currently set up that separate human activities and nature conservation, which are thus, unsustainable, our approach consists on putting into practice an integrated project of these two issues.
Madagascar is environmentally degraded and economically devastated. When we have 80 percent of the population dependent on agriculture and the rural areas can't provide enough food for them, that’s a serious problem for the conservation.
How can you help?
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We invite you to Friend and Follow us, repost/retweet any of the announcements we make in the coming weeks on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We have plenty in store as entertainment during the tournament.
"Smile#2" flickr Photo courtesy by konaboy