Disaster

CRMF regularly provides funding to help in disaster and crisis situations.

FIGHTING THE PLAGUE

Fighting the Plague in the Model Healthy Village of Antetezambaro, Madagascar, is a team effort for Caring Response Madagascar Foundation and our partner organization, ONG St. Gabriel.  Both forms of the Plague, bubonic and pneumonic plague, have fueled the epidemic in Madagascar infecting some eight hundred people and taking more than seventy lives, many of these in the Toamasina area where Antetezambaro is located.

CRMF funded an initiative to halt the spread of plague in Antetezambaro after seven residents of the village became infected with the disease and were hospitalized.

Model Healthy Village project director Mlle. Jeannette Nirina organized a campaign to reach all 350 households in the village. All families were educated on early warning signals of the disease and methods of prevention. Then the ONG St. Gabriel teams led the community in a five-day campaign that included extensive clean-up of public areas and private homes, garbage collection and disposal. Homes and communal areas were sprayed with insecticide to wipe out fleas that cause the disease and, because the fleas live on rats, the distribution of rat poison. Finally, because the pneumatic form of the plague is highly contagious, every member of every household has received gloves and masks.

This week ONG St. Gabriel will take the fight against the plague into the village schools. CRMF is so grateful for the efforts of our partners who put themselves at risk to protect the lives of the poor.

PAST INITIATIVES

Cyclone Giovanna (February, 2012) In February, 2012, the Tamatave region received a direct hit from Cyclone Giovanna. Thousands lost their homes, businesses, and local schools in the storm and flooding that followed. Many CRMF families lost the gardens that served as both food for their family and as a source of income. Disease then followed, with devastating results. Among those who lost their lives was an entrepreneur in the microlending program and mother of seven children. Thanks to an emergency grant, CRMF was able to assist ONG St. Gabriel in providing continuous access to clean water and sanitation.

Foulepoint Fire When a cooking fire lead to the destruction of 80% of this small town, CRMF provided immediate relief in terms of clothing and cookware.

Emergency Nutritional Support (2005) When local officials raised a concern about growing malnutrition amongst children, CRMF helped by stocking rural shops with vitamin enriched food packets. Mothers received instructions on preparation and a visit from a trained professional.

Cyclone Ivan (Spring 2008) With winds of 185 miles per hour, this storm resulted in loss of life, destruction of homes and excessive flooding. A national state of catastrophe was declared, as thousands of trees and crops were destroyed. Emergency grants provided aid to rebuild fishponds, rice paddies, schools, homes and purchase new seed.

Educational Funding (2004) CRMF provided funding to keep rural elementary schools open during country’s financial crisis.

Cyclone Kinsey (2002) With winds of 185 miles per hour, this storm resulted in loss of life, destruction of homes and excessive flooding. A national state of catastrophe was declared, as thousands of trees and crops were destroyed. Emergency grants provided aid to rebuild fishponds, rice paddies, schools, homes and purchase new seed.