The Major CSR project for RanTek in 2019 will be to work with SEED Madagascar to build three fully furnished classrooms for a Primary School in a rural community in the southeast of Madagascar. In order for the classrooms and facilities to be available for all of the local children, the school required funding for the construction of three new classrooms, the making of 70 bench-desks and 3 teachers’ desks and provision of blackboards and sanitary facilities. The project will begin in Spring and will be in action for 5 months, at the end of which education infrastructure for 210 children will be available. Furthermore, beyond providing these facilities for education, the project involves the local community ensuring up to 80 local people gain an income and experience for working on future projects.
Education is one of the main keys to reducing poverty in Madagascar. Only 3 out of 10 students complete primary school and this significantly reduces the ability to establish financial stability later in life. Educational infrastructure is no longer a priority for the Malagasy Government since some major political changes in the country, this means that there are simply not enough classrooms, not enough teachers, and not enough money to provide simple facilities like benches or toilets which have a direct effect on health of the children who can make it to school. Therefore, SEED Madagascar work with the communities in the south-eastern region to identify where and which schools can provide the widest impact. The school that RanTek will support this year, Andramanaka Primary School, is in a remote area of the Anosy region where many children travel a long way to attend just a half day of school. The current school building lacks enough space, is in a state of disrepair and has no adequate hygiene facilities for children or teachers. With the support of RanTek, SEED will transition the school into a fully functioning facility for education and hygiene.
SEED Madagascar (Sustainable Environment, Education & Development in Madagascar) is an award-winning British registered charity founded in 2000. At the time the charity was started Madagascar was experiencing even more severe poverty that it does currently and the charity’s Founder, Brett, who was taking a personal holiday at the time, decided that he wanted to do something about it. Since then, SEED Madagascar has dedicated its work to help the poorest communities in south east Madagascar, tackling extreme poverty and preserving one of the planet’s most unique and endangered environments. Through this, SEED works towards health, well-being and sustainable livelihoods for the Malagasy people and implements effective management of natural resources and conservation programs.
The goal of SEED is to raise global awareness of Madagascar’s unique needs and build constructive partnerships to aid development. As a nation that is at a high risk of experiencing climate change impacts whilst being one of the most critical natural resources on Earth, SEED hope to encourage individuals and organizations worldwide to join their efforts in the sustainable development of Madagascar.
With a very conservative office housing just four staff in London, UK and an office of around 80 staff in Fort Dauphin in Madagascar (where the majority of employees are Malagasy) SEED Madagascar are able to keep administrative costs at a minimum, allowing 92% of donations to go straight into projects. This organizational structure also embeds the organization into the region in which they are operating and allows them to build partnerships with crucial stakeholders like the local councils, Governments and other charitable organizations, without whom long-term change would be impossible.