Archive for December, 2010

Arahaba tratry ny taona/ Happy new year 2011

gelukkige nuwejaar, bloavezh mat, честита нова година, sretna nova godina, šťastný nový rok, godt nytår, gelukkig nieuwjaar, onnellista uutta vuotta, gelukkig nieuwjaar, feliz aninovo, ein gutes neues Jahr, eutichismenos o kainourgios chronos, שנה טובה, boldog új évet, farsælt komandi ár, ath bhliain faoi mhaise, felice anno nuovo, laimīgu Jauno gadu, laimingų Naujųjų Metų, e gudd neit Joër, Среќна Нова Година, godt nyttår, szczęśliwego nowego roku, feliz ano novo, С Новым Годом, srećna nova godina, šťastný nový rok, srečno novo leto, feliz año nuevo, gott nytt år, es guets Nöis, yeni yiliniz kutlu olsun, Щасливого Нового Року, ene boune anéye, blwyddyn newydd dda, nyak’omtsha, unyaka omusha omuhle



Arahaba tratry ny Krismasy

May the miracle of Christmas fill our heart with warmth and love.

Merry Christmas

AINA on loisto ryhmä ihmisiä…


AINA on loisto ryhmä ihmisiä, jotka varmasti saavat lomasi onnistumaan. Pidä hauskaa!!

Madagascar is a great place because there is so many possibilities to make your vacation a success. There’s the beach-life, visiting villages and different kind of wildlife -you name it! Because the price range is not bad, you can take extra days in a place that you really enjoy. I would suggest that decide only with one thing that you really want to do in Madagascar and then enjoy it with all your heart and then let the AINA group suggest the following. They are really lovely and professional!

Take care,

Sanna O

Helsinki, Finland

Madagascar…simply unique

Madagascar is so different from all places in the world that I have been. It is wild, friendly and unique all at the same time. You can swin in a chilling mythic vulcano lake, watch the fantastic baobab, enjoy tranquile Ile saint Marie or busy Tana, fun in Mahajanga and walk throgh a ricefield in the mid-land of Madagascar. Everything from laying on a remote paradise beach all by yourself or get lost in the busy, busy capital. See the wildness of the dissapearing rainforrest, playful lemurs, cute chamelions, If you are very lucky like us you can see the an endangered fossa in their natural habitat.

There is no McDonals or other westernized chain brands – and it it a wonderful ting! The food is interesting from a scandinavian point of view; with rice, cassava, seafood, zebu, onions, chicken mixed with the French cuisine. Three Horses Beer and local rum is an adventure in its self. When you travel here, smile and remember to be respectful like Malagasy people.The animal life, the nature and the wonderful people – Madagascar is simply unique. ”

Elin A. Rotherud ( Norway )

Unforgettable Madagascar

when i think about Mada i smile.. me and my husband had travel in Mada for a month for our honey moon and we had soooo much fun there .. the landscape, the animals and especaliy the people in Mada are amazing..i have to say that when we landed in Mada at the first moment i was a bit afraid – we landed at night and everything seems scary .. but when we got on our trip and got to know the people there we got to the point that we left our equipment unattended at the airport in sainte marie… i had alot of fun at the parks there – to see the Lemurs jumping from tree to tree – the view at Isalo park was amazing and the guides were with alot of knowelege and patience to look for the animals .. i want to go back again!!!!!!

Rinat A. Gonen (Israel)

Malagasy oral tradition

Malagasy people are not able to live without their oral lore, usually transmitted by the elder man of the family, the community or the village. This practice is transferred from one generation to another. In that way, it could be true that learning, knowledge across generations only through speaking.

Here are some of oral tradition that really well known in Malagasy society and still practiced in our actual day wherever you are in that wonderful island.


It is a kind of speech by “mpikabary, the speaker or the orator”. It occurs during social family or important events such as Wedding, burial, funeral, condolence, famadihana( exhumation) or even political gatherings. It represents public communication addressed in loud voice to the audience using Malagasy proverbs, metaphors, Malagasy idioms, Be careful in a wedding ceremony, groom and breed should be represented by two Mpikabary in a kind kabary contest; So if the groom’s mpikabary doesn’t impress the other side by his kabary, word play, proverbs, normally the ceremony would be postponed and the groom get back home alone without his beloved one.


It could be defined as poems about love; love between man and women, the love of nature, parents and children, the appreciation of good versus evil,  wisdom and foolishness, poverty and wealth reproach and indifferences, mockery and humor, prayers and imprecations and  the acceptance of death as part of life. Here are some parts:

Don’t love me as one loves a door, It’s loved but constantly pushed

Like trees, there is time for their growing’s, a time for their becoming old, and time for their breaking and it is too  for  human beings, time for youth, time for old age, time for good, time for evil and time for death

Malagasy proverbs

It’s a part of life. All Malagasy love their proverbs; they can use them in their everyday life. Malagasy can select one of their thousands for the appropriate moment. Usually Malagasy tend not to say things directly; they use metaphors, or proverbs to express their feelings. Here are some cases: when they meet their beloved one, they usually say “Many are the trees; but sugar cane is the sweetest” or when they want to focus on one task at a time “Don’t take another mouthful until you have swallowed what is in your mouth”.  There are many that could be said, we couldn’t wrote them on our notes but “let’s time will explain it all…”


It is a kind of guessing question always started by “What is that…?” the answer should be spontaneous

Here are some and try to find the answer:

What is that, “A slim guy on the wall”? ……………..Broom

What is that “ a little lake belongs to God that you can’t swim”? ……………eye

What is that “Eat me first, then I will eat you”? …………………………………pepper

Those traditions survive through years and centuries and still used in Malagasy everyday life until now.


On one hand ideas reached our mind when we heard word « Madagascar », (DreamWorks, Sun, beaches, lemurs, Smiling people, poverty …) and on the other hand some may ignore where Madagascar is located. As an organization working on Madagascar, we would like to make brief introduction about this wonderful island.

It’s a great Island situated in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. It is the 4th largest island after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo, about 590 000 square km.

It was first sighted by Europeans (the Portuguese) in 1500, but apparently first inhabitant by Malaysian, Indonesian from Asia, afterwards Bantu migrants from East Africa and later Arabs. Those combinations make the infinite variety of the beauty of the Malagasy people in addition to smiles, courtesy and delight.

A tropical climate with rain falling in the hottest season, the wettest area in the east, the dry zone in the southwest , hot and humid in low-lying areas and fresh in the center part. Majority of plants and animals are only found in Madagascar. Even if the Christianity looks the dominant organized religion, the majorities of Malagasy people have their own unique form of ancestor worship and this influenced their lives.

Since 1980s, the economy suffered badly, Madagascar unfortunately is ranked as the poorest country of the world. With 75% of the population below the poverty and over 60% classified as extremely poor. 70 % of school-age population reaches the second primary year and only 35% finish primary school. The literacy rate is approximately 45%. Despite the politic turmoil and leader’s mismanagement, hopes of recovery are not fading away…

The Malagasy are well-known of their peaceful way of life called “moramora” and not usually worried about other people’s behavior or things that need to be done. Men, women and children all move freely and openly through the society and all make valuable and valued contributions defined by the word “Fihavanana”. If one day, you have an opportunity to travel to Madagascar, you will be bound to experience their kind and generous hospitality

Aina Madagascar