DEIS [Development Education Ireland Sharing] Madagascar CLG is an Irish-registered charity dedicated to the relief of poverty in Madagascar through development and education. Founded in 2014 by returning volunteers, in partnership with some friends of Madagascar in Ireland, the Company was incorporated in December 2014 and in February 2015 it became a fully-fledged Charity (Revenue CHY 21400). It is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority, RCN 20100513. All those involved with the charity do so entirely at their own expense both at home in Ireland and in Madagascar.
Madagascar is a country about the size of France, situated in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Mozambique on the African continent. It is one of the World’s poorest countries with over 90% of the population earning less than US$2 per day (World Bank Report, June 2013).
DEIS Madagascar are pleased to announce that the two classroom extension at Marozevo Primary School, in the Central Highlands of Madagascar, financed by the charity, was inaugurated on Wednesday 28 November, 2018.
The event attracted a lot of interest, as demonstrated by the presence of the local MP and the Secretary General of the Ministry of National Education. Also present were the Mayor, the District Head, the local representative of the Ministry of Education (Chef CISCO) the Deputy Village Head and Elders and a large crowd of villagers and smiling, excited pupils.
Brian and Nicole Donaldson, of the Madagascar Development Fund (MDF), which executed the project in partnership with the local community on behalf of DEIS Madagascar, were accompanied to Marozevo by journalists/cameramen from the State Broadcaster, TVM, and MaTV, the most popular privately owned television station, whose reports were broadcast a few days later on their main evening news bulletins.
Mme Jeanette, the Head Teacher’s predecessor, now retired, provided the school’s history, explaining that it was originally created in 1960 in one room - to teach children of the local power company, Jirama. The school had grown steadily over the years, and eventually also started accepting village children. Lack of funds had in recent years prevented regular maintenance and repairs from being carried out or improvements made. The school had for five years been seeking funds to renovate the original buildings and increase capacity. Today their dreams had come true. She appealed to her colleagues and the children to look after these “beautiful new classrooms” – to show DEIS Madagascar just how much “this precious gift” was appreciated. She ended by thanking the local authorities and the population for their support and participation, and all those who had contributed to the successful completion of the project.
Between speeches the guests were entertained by traditional songs and dances - of thanks and welcome - by both teachers and pupils – one of which was composed especially for the occasion, to thank DEIS Madagascar (and MDF) “for all the good things you have done for our community”.
The Chef CISCO revealed that over the past few months, in anticipation of the completion of the smart, new classrooms, the number of pupils had increased from 130 to 217. This was good news to him and his colleagues. It was often a struggle to persuade parents to send their children to school, particularly when conditions were bad. He had no doubt that the knowledge their children would study in a clean, watertight well-furnished classrooms had been helpful in convincing them of the value and importance of education. He assured MDF that he and his colleagues would ensure that all primary school projects completed in his District would be well looked after – in appreciation for the love DEIS Madagascar and other MDF supporters had shown towards the children of poor and vulnerable communities.
Brian Donaldson, Patron of MDF, in his speech alluded to the background to MDF “and our partnership with Bernard and Marie Neary and DEIS Madagascar and its supporters. DEIS Madagascar is one of MDF’s regular supporters, and Marozevo [is] just the latest in a growing list of their projects. DEIS Madagascar had worked hard for more than a year to raise the funds needed to meet the cost of building the classrooms. Other MDF supporters, the Sattin family and Mrs Sue Melville, all from the UK, [have] partnered with DEIS Madagascar [in] generously donating the classroom furniture”.
Night of 60s Music
A “Night of Sixties Music” was held on 30th November 2018 in the City of Dublin Workingmen’s Club, Little Strand Street, Dublin 7. It turned out to be an amazing night, full of nostalgia, dance, sing-along and laughter! The atmosphere was electrifying and took everyone back to the swinging Sixties and their dance-hall days.
Those brave enough to don their Sixties gear, wigs included, added to the colour and psychedelic atmosphere of the night. The event, organised by Martin Sneyd and Dave O’Mara, raised a total of €1,920 including ticket sales, donations and raffle, which will go towards a project, yet to be identified, in Madagascar during 2019.
