Update from Ambalona

Alpine Initiatives co-founder Lisa Lee Benjamin recently made the trip over to Madagascar to check up on AI's projects in the community of Ambalona and identify opportunities for future collaborations with partner Hope For Madagascar (HFM).

Lisa's findings thrilled everyone at AI and established solid direction for AI's future work with HFM in Madagascar. Check out these photos from her trip, followed by a summary of her findings.

Hope For Madagascar's Executive Director Fanja Rakotonirina

AI's Lisa Lee Benjamin surrounded by the children of Ambalona

Fanja meeting with HFM Coordinators and Technicians in the school garden

The HFM team in Ambalona

The school garden lays fallow after a recomposting two weeks before

Villagers show off cumcumbers harvested from a permagarden

HFM Technichian and Botanist, Fidi, sharing some knowlede about local plants

The HFM team and some locals showing off a bread fruit and banana harvest

Happy Malagasy kids

Here is a portion of the report Lisa shared upon her return;

"Overall the project in Ambalona is on target and on schedule in terms of the deliverables associated with permagardens, the school gardens, the school lunch program and the school kitchen stoves. There are noticeable community improvements throughout the village. Much of this is due the hard work of AI's Programs Director, Emmanuelle Vital, and HFM's team of coordinators and technicians on the ground in the village. The support and respect HFM has found amongst the community is visible and is having a great impact in the village."