SEED Madagascar, a small UK based charity, are one of the nation’s most important contributors to the island and have been helping its people and its wildlife for nearly 20 years. However, as 92% of the population live below the poverty line of $2 a day, there is always a need for more people to join in and help.
SEED have been building schools, which are part of an ongoing project that wants to increase education possibilities in the country, wells, and toilet facilities, which help deal with hygiene and disease. Four in ten children in rural areas die before the age of five from diseases that could have been easily prevented, such as diarrhoea.
The charity needs more volunteers to help with these projects and hopes that the construction industry could lend a hand. Volunteers can choose between a two and a three week placement where they will work on a variety of community construction projects. The team is composed of Malagasy guides and an international group coordinator and volunteers can get involved in activities such as digging foundations, bricklaying, building classroom furniture, excavating a well, or anything they might find interesting or are good at.
“Having worked with SEED Madagascar on a number of water, sanitation and building projects, I have first-hand experience of how much difference those with building skills can make in the country. I swapped knowledge with local tradesmen who taught me about their building materials and methods. It was a fascinating and supremely rewarding experience. Whether you can spare a couple of weeks, fund someone’s trip or simply make a donation, this is an incredible cause to get behind,” said Ross Chamberlain, Director of Blueprint Construction & Development Ltd.
If you work in the construction industry and would like to be part of SEED Madagascar by either becoming a volunteer or making a donation, contact the charity on 020 8960 6629 or by email on email@example.com. This can be your opportunity to help and give back, while experiencing the landscapes of Madagascar with stunning beaches, coral reefs, and jungles.