Many thanks to all the musicians and singers who gave their time and talents for free, Don Barnard, Roisín Gaffney, Johnny Graham, Chr the OLMC Folk Group, Ray Salter, Harry Shiels, Tony Quinn and Martin and Dave.
The OLMC Folk Group were “California Dreaming”
Thanks also to the volunteers, Claire, Kay and Marie and to all the ticket sellers and to our sponsor Gerry Wynne Electrical and to the supporters and friends of DEIS Madagascar. Finally thanks also to the Committee and members of the Workingmen’s Club for making everyone feel so welcome!
Bob Flynn, Bernard Neary and Marie Neary enjoying a pint
Johnny Graham “socking it” to the dancers
DEIS Madagascar volunteers hosted a table, organised by Marie and Bernard Neary, in the Annual Bogies Christmas Fair on 1st December 2018. There was an array of gifts and crafts for sale, some specially displayed for the festive season. The stall generated huge interest and was visited by many well-wishers and supporters of DEIS Madagascar. The event raised a total of €410 for DEIS Madagascar. Thanks to Claire and Roisin, volunteers who helped out on the day.
Following the success of its first project, the construction of two new classrooms at Ambohibao, 26 kilometres north-east of the city centre of Antananarivo in May, 2016, DEIS Madagascar will undertake a similar development in 2017, as yet to be assessed and approved byt the Board. In the meantime we will engage in an active fundraising campaign with the help of our many supporters and friends. DEIS Madagascar is sponsoring the education of six children in the Antananarivo area at cost of €140 per child .
Photographs of the construction stages of the school and of the inauguration in May follow.
Any donation, big or small, towards our development work in Madagascar will be most welcome. A little goes a long, long way in Madagascar. You can use any of the methods described below, or get in touch (using the details on our "Contact Us" page) for further information.
You can use your own debit or credit card and simply click the "Donate" button below and follow the instructions. If you wish your donation to go to a specific project just enter the project name in to the "Add special instructions for the Merchant" before you complete the payment. This is for one-off donations only.
Bank Standing Order
Cheque or CAF Voucher
Please make cheques payable to "DEIS Madagascar CLG". Cheques should be sent to DEIS Madagascar CLG., 7, Croaghpatrick Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, Ireland. One euro can go a long way in Madagascar; for example €1.60 will pay the bus-fare for a worker to travel from the outer suburbs into Antananarivo city centre for a full week. A small donation could help in a number of ways, such as to:
- finance additional small projects such as repairing a leaking classroom roof or
- buy classroom furniture or
- build a well for clean drinking-sat
Great Credit to the Union
Following a request to the Civil Service Credit Union, in July they very generously made the donation of €1,000 towards the cost of the construction of a two-classroom building in the village of Morazevo, in the Central Highlands of Madagascar, about an hour's drive from the capital Antananarivo.
On behalf of DEIS Madagascar, and all involved in the project both here and in Madagascar, a sincere thanks to the Civil Service Credit Union, St Stephen's Green House, Earlsfort Tce Dublin 2.
The Night of Beatles Music held on Friday 8th December 2017 in the City of Dublin Workingmen’s Club, Little Strand Street, Dublin 7, turned out to be an amazing night, full of nostalgia, dance, sing-along and laughter! A few Beatles look-alikes were spotted, along with the Three Degrees from Navan Road, Dublin 7. The atmosphere was electrifying and took everyone back to the swinging Sixties and the dance in the local hall.
The event raised a total of €2,420 (plus £35 Sterling) to date, including ticket sales, donations and raffle, which will go towards the construction of two new classrooms in Marozevo in the Central Highlands of Madagascar. The sum is almost a quarter the cost of the construction of the classrooms.
Many thanks to all the musicians and singers who gave their time and talents for free:- Barrington Cullen, Roisín Gaffney, Paul Hoey, Christy Kearns, the OLMC Folk Group, Dave O’Mara, Ray Salter, Harry Shiels, Martin Sneyd and Danny Weir, and to Liam Kelly, MC for the evening. Thanks also to the volunteers, Claire, Jackie, Síle and Marie and to all the ticket sellers and to our sponsors Gerry Wynne Electrical, Londis Cabra and to the supporters and friends of DEIS Madagascar. Finally thanks also to the Committee and members of the Workingmen’s Club for making everyone feel so welcome!
