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Madagascar Cooperative Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Education, Health, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Public Health, Secondary & High Schools, Vocational & Technical Schools

Target demographics: Impoverished Families Vulnerable to Trafficking

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 Families

Geographic areas served: Madagascar

Programs: Square foot gardening and nutrition classes, Business classes and micro-loans, Secondary Education and Vocational Training.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last summer I went on a humanitarian trip to Madagascar and worked hand in hand with the Madagascar Cooperative Foundation. The organization is absolutely incredible! With their help, we were able to complete projects such as building a classroom, constructing square foot gardens, and teaching business and medical lessons! Their staff was amazing. They were knowledgeable and competent and I made personal connections with each of them. They not only helped us serve, they taught us to love the people and the culture of Madagascar as well.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the MCF programs and how they coordinate to eliminate poverty by tackling causes and not just treating symptoms! Also love that I can support some very talented artists by purchasing hand-made crafts via the website!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just spent a month in Madagascar with Madagascar Cooperative Foundation working side by side with the employees as they taught business classes and managed microloans. This organization is doing a lot of good. I met a lot of Malagasy people who, with MCF's help, have launched their ozn businesses to become independent and improve their own lives. MCF has a really impressive team of employees who are talented and committed. I think both the vision and the strategy of MCF for helping the poor to achieve self-reliance are excellent. Working with them has been a fantastic experience for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been almost a year since I went on a humanitarian trip to Madagascar. We worked alongside the the staff from this foundation, and I wouldn't have wanted to work with anyone else. Not only did I make great connections with the staff, but they helped me make great connections with the people in the village where we were working. We built a classroom, square foot gardens, and taught several lessons. It was an experience that I will never forget. If I ever chose to volunteer in Madagascar again, I would hope it would be with this foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What I like about this organization is that I know exactly where my money is going and how it helps people. Their monthly newsletters and weekly facebook posts help me feel like I am making a difference. I love the stories they share! I feel like this organization is very empowering- instead of just giving out handouts, the focus is on teaching skill that will help people help themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group of people who are doing so much good. I am a monthly donor and am always kept informed of the projects that are being accomplished with my donations. I am very impressed with all of the work that this foundation does for the people of Madagascar. They are very focused on helping the people become self sufficent and providing a long term solution to the problems that the people of Madagascar face.

