Madagascar


 

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and one of the poorest countries.

According to the World Bank an estimated 70% of Malagasy people live on less than $1 per day. There is significant malnutrition, with UN statistics indicating that more than 40% of children under five are moderately or severely underweight.

The island is heavily exposed to tropical cyclones which bring torrential rains and destructive floods.

Poor roads and weak infrastructure, coupled with poverty leave many communities isolated.

The need for MAF is great; a short flight saves days, even weeks of travel by land.

With approximately 19,000 villages in Madagascar and only 92 served by airstrips, there is a challenge to reach many more places and take God’s love and care to those living in isolation.

Vast areas of the country remain difficult or impossible to access but our team is widening the radius of operation to reach more people by establishing new airstrips.

MAF’s work in Madagascar began in 1988. The arrival was timely, with flights beginning at a critical time for the development of the country.

A very small number of groups were working in Madagascar prior to 1985 but since we began flight operations, several other organisations have entered the country.

There is now an expanding ministry both through the existing churches and amongst those who previously have not been served.

Flights today support mission and church organisations in projects including emergency medical flights, primary healthcare, agriculture and forest conservation, education, church-based activities and natural disaster relief following annual cyclones.

We also fly for several NGOs and various government departments supporting development work.

In addition to our flight operation, we also run a logistics service and car maintenance programme.

Example of organisations served by MAF:

·                  ADRA

·                  Assemblies of God

·                  Christian Blind Mission (CBM)

·                  Gideons International

·                  HVM (Good News Hospital, Mandritsara)

·                  Malagasy Lutheran Church (FLM)

·                  Medair

·                  Norwegian Missionary Society (NMS)

·                  UNICEF

·                  Wycliffe Bible Translators

 

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    (13 May 2014)

    Pilot Josh Plett describes how a potential tragedy was averted by MAF in Madagascar

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    'MAF has given us wings' - Bible translator

    (17 Apr 2014)

    Wycliffe Bible Translators have ten teams based in far-flung locations around Madagascar. A large island with limited infrastructure, MAF has been a vital partner in enabling this work to move forward. Wycliffe's Dr. Leoni Bouwer tells us why...

  • MAF Madagascar Pilot Josh Plett
    Wounded elderly woman saved in Madagascar

    (28 Mar 2014)

    MAF Madagascar’s reputation as a supplier of medical aid makes all the difference to an elderly lady wounded in a cattle raid

  • Carrying out Yvette from the MAF plane
    Faster than the crow flies

    (18 Feb 2014)

    An MAF medevac in Madagascar swiftly covers 200 miles over mountainous terrain.

  • Campus for Christ recording team with their gear getting ready to head back to the capital Antananarivo.
    Jesus speaks Antisaka

    (25 Jan 2014)

    MAF Madagascar Pilot Josh Plett reports on the partnership with Campus Crusade for Christ that is making the Jesus film ever-more accessible.

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