“Poverty is a vicious cycle which we can only fight together”
I was born in Madagascar; a beautiful country rules by poverty. I grew up in this poverty but was lucky to be given the chance for a better life. Now I want to help others have the same chance in my home country.
Jessica Zimmermann - From my point of view and my experiences:
Through my mum and our annual family visits in Madagascar I have met many malgache people and who gave me an insight into their day to day life. At a young age I realized that life is not as easy for everyone as at my home in Europe. I also discovered though that despite the poverty the Malgache have a strong will power and do not give up hope for a better life. To support these people my family and I started helping people some years ago. We contacted the orphanage in Fort Dauphin to find out where help was needed. From then onwards we started supplying the children living there food and medical care. Through this work we met the local nuns who gave us more ideas and projects where help was needed. This is how throughout the past years, more and more projects have developed.
In Antananarivo everything started approx. 4 years ago. My mum and my husband were in the capital for a couple of days. They read an notice in the local newspaper from the public hospital Befelatanana. Mrs. Telina (the responsible social assistant) was asking for help for a 2 month old bay named Tony. He had been admitted to hospital with a “waterhead” the size of a football. His eyes were threatening to fall out, he was undernourished, with no parents alone in this big hospital. His head needed to be operated as soon as possible or else he would die. So my mum and my husband went to hospital to find out more. They were told that people had tried to flush Tony in the toilet and threw him onto the trash after, which is where he was found. Besides the fact that no one in hospital could afford to pay the approx. Euro 200,00 for his operation, they were also lacking basic equipment (needle, thread, etc.). A fast reaction was vital. They went out to buy the necessary material and paid the costs for the operation. Alll went well and through Tony’s strong will of survival he recovered relatively fast. Later he was adopted by a local family. Telina regularly receives updates on him which she passes on to us. Following all this, Telina explained the problems about orphaned babies being found and young mothers, who unfortunately could only receive limited help. Together we decided that we had to help.
Due to the fact that over the years more and more projects have come up, also partly due to the worldwide crisis, we founded out NGO “La Vision” to reach more people. With the help and support of our family and friends we have already found many donors to help the poor in Madagascar. Without your help all this would not be possible. We thank you from all our heart and hope you will also support us the future.