Madagascary, the Early Days

June 21, 2009 at 5:44 pm 1 comment

We arrived in Madagascar two days ago and we’re having a great time so far. Malagasy hospitality is quite impressive. We were greeted by Sam, a British missionary who’s lived in Ambhatoranana, with his wife Violette and several of the teachers from the Loava Soa school where we’ll be working. Sam and Violette have been amazing, helping us settle into our house. Several of the people in the village came over to work on our plumbing last night, volunteering their time after a long day for them to make us more comfortable.

So far, we have attended a reception at Loava Soa to meet the entire staff and see the grounds. We also went on a 5km trek to the local community center to celebrate the end of sewing classes that many of the villagers have been attending. Today, we attended the service at the Anglican church here and also watched a play put on by the Mother’s Union. We are looking forward to meeting all the Loava Soa schoolchildren tomorrow.

We’re just checking in to report our recent activities, which are mostly focused on getting used to Madagascar and meeting as many people as possible. Later this week, we’ll update with how our community outreach is going once we are more adjusted and have a chance to discuss our laptop initiative with community leaders.

-Mary

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  • 1. Susie Buckwald  |  June 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Mary,
    It is so good to hear what is going on, knowing that yo have arrived in Madagascar.
    It all sounds so fascinating. Thanks for the update.

    Susie Buckwald

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