SEED Madagascar

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Project Details

SEED Madagascar implements community health, education, sustainable livelihoods and environment projects in southeast Madagascar. Volunteers are invaluable to our work.

Who are we?

Formerly known as Azafady UK, SEED Madagascar (Sustainable Environment, Education & Development in Madagascar) is an award-winning British registered charity (number 1079121) founded in 2000.

What do we do?

We aim to enhance the capacity of individuals, communities, organisations and governmental bodies in fulfilling sustainable development and conservation goals in southeast Madagascar. This is achieved through a number of overlapping projects in the Anosy region focusing variously on wildlife conservation and environmental research, reforestation, beekeeping, nutrition, sanitation, sexual health, maternal health, school construction, school maintenance and English teaching.

Where do we work?

Madagascar is the Earth's fourth largest island, and due to being geographically isolated for 80 million years is now home to an astonishing variety of plant and animal species, the majority of which aren't found anywhere else on Earth. As well as all this biodiversity, it is also one of the world's most humanly impoverished countries. As of 2014, two thirds of the population still live in rural areas, and few have access to improved sanitation, education or secure food sources.

SEED operates in the Anosy region of south east Madagascar, based in the stunning coastal town of  Fort Dauphin whilst operating projects both there and  in many of the surrounding communities. SEED also maintains a permanent presence in the community of St Luce due to its proximity to several areas of threatened littoral forest. The region is quite safe provided that certain commonsense guidelines are adhered to. As an area afflicted by extreme poverty there is understandably a certain level of crime, but volunteers are closely supervised by our experienced team of Malagasy guides. A range of vaccines are strongly recommended to those travelling to the area as are anti-malarials - see a health professional for full advice.

Our vision

A resilient network of thriving communities, organisations and ecosystems across Madagascar.

Our goals

To support a range of organisations to respond flexibly and efficiently to the most critical needs of communities in the Anosy region

To enable a range of organisations to contribute to achievement of the government's objectives and targets in the fields of community health, education, sustainable livelihoods and environmental conservation.

Our volunteers

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, all ages and all nationalities! 

Whichever programme you choose you will be benefiting from SEED Madagascar's extensive experience in Madagascar with each scheme led by an award-winning team of project coordinators. No particular skills are required to volunteer short-term with us and training is given locally, but if you do have particular experience in areas relevant to your programme, all the better!

Volunteering with us could help you choose a new direction in life or develop a career path you may already be on. It might be both a personal highlight and a practical stepping stone in a gap year or, for anyone at any time, a great way to go abroad for much more than just a holiday.

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NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Sarah King
Sarah King
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

SEED Madagascar has been working in the Anosy region of South-East Madagascar for over 15 years. Our projects include school building, natural resource management, well provision, conservation, healthcare, sanitation and sustainable livelihoods development. We believe that by co-ordinating projects across all these areas at once we can make a greater impact overall.

SEED has benefited an estimated 125,000 over the last fifteen years; building a healthier, more educated and skilled region whose socioeconomic progress complements rather than harms the uniquely rich natural environment. Key achievements include the construction of 1,145 latrines, providing improved sanitation to more than 40,000 people, and the provision of 112 wells to rural communities, enabling 22,000 people to access clean water. SEED has also constructed 23 schools with water and sanitation facilities installed on site. Over 30,000 people have received skills inputs and training to improve livelihoods in rural and urban communities.

SEED retains responsibility and accountability for financial management for all SEED-funded operations. With 92% of income spent in direct pursuit of SEED’s charitable aims, administration costs are minimal.

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