Fotadrevo, Madagascar


In the southwest of Madagascar, the Atsimo-Andrefana region increasingly suffers from drought and is one of the poorest regions in the country. The Fotadrevo School is the only secondary school which exists within a 50km radius and children are provided with lunch food thanks to the World Food Program. The 800 students currently eat their lunch on the ground of the sports field.
To improve the hygiene and wellbeing of the children, a French medical student association from the Sorbonne University (Sol6) has decided to support the association running this school (AHSMC) and raise funds to build a school canteen. The foundations have already been cast and the project supported by The Comgest Foundation will focus on the walls and finishing work.
In addition, the Sol6 volunteers will provide hygiene training and other health prevention activities to the play centers.


• Construction of the school canteen
• Number of meals served
• Number of training sessions/attendees
• Better hygiene and living conditions for the children


Association Humanitaire Soeur Marie Colette (AHSMC) in
collaboration with Sol6 Association


EJPR (Institut Enfant Jésus Providence de Rouen), Tuléar,
Madagascar (


Project selected in September 2019
Multi-year project: 2 years


The Comgest Foundation


Gabriella Berglund

The situation has been particularly difficult since the end of 2020. The region has experienced severe drought which has been more acute than usual and a terrible lack of food which has led to a horrible famine (called kéré in local dialect) affecting 1.5 million people. An exceptional food delivery was made to 42 children from Fotadrevo who were particularly hardly hit. Moreover, there is now a third Covid wave in Madagascar which is being driven by the South African variant. All schools have been closed since February and no date for reopening has been announced. This situation had a huge impact on the work of the project. Thanks to Comgest’s donation at the end of September 2020, all materials necessary for the last construction phase were bought in Tulear and transported to Fotadrevo. Transportation alone took a full 3 days.
The construction team was already working on another site until the end of December 2020. Work on Fotadrevo’s project restarted at the beginning of January but unfortunately had to stop a short while afterwards as the workers wanted to avoid Covid. You can see from the pictures which have been shared with us that there remains some work to be done to the roof, stairs and pavement, and to finish the windows and painting. We still do not know exactly when they can restart work