Connections: Sharing Resources and Volunteers

The team painting the wall at the pre-school at St. Joseph.
Sep. 12, 2012 text by Chad Lebo, photos by Kasia Bialous

Akany Avoko's newest mission is Sharing. This sharing includes everything from hosting a nation-wide conference for childcare centers to donating extra clothes to other deserving programs. One important aspect of the Sharing mission is sharing resources and connections with other centers.

We were grateful to host 7 different international student volunteer groups this past July and August. We wanted to share this bounty of support and volunteer workers. The George Abbot School Team 3 from Outlook Expeditions stayed at our center but completed a service project at the nearby St. Joseph school where many Akany Avoko students attend secondary school.

The generous and hardworking Team 3 from George Abbot School.
The 14 students and teachers provided the funds and the effort to paint walls around the school compound. The work at St. Joseph school was organized by Kate Bialous,  an ex-volunteer from Akany Avoko who returned to Madagascar after starting her own Poland-based charity, Ankizy Gasy. The charity's main beneficiary is the St. Joseph school in Ambohidtratrimo where Kate also lives and operates a volunteer house.

The quite generous donations from the group were able support not only the work at St. Joseph, but also many projects at Akany Avoko. This partnership with George Abbot School, Akany Avoko, St. Joseph and Ankizy Gasy, was a fine success. Next year, we hope to continue this model of connecting student volunteer groups with other charities, schools and centers.

Scraping and preparing the wall for painting.
Meeting some of the children from the school.
Some of the more than 500 students of St. Joseph.
Listening to some music while cleaning up after painting.
The worst part of painting, cleaning rollers. 
Hard at work.
Many brushes and rollers were needed to complete the large project.

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Ankizy Gasy said...
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Ankizy Gasy said...

Thank you Akany Avoko for sharing a wonderful group of volunteers with us and thank you again a great Team 3 from George Abbot School for your great job in our school. Soon, in October there will be students coming back here. They will certainly remember you!

Amrit Singh said...

Great Work. Well Done.

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