1 Kylee B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last Summer I was lucky enough to travel to Madagascar and help the people in need. We were able to accomplish many wonderful things such as working on building a school, planting gardens so they could have proper nourishment, teaching countless lessons from sewing to how to start a business. Unfortunately we weren't able to help everyone that needed it. Meeting all of the beautiful families, seeing their living conditions and hearing their stories opened my eyes and heart and made me so incredibly grateful for all the things we are lucky enough to have!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly donor and never have to wonder whether my money goes to the people of Madagascar. The monthly updates of how the people are being helped, is inspiring . I love that MCF empowers people to help themselves, whether its gardening and growing food for themselves and teaching their children to some day do the same or giving business classes and loans so the people can help support themselves and allow their skills to help them do so. I have seen first hand the dedication and passion of those who are behind MCF and their commitment to continuing to better and empower the people of Madagascar.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started contributing to this nonprofit shortly after it was formed. I traveled to Madagascar to investigate things on the ground. I was so impressed by the way the staff had personal relationships with the students who were attending the square foot gardening classes. I was so touched by the efficiency as to how they were going about training individuals and families. Not only were they improving their diet, they were improving their skills and their self worth. I got to see first hand that MCF was not feeding a man a fish for a day; but they were teaching a man to fish for a lifetime! Not only were they learning how to grow their own food, they were learning the importance of eating a variety of foods of the rainbow. This will enable them to obtain the many various nutrients from different foods. Now that MCF is expanding their focus to include education to the children and help prevent child slavery and sex trafficking, they will stay at the top of my list of charitable organizations to donate to. I like that my money can do so much more and reach far more individuals because of the way MCF manages their funds. I know the entire staff's hearts are fully engaged with and for the Malagasy people. I have traveled extensively, no where have I experienced such extreme poverty. Madagascar is worlds away and far from even being considered a third world country. No words can explain the sacrifice MCF's staff makes to be certain that Madagascar is far better off then it was before MCF got involved on the ground. The staff is incredibly focused. Each day they improve the lives of many. I will travel to Madagascar again the summer of 2017 to help construct a secondary school for a village of children that would be unable to learn beyond a third grade education. Knowing that without the necessary education; they will be subjected to slavery and sex trafficking as a means to an end. They need this education so that they need can lift up their lives from poverty and to better prepare the next generation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for MCF from the beginning and know its employees and board work incredibly hard to help Malagasy families escape poverty. The 10-step approach MCF takes to completely eliminate poverty within a family, as well as its focus on cooperative work, represents an effective method to tackle the roots of poverty in a cost-saving way. As MCF's administrative staff is all volunteer, 100% of donations go to funding its poverty-fighting programs. I have worked with and seen firsthand the families that MCF's classes benefit and the enthusiasm they share for the skills they learn. If anyone is looking to fight poverty and make a difference in the world, especially in Madagascar, MCF is well-deserving of your donation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last summer I had the opportunity to work with the Madagascar Cooperative Foundation. Working with MCF was a wonderful experience, each of the staff members are great individuals who love the people and culture of Madagascar. It was great being able to work with them as they helped me learn and understand more about the people I was serving. The members of MCF were incredibly knowledgeable and hardworking. Working with MCF was a great experience as we helped the people of Madagascar by teaching health, business, vocational and other lessons along with building a school house. I was able to witness firsthand how these projects have helped better the lives of the Malagasy people as they are learning new skills and building off of what we were able to teach them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed this great organization and cause since it's early beginnings. So excited to see the positive change they bring about to help the poorest of the poor begin to lift themselves out of poverty. So excited to join their founder this summer on a trip to Madagascar to help build a secondary school! Thanks for all you do.

1 Sage O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amount of people I worked with were all so incredible. They were so willing to make me feel welcomed and liked.I had a place that was safe to help others out. This nonprofit for Madagascar is truly amazing. I would highly recommend helping them out and joining them in anyway possible.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never seen a nonprofit more dedicated to addressing all areas of poverty to truly and the poverty cycle. What an amazing organization and I look forward to seeing all their accomplishments in the future!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Madagascar Cooperative through the work of my friend and former student, Michael O'Day. Any nonprofit that brings quality educational opportunities to a part of the world were they are greatly needed,will get my financial support. I have been impressed with the work done by this cooperative and will continue to support them with my dollars when I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the summer of 2016, I got the opportunity to travel to Madagascar and volunteer with MCF, and experienced first hand the great programs they have in place. In my time with MCF, we constructed a school building (Among other projects) to combat the overcrowded school systems and proactively work to end trafficking by giving children the opportunity to stay in school longer. MCF focuses a lot on education, and I was able to see how a micro loan and business lessons changed a woman's life and the opportunities available to her children as a result. MCF also works hard to ensure it's programs' successes by collaborating with and hiring locals in Madagascar to have a full understanding of the challenges in Madagascar from the Malagasy point of view. MCF doesn't work FOR the Malagasy people, it works WITH the Malagasy people, which increases the total success and productivity of it's wonderful programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a humanitarian trip last summer with Youthlinc, who partnered with MCF to help people in Madagascar. We helped build a school, taught the people how to sew and garden, and they helped us do so many other wonderful things. They truly help those in need, and I would love to do more projects with them in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with the Madagascar Cooperative Foundation for a number of years. This nonprofit helps the people of Madagascar in a number of ways, with a particular emphasis on practical and business education, and in providing small loans to help found and support small businesses. The Foundation has grown and expanded in recent years, and has begun raising funds to construct a school for at risk children. The individuals behind the project are dedicated to their cause, and are well-educated in the flaws of traditional foreign aid. The Foundation therefore provides more sophisticated and modern approaches to helping the Malagasy people, free of the waste and counterproductive methods of older organizations. Donors can rest assured that their money will be used as practically and efficiently as possible.

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MadagascarCF 05/21/2017

Thank you for your continued support!