Chairperson: Fr Chrzczonowicz Jan
Secretary: Mrs Filitoga Sinisita
Treasurer: Mr Maurice Georges
Mrs Beaudoin Jeannette
Mr Fortin Bernard
Mrs Fortin Michèle
Mr Iunius Mario
Mrs Maurice Maryse
Mrs Némorin Ghyliane
Mr Perrine Alphonse
Mrs Perrine Marie-Claire
Our charitable association began 18 years ago, when His Grace Maurice PIAT, bishop of Mauritius while in Sydney asked our French speaking community, especially the Mauritians, for help to support the educational program in Mauritius.
Father Pedrohas built 8 basketball fields, 2 volley ball and 2 soccer fields on the school grounds
Father Pedro’s dream was to be a professional soccer player. He uses sport as an education tool. He has built 8 basketball fields, 2 volley ball and 2 soccer fields on the school grounds.IMG_0026_TheTPA.net
These children still live next to the garbage dump. They will soon move to the houses being built for their families in the background
The garbage dump where it all started 25 years ago.
An Argentinian Lazarist priest from the Congregation of St Vincent de Paul Father Pedro decides to give back their dignity to the poorest of the Malagasy people by starting the Akamasoa association in May 1989.
Here, an impromptu meeting with the quarry staff. Every meeting ends with songs
Son of a Slovenian mason who fled to Argentina after the war, Father Pedro Opeka learns the ropes of building trade from the age of 9.
One of the three quarries that have been feeding the residents for the last 25 years.
People work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week and get paid based on their output, from 1 to 2 dollars a day, the average wage in Madagascar. The concept of Akamasoa is that dignity and freedom derive from labour
Miles of pavers from the quarries were laid by the workers of Akamasoa, a luxury the capital doesn’t enjoy.
Every year, about 100 houses like these ones see the light.
They are free as long as their occupants maintain them and respect the ‘Dina”, a convention of collective discipline
The village of Andralanitsa under the shade of the trees planted by the children themselves.
Tree planting is a yearly Akamasoa school program. 10 to 20 000 trees are planted every year on the hills of AkamasoaIMG_7351_TheTPA.net
Over 10 000 children go to school at Akamasoa from kinder garden to high school, with an average success rate of 80% at the year 12 exam.
Trade training such as carpentry, plumbing, electricity, teaching or hospitality are also available
A crowd of children surround Father Pedro wherever he goes
With his mallet, this man is breaking down the granite into gravels that will be sold to construction companies.
Granite, a major source of income for Akamasoa is used to pave the streets of the 22 villages of the associationIMG_7372_TheTPA.net
One of the 360 workers of the Quarry of Bemasoandro breaks the granite to form the pavers that
They will be used on site or sold
400 tonnes of rice are distributed each year to the poorest who come for help
3 staff of Akamasoa are in charge of the selection of the new entrants
nd of the distribution of first help to the dozens of families that come every day at the Mangarivotra Centre. Not long ago they were on the other side of the fence
This mother and baby, welcomed by Father Pedro, came to ask help from the association.
In 25 years, Akamasoa provided emergency help to 300 000 people: food, medical treatments, soaps and blankets. About 17 000 of them have been permanently settled in the villages of Akamasoa.
5 meals a week are provided in the primary schools of Akamasoa,
including during school holidays. It is an efficient way to maintain the kids at school. One of the worries of the association is that the children would run away to beg in the streets of the capital.
240 tonnes of rice per year are needed to feed the primary school children.
The association can only count on 30 days of stock ahead. Every month, Father Pedro and his team worry about suppliesIMG_7626_TheTPA.net
Every Sunday after mass, a breads are distributed to the children of Akamasoa
The teens of Akamasoa get together for the World Youth Day
They manifest an unmistakable enthusiasm and love to Father Pedro.IMG_9304_TheTPA.net
Some 17 000 people live in the 22 villages of Akamasoa
On the forefront, a house block from the association overlooking the Madagascar capital, Antananarivo. The green building is a high school.IMG_9324_TheTPA.net
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From the start our efforts were undertaken in association with the Australian Catholic University (to help education in Mauritius) through the formation of qualified teachers for the education of poor children there.
Since then, the “Mauritian Night” became a “Charity Night” taking place every year on the last Saturday of October.
From 2005 in association with Caritas Australia we have alternatively helped Mauritius and Madagascar sending our help through Caritas Mauritius and Caritas Madagascar.
In Madagascar our help has gone to the holistic social development of the poor through support of education for children and adults, health care in the bush through mobile dispensaries as well as small hospitals looking after lepers and TB sufferers on the south-east coast of the Island
In 2007 our charitable association was registered with NSW government as the “Sydney French Roman Catholic Charities” (CNF/20467) and recognised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
Two years ago we started helping Fr Pedro OPEKA of Madagascar with his endeavours on the outskirts of Antananarivo. His NGO organization called “AKAMASOA” (which means ‘Good Friends’) with the help of thousands of paid professional teachers, health & social workers and many volunteers, provides for around 20000 people (60% children under 15; including orphans and abandoned) jobs (brick homes construction, hand crafts, agriculture, carpentry, mechanics, welding) and education (4 primary & secondary schools, 4 kindergartens and 6 pharmacies).
More details maybe found on: www.perepedro.com .
In 2013 the SFRCC joined ‘Catholic Mission’ in partnership in order to improve its fundraising activities through the tax deductibility offered for the personal donations going to the ‘Akamasoa’ activities.
Financial and donation expectations:
Amount raised to date: since 1999 until 2014: over $740,000.00.
Number of donors to date: average 500
Fundraising goal for the last five years: between $50,000 and $70,000 each year.
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