Global Builders – Madagascar
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Global Builders - Madagascar
A heartbreaking paradox of national wealth, Madagascar is one of only 17 designated “megadiverse” nations in the world, yet 75% of its population lives on less than $1.90/day. Despite an abundance of natural resources, over 77% of the urban population lives in slums (USA Today) and even in the capitol Antananarivo, informal settlements make up between 60 to 70 percent of dwellings. (CAHF) These are houses that have large holes in the roofs, decaying walls, dirt floors or overcrowding — and too often all of the above. With only 10% of the adult population having access to a bank account, most can’t get hands on the resources they need to improve their lot.
The Fuller Center is partnering with families in these circumstances in the town of Antsirabe, in central Madagascar, to provide the opportunities that they otherwise will never have. Families are required to begin saving prior to receiving their home to demonstrate their capacity and willingness to pay it forward. They then help to build the homes and pay the costs forward on a no-profit, no-interest loan over about five years.
The program has developed low-cost methods of building and repairing homes with families. A detached sanitation building with a latrine and bathing area is included with each new home.
There are several ways that you can get involved:
- Donate to support this specific partner. Houses cost money to build, so any donation is always helpful!
- Volunteer on one of our Global Builders teams, which you can learn more about below. You’ll travel to Madagascar and get to know the local people and traditions while you partner with families to complete a home.
- Join a virtual volunteer team, choosing to donate your travel costs instead of making the trip in person. This is the perfect way to stay involved and give back during the COVID-19 pandemic.
House Sponsorship Cost: $3,300
What is a trip like?
Each trip to Madagascar will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers – typically 8-20 total – who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required. Trips last 1-2 weeks and include enough time for sightseeing.
- 7:00 – Breakfast
- 7:40 – Daily briefing
- 8:20 – Leave for work site
- 8:30 – Start work
- 12:00 – Lunch
- 1:30 – Resume work
- 4:00 – Afternoon tea
- 5:30 – End of work day
- 7:30 – Dinner
-Mix mortar and concrete
-Assist with iron framework
-Construct walls with the masons
-Coat and paint houses
Teams will likely stay at the Hotel Antsirabe, a convenient 10 minute walk from the construction sites. Amenities include hot water, laundry services, and wifi. Bedding and towels are provided by the hotel.
Local public vans will be provided to transport your team to and from the work-site. Vans will be hired to drive teams from the airport to the bus station.
You can find a list of packing suggestions in the Madagascar handbook.
A basic suggestion though is to be aware of the weather during your trip. Conditions vary with the season and packing should adjust accordingly. We also recommend bringing small hand tools if you’re able.
Madagascar has a growing tourism industry and the affordability makes most activities accessible. The activities recommended by the country hosts are:
– A visit to Lake Tritriva
– Trying the thermal baths
– A bike ride to Lake Andraikiba
Cost varied per trip, but a standard 1 week trip will cost between $1,000 and $1,150.
Pricing – What’s included?
|Team Materials||Fuller Center hat, t-shirt, country guidebook, fundraising guide, & more|
|Trip Support||Easy contact with Team Leader and Global Builders staff|
|Food and Drink||3 meals a day provided by safe, sanitary local vendors|
|Transportation||To and from work sites and airport|
|Lodging||The Hotel Antsirabe, roughly 10 minutes from the worksite|
|Travel Insurance||Currently provided by Core Travel Insurance. Contact GB staff for details|
|Life-changing work||Alongside your teammates and the homeowners!|
What happens after the trip?
Even after you return, your trip can have a sustained impact on both you and the community in which you served!
Learn how on our Country Champions page.