Betsileo Development was organized with the exclusive intent of improving the living conditions of those in need.
Our first objective is to assist the residents in the Ambalavao area of Madagascar by building a pump system and pipeline from the river to the village and a water treatment facility.
Water is currently carried by hand from the river - approximately 1/2 mile from the village. This makes agricultural production difficult, contributing to extreme poverty and undernourishment. Additionally, the water system currently provides drinking water for the villagers and the livestock. The water is untreated and poses a serious health risk.
I was an immigrant from Madagascar and become an American Citizen 3 years ago (2006). Madagascar is one of the poorest country in the world. When I saw how fortunate is to be an American I thought I need to do something to help those in need. There is no comparison between the definition of "poor American" and "poor" from any under developped country.
It took me almost 2 years to set up the organization which is one and half year old now.
I am so thankful for those who helped me: the board members and their families, friends and co-workers. We just started to do fundraising. We did bake sale and now we are selling sewing stuff, especially diaper bags but they could be just bags for women. We do this to provide drinkable water and irrigation in one village in Madagascar.