The stall at the annual TESCO Cabra Christmas Craft Fair, held on Saturday 25th November 2017, in support of DEIS Madagascar, raised a total of €345. Many thanks to the volunteers who ran the stall, Claire, Jackie, Marie and Bernard, and to our loyal supporters. The proceeds will go towards the cost of DEIS Madagascar’s 2018 Project, the construction of two new Primary School classrooms in the Central Highlands of Madagascar.
FORTHCOMING FUND-RAISING EVENTS
COFFEE MORNING AND CAKE SALE
At: The Nearys 7, Croaghpatrick Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.
On: Saturday 9th June 2018
From: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 pm
Homemade cakes for Sale. Free tea, coffee and biscuits!
Enjoy a chat with your friends and neighbours and help a worthy cause!
Children welcome! Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits served all day! Bring the sunshine!
More information from Bernard on:- 085 7132116.
Want to test your general knowledge???
We are holding a: Table Quiz
in St. Brigid's GAA Club, Navan Road, Dublin, 15
on Friday the 23rd of March 2018
Entrance fee is €40 per table of four.
Further Information: Phone Bernard at 0857132116 or Martin 0861591188
Musical entertainment featuring OLMC Folk Group will be included as well as a raffle and a great fun night should be had by all. We hope to see you there!
There will be a NIGHT OF BEATLES MUSIC in aid of DEIS [Development Education Ireland Sharing] Madagascar CLG [RCN 20100513] on Friday, 8th December at 9:00 pm sharp in the City of Dublin Workingmen’s Club, 33-36 Little Strand Street, Dublin 7 [facing Nealon’s Pub] featuring an Ensemble of Singers including Barrington Cullen, Roisín Gaffney, Paul Hoey, Christy Kearns, the OLMC Folk Group, Dave O’Mara, Ray Salter, Harry Shiels, Martin Sneyd and Danny Weir. Tickets €10 each; free sandwiches; 1960s Fancy Dress Optional. For Tickets and Information Contact Bernard Neary on 085 7132116
Cake Sale - Coffee Morning at
7 Croaghpatrick Road, Cabra, Dublin, 7
April Date (to be announced)
RECENT FUNDRAISING EVENTS:
night of Beatles Music, 8th of December 2017
The crowd enjoying the music with Martin, Rosin and Ray performing.
OLMC Folk Group performing their lovely harmony arrangements of Beatles songs
Harry Shields and friends in the spirit of things at the end of the night
The Table Quiz took place on Friday 23rd of March 2018 in St. Brigids GAA Club, Navan Road.
Coffee Morning and Cake Sale
A coffee morning and cake sale on Saturday the 9th of June 2018 at the home of Bernard and Marie Neary raised a total of €1,147.50. Sincere thanks to all who supported this event
Cannon Paul Houston holding his Victoria Sponge Cake which fetched €40 at cake sale, with Emer Devlin and Anne Swords
Canon Paul Heuston, St. Brigid's CoI and other attendees at Coffee Morning at Bernard and Marie's home. The weather was glorious as can be seen above.
A selection of home baked bread, scones and cakes on sale at the coffee morning
A Malagasy Craft Fair and Cake Sale at the Cabra home of Bernard and Marie Neary on Saturday 23th July 2016 raised a total of €1,793.37.
A Malagasy Craft Fair and Cake Sale at the Coolock home of Síle Leech on Saturday 16th July 2016 raised a total of€1,421.15.
A Car Boot Sale at Festina Lente in Bray, Co.Wicklow on Sunday 4th September 2016 raised a total of €109.20.
A "Mindfulness for Madagascar" Fundraiser at the home of Pauline Bergin on 16th September 2016 raised a total of €219.
