Children are the future of the world
In one of the poorest countries in the world, education and healthcare for children are of utmost importance in order to achieve a better future.
From 1995, the Fihavanana Association, founded by Cinzia Catalfamo Akbaraly, takes care of orphaned or impoverished children in Madagascar, from their birth all the way to university, when they can provide for themselves.
Over the years, more than 3,000 children have benefited from the activities of the Fihavanana Association, such as:
Long distance adoptions, which cover school fees, healthcare, nutrition and a savings account
Financial support for orphanages and catholic missions
Financial support for impoverished families
Financial support for schools for disabled children
Payment of school canteen fees
Support for centers dedicated to mothers and children
Building water fountains in rural areas
Creative activities and games
The Fihavanana Association also works with the following structures:
(orphanage in Antananarivo)
Through long distance adoptions, the Fihavanana Association supports 6 children who live in the orphanage.
(community center in Antananarivo)
School and canteen fees for 11 children from indigent families.
“Maison de Famille” and “Centre Mère Enfant”
(maternal and child healthcare center and orphanage in Antananarivo)
Rent expenses payed for by the Fihavanana Association.
IME – Medical and Education Institute for the Disabled
Monthly canteen fees for 17 children and 7 disabled members of the personnel.
Étoile du Matin
Orphanage with 18 children supported by the Association.
ECAR Region FCSCI
Community center that takes care of 40 impoverished children, the Fihavanana Association ensures that they can attend school and pays for the school fees.
Education center for children and professional training center for young people from indigent families; the Fihavanana Association pays for the canteen fees for 35 children. (See photo gallery)
Orphanage for disabled children, the Association sustains the daily expenses for 5 children.
As I am single mother, I have brought up my 4 children by myself, ever since they were young and still up to this day. Our life has gotten a lot better since the Fihavanana Association started to take care of us: I would like to remark especially that it is only thanks to the Association if my children have escaped death after suffering from serious illnesses.
Since we live in the countryside, about 40 km North of the capital, I have no choice but to work as a farmer to support my family. Our entire family has cast us out because we are poor: we were thrown out and even hit, because they thought that we would ask for money every time that we visited them. Nevertheless, even if we have no relationship with our family, I’ve never lost the strength to face the challenges that I have to overcome, because I am only worried about the future of my children.
Met Mrs. Cinzia, the President of this Association, in 2014. At the time, my daughter was severely ill in the hospital: again, I have to tell you that the Association saved my children’s lives.
Since then, our situation has definitely improved: the Association has brought a lot of change to our lives, my children had the opportunity to go to school and they managed to escape from becoming street children. Now they have the same opportunities as every other child! Actually, they are currently among the top students in their classes. Hobitiana and Lalao are the second year of secondary school, while Hajatiana is in sixth grade. I’m so happy to see them grow up and be healthy and happy. They all have individual goals and ambitions, and they are working hard to achieve them.
I want to thank Mrs. Cinzia and the whole Fihavanana Association from the bottom of my heart: you have brought a ray of sunshine to our lives, you’ve helped us and you’re the reason why we can wake up every morning and have hope for a better life. I never would have had the means to pay for the school fees or the medical bills for my children, if it hadn’t been for you. THANK YOU, once again, for your BIG HEART, THANK YOU for caring about us.
My name is Hobitiana, I’m a 16 year old boy and I’m in the second year of secondary school.
Since in our village there is no high school, my sister Harilalao and I are forced to leave our home. My mother rents a small place very close to our school for us, because otherwise we would have to walk for three hours each way in order to get to school.
Since she started renting this little house for us, our life completely changed: we have to organise our time between our studies, cooking our meals, cleaning our home…But as time went by that has made us more responsible, we know that we have to overcome obstacles in order to reach our goals. Thanks to the Fihavanana Association, we have the strength to work hard in school – we know we are very lucky because we know many children who don’t have this opportunity because they parents cannot afford it; for many it is enough to simply know how to read, sign their name and know the numbers.
We are very lucky that the Fihavanana Association helps us, so we have to do our best to not disappoint our benefactors, we have to show them how grateful we are for all that they do.
I want to thank Mrs. Cinzia especially for her help: thanks to you, I had everything I needed to continue with my studies, thank you for my schooLll materials and my fees, I have never missed a day of classes and I dream of becoming a doctor and helping the poor just like you do.
I am the oldest daughter in the family, I’m in the same class as my brother Hobitiana : we both attend the second year of secondary school. I don’t have much to say except THANK YOU Mrs. Cinzia and FIHAVANANA for your help, we never would’ve gotten so far without it.
I’m going to work as hard as I can to become a doctor: once I have achieved my goal, I will also help impoverished children so that they can all go to school and live a better life.
I’m Hajatiana, I’m 12 years old and I’m in sixth grade. I am lucky that I can stay with my mom because my school is close to our village, I always do my homework with her.
Thanks to the Fihavanana Association, I can study and learn: I am very grateful for every opportunity that you’ve given me, I have everything I need.
Thank you to the FIHAVANANA Association
My name is Sarindra Ravaoarisona Hasiniaina, I’m 22 years old and I have a brother who is 19. My parents divorced when I was only 3 years old. Since then, my mother raised us on her own, but even though she works very hard, she does not make enough money to provide for us.
This is why we are among the disadvantaged families supported by the Center for Social Work (CTS) directed by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Aosta in Antananarivo. This Center has been working with the FIHAVANANA ASSOCIATION for years and it is only thanks to them that I had the opportunity to go to school. My school expenses, in fact, have been paid fully by the Association, from kindergarten to the end of high school, thanks to its collaboration with the CTS.
Ever since the very beginning, in addition to paying for my school, the Fihavanana Association made a very important investment for my future and my family: they opened a savings account in my name at a savings bank in Madagascar, where they deposited a sum of money every month. The account was blocked until I became an adult, that is, when I turned 18, and when I became of age all the savings where entrusted to me.
When I was told how much money the Fihavanana Association had put aside for me, I was really moved, I could not believe that I had a savings account and that the money was really mine, it was simply unimaginable! This gift that I’ve been given by the Fihavanana Association is the best present I’ve ever gotten, I will never forget it, it’s so important and full of meaning for me and for my entire family.
As I said, when I turned 18 I became of age, that means it was time for me to be a responsible adult. It was time to use my savings to continue with my studies. I got my high school diploma, so I decided to go on to University and took some time to think about what I wanted to do; finally, I realized I wanted to be a Midwife! Then, I went to see the Manager of the Fihavanana Association and I talked to her about my situation and about the school fees that I would need to pay over the following 3 years.
While I waited for the school year to begin, the Manager suggested that I should take an embroidery class for a few months, because that’s a skill that I could always use in life: I can work as an embroiderer during the holidays and, with the money I make, I can buy everything I need for my classes.
Thanks to the support of the Fihavanana Association, I could then enroll in a Medical Sciences course, and I am studying to be a Midwife. Currently I am in my second year, and I am already taking part in various internships in a few different Health Centers where I can assist during the birth of many children.
Now, I would really like to express my gratitude to Cinzia Catalfamo Akbaraly, for having created this Fihavanana Association: without it, us unlucky children would have never gotten the chance to achieve our goals, go to school, in short, to be like every other child in the world.
Finally, I would like to say THANKS to all of you for what you have done, thanks for giving me the chance to be part of this big Fihavanana family. I still have a year to go before I finish my studies, but I can already see that I will have the opportunity to make my dreams come true and become a Midwife.
Thanks to you, we can all build a better future for our family, for our professional life and for the growth and development of our entire country.