2nd Week of Lent
PRAYER FASTING ALMSGIVING LEARN
BETTER MEALS IN MADAGASCAR
In Madagascar, half of all children are undernourished. That means 50% of kids won’t grow to reach their full potential. But communities are changing this by focusing on improving health and nutrition. What role has food played in your life? How can you help those who lack access to enough nutritious food. Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.
CRS IN MADAGASCAR
Renowned the world over for its biodiversity and generous and resilient people, Madagascar is nonetheless one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 50% of all households can be classified as food insecure, and 90% of the country’s population lives on less than $2 a day. GDP per capita is $420, and the country ranks 154 out of 187 in the 2015 Human Development Index.
Despite this, Madagascar is one of the most fertile countries and is ripe for strategic investment in the agriculture sector.
CRS Madagascar works in close partnership with local organizations with which we share a vision. Strengthening the capacity of these partners is fundamental to the programs in all regions where we work. We place special emphasis on working with the social agencies of the local Catholic Church because of our mutual commitment to promoting justice and integral human development.
CRS Madagascar has also formed several Cross Sector Engagement (CSE) partnerships with multinational and local corporations, international non-profits and universities.
Madagascar is also one of the ten countries most exposed to the effects of global warming.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MADAGASCAR
DID YOU KNOW:
That Madagascar’s name derived from an error in transcribing Marco Polo’s notes that referred to the island as “Mogadishu”, confusing it with the Somali port that still exists?
That it was formerly known as The Malagasy Republic?
That the two official languages are Malagasy and French?
That a traditional and popular sport in Madagascar is zebu cattle wrestling?