Madagaskar, Ambalafeno


Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean and one of the poorest countries in the world. Only 1 out of 3 children complete primary school. Approximately 42.5 percent of the population (26 million) is younger than 15 years old. Education quality is weak, producing high rates of grade repetition and school dropouts. In 2018, 66.840 children were not enrolled in school at all.

Ambalafeno, a small village west of Antsirabe, provides the only primary and secondary school for the entire region. Unfortunately, the school was badly damaged by a cyclone in 2018. One of the secondary school buildings could not be used anymore and, as a result, some children had to leave, as the other classrooms are highly overcrowded.

Before construction

After construction

Project Type

Construction of a school building with four classrooms, and renovation of the old school building

Construction Period:
March 2020 – Oct 2020


25.000 €








The school currently serves 30 pre-school children aged 3-5 years and 242 students ranging in age from 6-17. In total, 272 students attend school in Ambalafeno.

After the cyclone, about 50 students had to leave the school because of overcrowding. The people of the community already started rebuilding the destroyed school complex, but they were not able to finish because of a lack of resources. With the help of our implementing partner, Little Gems of Madagascar, and the generous donation of Acronis, the mission of constructing a new school building was finally realized.

The aim of building additional four classrooms to accommodate high school classes, which are currently not offered in this area is now achieved. Furthermore, the destroyed building is reconstructed.

Thanks to the renovation of the old school building and the construction of the new additional building, the complex can accommodate about 425 students, allowing room for growth.