In May this year, I went to Madagascar to participate in a visit to UNICEF Madagascar and the Let Us Learn program. Zonta International has committed to support Let Us Learn Madagascar in partnership with UNICEF USA for the 2016-2018 biennium.
Though I have traveled to many countries, Madagascar was new and different; two clear standouts for me were that the nature is fantastic and diverse, and that you still can feel the influence from French colonial rule. But what struck me above all was the poverty; many families live on only US$2 a day or less. Violence is frequent and young girls are especially targeted. It is one of the most cyclone-prone countries in the world and there is a high vulnerability to climate change.
Click here to read more on unicefusa.org.
(Photo: ©UNICEF Madagascar/2017/AbelaRalaivita)