Access to education and food for young Madagascans

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1,869month's school and canteen fees in Madagascar funded
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1.5 € = 1 month's school and canteen fees in Madagascar
Why we love it?

Marie-France and Bernard Cohen are entrepreneurs for whom philanthropy has always been a matter of course: after the success of the Bonpoint brand, they created the Merci concept store, the profits from which are donated to the eponymous endowment fund set up to finance and support solidarity projects on a regular, long-term basis. In 2013, they donated the entire proceeds from the sale of Merci to this fund, and since then they have continued the family adventure of solidarity.

Challenge

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The Merci Endowment Fund works with the Abc Domino association in the Tuléar region of southwest Madagascar. This region is ranked by the International Monetary Fund as the 4th poorest country in the world. In this particularly poor and isolated province, deserted by international organizations, 47% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition and access to school is a daily challenge for all children.

Solution

Since 2010, the Merci Endowment Fund has been involved in the construction of 6 elementary school, 2 middle schools and 1 high school, providing schooling for 3,500 children with its long-standing partner Abc Domino. The Merci Endowment Fund also supports the provisioning of 6 canteens, ensuring a daily meal for pupils, sometimes the only one of the day. In 2022, an IT school opened its doors to welcome the first baccalaureate graduates.


The money will be used for

With €15,000, the Merci Endowment Fund provides full school fees for 100 children for a year in Madagascar. It also provides each child with a daily meal. This sum includes school fees, teachers' salaries, building maintenance, canteen for one year, animation of vegetable gardens, sewing workshops and libraries, as well as taking charge of new works such as new classrooms. 

100% of donations received are used in full for the projects. Operating costs are covered by the administrators.
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