HIV/AIDS is also rampant with five children being born every day in
Madagascar with the virus and 910,000 orphans live in the country, one out of every ten children.
Nearly 70% of Madagascar's population lives below the
poverty with poverty rising to 85% in rural areas, which
is home to 80% of the country's 20 million population.
As such volunteer work programs in Madagascar focus on working with orphans and
child headed families, education and developing a sustainable water supply
and safe latrines to replace communal ones (see above)
that lead to children and adults having prolonged
periods of sickness. Other
volunteer projects include conservation work to help kick start the tourist
industry that has been decimated since sanctions were imposed on the country following the 2009 coup. If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in Madagascar let us know by
contacting here. We look forward
to hearing from you!