A Raffle for Executive Briefcase was held on Tuesday the 10th January 2017 in Castleknock. Organised by Martin Sneyd, supporter of Deis Madagascar raised a total of €435
A Concert Night at St. Brigid's Church, Castleknock, Dublin 15 on Friday 8th April 2016 featuring GLORIA Dublin's Lesbian and Gay Choir, the Rowsome Uilleann Piping Quartet and children of Drumcondra National School raised afinal total of €3,741.40, shared equally between DEIS Madagascar and Right Sharing of World Resources. DEIS Madagascar's share of the proceeds, a total of €1,870.70, was used to furnish the two new classrooms at Ambohibao Primary School (€987.81) and towards the construction of a well at Akany Hasina, Ambohidratrimo (€600).
The DEIS Madagascar Stand at the Annual TESCO Cabra Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 26th November 2016 raised a total of €562.78. Many thanks to our Dublin 7 supporters and organisers Marie and Bernard, Jackie and Claire, who manned the stand from 9am until 6pm. Thanks also to all the TESCO shoppers for their generosity.
DEIS Madagascar has successfully completed a number of projects in Madagascar.
DEIS Madagascar successfully completed its first school building project, the funding of two-classrooms in the village of Ambohibao, Antananarivo, at a total €9,022.52, in partnership with a local, well-respected NGO, Madagascar Development Fund (MDF) and the local community. The school, in the Rural Commune of Talatavolonondry, is located 25 kilometres-north east of the capital Antananarivo - about a 90-minute drive on the Anjozorobe road, of which 20 kilometres is tarmac and 5 kilometres unpaved. Construction began in late-2015 and the local communitycontributing to the project through the provision of sand and unskilled labour, thus giving parents not only an interest in but a stake in the new school building. This will also ensure that the building is maintained and preserved into the future. The new classrooms were inaugurated on Friday 20th May 2016 in the presence of three DEIS Madagascar volunteers. The day was a huge festive occasion in the village, with a display of music, song and dance and a meal for everyone, villagers, children and visitors. The classrooms were fully furnished from the proceeds of the Concert held in St Brigid's, Church of Ireland, Castleknock on Friday 8th April 2016
In May 2015 it supported a feeding programme for poor children in the district of Ambohidratrimo, Antananarivo run by a community of Anglican nuns at Convent Hasina, through the provision of kitchenware. Items purchased included a large cooking pot, a hand-operated meat-grinder, a pressure cooker, three rice-flasks (to bring hot meals to the sick of the district) and electrical appliances including a slow-rice cooker, blender and a food mixer. This project was funded by the kind donation of the Castleknock with Clonsilla Church of Ireland community.
The second project was the presentation by a friend of DEIS Madagascar from Dublin, Síle Leech BSc (Hons), of two separate courses in Indian Head Massage, between 22nd May and 3rd June 2015. Twenty four students attended and successfully graduated from the course. In an economy producing few formal jobs, DEIS Madagascar envisages that many of the students will be able to secure paid work. Síle’s travel and accommodation was entirely self funded, while DEIS Madagascar sponsored the local costs of the project (e.g., photo-copying, purchasing bottles for massage oil, translation services and daily refreshments). The graduation reception on the final day of each course was proudly sponsored by DEIS Madagascar.
The Thorny Rose Festival
Saturday 29th April 2017 at 8:00 pm
The Yacht Club, Clontarf
(Beside Dublin Bus Station)
Fundraiser for DEIS Madagascar CLG (RCN 20100513)
'The Thorny Rose Festival' is a an unusual event to raise money for Charity, whereby the men (Thorns) dress as women and enter the Festival showing their attributes relayed in the song: "Lovely and Fair". Some will sing, some will dance and some will play an instrument.
Tickets are €10 and all proceeds to
Thanks to all who came out to support the fundraiser for DEIS Madagascar in Clontarf Yacht Club on Saturday 20th April 2017. The "Thorny Rose Festival" was an outstanding (not to mention hilarious) event, and a great evening was had by the large attendance. Many thanks to the participants in the festival, their sponsors and the sponsors of the Raffle. The friendly and accommodating staff at the Yacht Club added to the memorable night. A special thanks to the organizer of the event, Síle Leech, for all her hard work and enthusiasm. A total of €1,601.40 was raised on the night for DEIS Madagascar.
Marie Neary will be running in the Women's Mini Marathon on Monday 5th June 2017 in support of DEIS Madagascar. Good luck Marie!
Where we work
Below you can see a map of the areas in Madagascar your money will go to help the local community