Eighty percent (80%) of Madagascar’s population live in rural areas, where most people live on a subsistence level with one or two cash crops a year. Because of the difficulties of rural life, thousand of people are moving into urban areas.
Most of these migrants lack the educational or technical skills for employment in the urban area, and they may face higher levels of poverty. In fact, many feel forced into lives of crime, prostitution, and child trafficking. Those who remain in rural Madagascar desperately need educational and economic opportunities in light of agricultural and environmental challenges, as well as needing basic food, clothing, and healthcare.
Urban schools’ problems in Madagascar stem from the student overload and variable readiness of students and families pouring in from rural areas.
In response to these facts, 80% of PFM’s projects and budget are committed to development of Madagascar’s rural communities (20% to the urban context).
- Urban migration by rural peoples
- Teenage prostitution
- Urban poverty and crime
- Family violence
- Deepening of the cycle of poverty
- Development of rural schools
- Preservation of Malagasy culture and heritage
- AIDS awareness and education
- Family planning training
- Preservation of the environment
Primary School in Amboditanana, Fianarantsoa
Students have returned to this school since PFM started its hot lunch program. These meals free the parents to attend to their farming duties, and they guard against child-labor. $250 per month, or $3,000 per year, provides this entire elementary school with hot lunches.