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Support for ongoing projects continued unabated in 2016 and into 2017, further establishing the influence that Trade Aid UK has been able to give to important relief programmes worldwide. Much of this has been enabled by the continued sale of Trade Aid UK Granulated and Caster Sugar through Tesco Stores and the sale of ethical travel insurance through its partner www.travelandinsure.com. The use of external aid agencies and charities has been instrumental in us being able to reach the remotest parts of the globe where often the needs are greatest. The individual aid projects supported by the Trade Aid UK Foundation can be viewed by simply scrolling up and down the project panel on this page and clicking on the project that interests you.

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New School Building Programme

Trade Aid UK is supporting SEED Madagascar, a UK registered charity, with a project to improve school infrastructure in Manambaro, Southeast Madagascar. Funding has been provided for the construction of four new buildings and new facilities for Manambaro Lycée (High School). The first phase in 2015 funded the provision of one school building, one two-cubicle composting latrine and one well. Manambaro phase 2 which started in 2016, with completion planned in Autumn 2017, will result in 2 additional school buildings (4 classrooms) and a second toilet block.

There are only three public high schools in the south of the region and the recently opened Manambaro Lycée is forced to turn away up to 500 students each year due to a lack of classrooms. The current site does not have a water point or latrines; students at the school defecate in bushes and drink from a pond.

Through the four modules of this initiative, SEED aims to address the high level of demand for school infrastructure by providing four durable school buildings constructed from concrete, brick and rock, each containing two fully furnished classrooms. SEED will also dig a well to supply clean water and build four two-cubicle composting latrines at the school; the latrines can provide fertiliser to support subsistence agriculture in the area.

SEED is extremely well placed to deliver this project, having supported 18 communities in the region with similar school building interventions since 2006. It is anticipated that over 2,500 children and young people will access the school over the next decade; Manambaro Lycée’s increased capacity will thereby foster direct social and economic benefits for an estimated 12,500 members of households, with diverse impacts of a better educated population felt throughout south Anosy’s population of 400,000.

SEED was initially established as a Scottish charity, Azafady, in 1994 and became a registered charity in England and Wales in 1999. SEED’s basic aim is to alleviate human poverty whilst protecting a biologically rich but greatly endangered environment by empowering the poorest people of the region to meet their basic needs and establish sustainable livelihoods. If you would like to know more about SEED Madagascar and its other projects and volunteer programmes, then you can do so by logging onto their website at www.seedmadagascar.org

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