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Solidarity trips with AINA MADAGASCAR

Tourism Businness in Madagascar has already developed since ages. Indeed, Big firms in tourism industry left their footprints not always as good as expected such as overexploitation of natural resources, folklorization, loss of identity of local population, rising of the cost of living in high spot of tourism area, prostitution …
Tourism could not lead in that way, it should build relationships to local and worldwide population, empower people, exchange culture in equitable way; Local population should get benefits directly from tourists’ activities not only materially speaking but above all human level. Tourism should offer a better future to poor regions thanks to the human and expertise exchange. Those are what Tourism should be and what Aina Madagascar is all about.

AINA MADAGASCAR is committed to a substitute to mass Tourism. “Solidarity Tourism” could be defined as activities or organizations working on making low impact on the natural environment and local culture. Besides, it could help to generate equitable income and employments for locals and finally, make environmental integrity, social justice and economic development.

The trip with AINA MADAGASCAR is always divided in two parts :7

The first part of the stay, travelers will spend few days in an isolated village (Ankarefo or Beravina); they will share their everyday life, exchange their knowledge with locals, they may usually get involve in health giving hands in health care center in the village or reinforce kids’ education from the village by teaching them at the primary public school of the village

The second part of the stay will be on the road trip around Madagascar, discovering its scenery, its culture, its fauna and flora, the accommodation will be with the host families network all around the island ( Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Manakara, Sainte Marie…) or hotels with our escort tour guide,


Our volunteers

“Volunteers do not get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”

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2012 What a year!!!!

Before leaving this year, we would like to give thanks to all travelers and friends all around the world, Beravina and Ankarefo villagers, host families in Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Manakara, Sainte Marie this 2012 who have shared unforgettable moments with us


The Aina Madagascar team

Start of school year 2012-2013, Beravina Community school


Dearest Aina Madagascar friends


We have already been in the start of school year in our life as pupils, students, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers …We all remember those moments. Each first day of the school is an opportunity to bring change, and new optimism for the school year.

Beravina villagers, Children from Beravina, Aina Madagascar travelers and friends all around the world who take part in the project “Aina Madagascar Beravina community school” share that moment on Monday 17 September 2012.

Aina Madagascar will be extremely pleased through this report to inform you how the school year 2011-2012 was, the result and impact of the project to the Beravina children and our visions for this new school year 2012-2013.

Aims of community school of Beravina

We should remain that 2011, Beravina villagers, Aina Madagascar team, Aina Madagascar travelers, Aina Madagascar friends all around the world decided to work hands in hands to build not only a primary school infrastructure but also give a new hope and future to the poorest Malagasy children thanks to the Education.

The school that we build  is a non-governmental and secular school, free access for all poorest children from Beravina village located in an isolated area in the north of Antananarivo. Curriculum elements often focus on creativity, improving children self-esteem, fostering growth of individuality and enhancing social skills. Beravina community school is more flexible in its organization and administration, which allows for more variety in educational programs.

The year 2011, the school received 65 children from Beravina village.


The school year 2011-2012

The school year for Beravina students, teachers, villagers, has not been too much affected by two tough cyclones on February 2012. Aina Madagascar team, Aina Madagascar travelers, Aina Madagascar friends all around the world have had school supply drives to help replenish the schools  equipment. We all overcome this tough challenge as the word “Fihavanana” described (word encompassing the Malagasyconcept of kinship, friendship, goodwill between beings, belief that we are all one blood and that how we treat others will eventually be reflected back to us)

On the other hand Villagers from Beravina keep on encouraging their children to get to school, they trust in our new way of managing the community school in alternative way. They strongly believe that this will bring change to Beravina children destiny and improve their future.

Image  In that way, Aina Madagascar swears this high  level objective will be reached. And we will never deceive Beravina villagers, Beravina children, Aina Madagascar friends who share our vision. We have to notice that on 2011 we received 65 Children and many of them had never been in school before and diverse background. So the year 2011-2012 was made to make the kids at the same level, teach them how to write, read, and understand. Due to our expectation and to get high level, only 25% of them pass to the next grade, this is not a failure but to prepare them properly.

Beravina children must improve their reading comprehension, writing, grammar in Malagasy, French and English. Basic rules of Mathematics are almost good, social behavior, hygiene needs more attention.

Grades Students Failed Succeed
First Grade 25 14 11
Second Grade 16 14 02
Third Grade 10 07 03
Fourth Grade 14 14 00
Total 65 49 16


The school year 2012-2013Image

At first sight, it seems that 2011-2012 was a total failure with the cyclone and the result with 25% who succeed. We have to notice that that was our first year and most of the children have never attended school before .It is obvious then that result was normal for the first year of our community school.

We have set the level high and that what we need to reach improvement and growing. Despite of the sad events happened in Madagascar 2011-2012 (Cyclone, political turmoil …) Beravina children keep on going, stay motivated and never think of giving up studying.

We were, are and always will be dedicated to bring out the best to the Beravina children, the dark side of 2011 is over, this new school year 2012-2013 comes hope, optimism, excitement and the promise of growth and accomplishment.


Our teachers are reinforced with more training. We acquire new equipment from our friends around the world to Beravina children. Schedules become flexible, practice are increased. We willensure that all pupils successfully complete and understand every course with an aligned and articulated curriculum, we will eliminate gaps in student achievement, We will provide challenging learning experiences for every student every day thanks to effective instructional practices; strong instructional leadership and caring


The school year start anew, one thing that remains unchanged is our commitment Beravina Village, which keeps us focused on why we are here and what we’re all about: “Inspire, teach, and empower Beravina children for their future”.




Tel: +261 33 12 173 44 (Madagascar)


skype: aina.madagascar

Traveling Gypsy with Aina Madagascar

For being always supportive and understanding our projects, for sharing our dreams and vision; Please accept our heartfelt thanks & deep appreciation TRAVELING GYPSY

Wish you all the best to the next step of your trip. Veloma ( See you soon)

…And this too shall pass…

Dear Aina Madagascar’s friend

Our sincerest thanks for your calls, emails, financial & moral support through the tough times we had during the two cyclones in February 2012.

All of you have demonstrated your deep commitment to our project

Once again thank you, we really appreciate

The Aina Madagascar team

Aina Madagascar year review 2011