The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) recently extended a helping hand to Akany Avoko Faravohitra (AAF) in Madagascar. The donation consisted of 3 desktop computers, 3 monitors, 3 three laptops, marking a significant step in enhancing the center’s capabilities and empowering those it serves.
Akany Avoko Faravohitra, often abbreviated as AAF, is an institution that radiates hope and compassion in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Founded in 1963 by the Ministry of Justice, this center has been a sanctuary for destitute girls, offering them not only shelter but also a chance to rebuild their lives.
A Beacon for the Vulnerable
AAF plays a pivotal role in the lives of several marginalized groups:
- Destitute Children: Every year, over a thousand street children find solace at AAF. They receive essential support in the form of food, education, and medical care at centers funded by Money for Madagascar. Additionally, approximately 200 destitute children each year find a safe and nurturing environment at AAF, thanks to the generous contributions of organizations like ERA.
- Vulnerable Women and Girls: AAF believes in empowering women through vocational training and income-generating cooperatives. This support not only uplifts impoverished women but also provides them with a means to be self-reliant. AAF also extends its help to single mothers, troubled teenagers, and victims of domestic violence.
- Families Escaping Poverty: Recognizing the importance of breaking the cycle of poverty, AAF invests in vocational training and start-up grants for destitute families. This investment empowers ordinary individuals to start small businesses and create a path towards financial stability. These initiatives are not confined to urban areas but also extend to cyclone-hit regions, fostering community regeneration.
- Communities in Ecological Hotspots: AAF is more than just a shelter; it is a beacon for ecological preservation. They support a multitude of projects in over 100 villages, focusing on reforestation, food security, and environmental education. These projects not only safeguard precious habitats but also provide much-needed support to the surrounding communities. Wells, latrines, schools, and income-generating schemes funded by AAF help uplift these communities holistically.
If you would like to learn more about ERA’s mission and how you can contribute, please call 1-877-9WASTE or visit our website to book a pickup. Together, we can continue to make a positive difference and empower young minds through education and sustainable practices.