DOES MAF DO?
goal of the Madagascar Ankizy Fund is to build schools and clinics in
remote areas of Madagascar. MAF was started by paleontologist Dr.
David W. Krause, a professor in the Department of Anatomical
Sciences at Stony Brook University. Dr. Krause,
as well as various colleagues and students involved in paleontological
research in Madagascar, are committed to improving lives of Malagasy children
by providing tools for learning and basic health care.
HOW DOES MAF DO IT?
Madagascar Ankizy Fund is administered through the Stony Brook Foundation,
the not-for-profit wing of the
Stony Brook University .
The fund has committed volunteers in the United States who raise money
to build schools and clinics, seek donations of medical
and dental supplies, and identify health care workers who will also
volunteer their services. Complementing these American volunteers is
a team of volunteers in Madagascar who assist in the identification
of areas in which schools and clinics are most needed and who supervise
on-site construction and operation of facilities. Most of the Malagasy
volunteers are associated with the Institute
for the Conservation of Tropical Environments. MAF also works
hand-in-hand with Aiza
Biby, an organization whose mission it is to educate and involve
children in the conservation of nature.
WHAT HAS MAF
The Madagascar Ankizy Fund has completed construction of four schools:
Over the years, since its inception, MAF has supported six dental missions to Madagascar. As a result of these missions
thousands of decayed and abscessed teeth were extracted or repaired.
- Berivotra – located in northwestern Madagascar, east of Betsiboka River, in primary paleontological field research area. Two-room building (‘Sekoly Riambato’ – The Stony Brook School) with associated two-family duplex for teachers, a toilet, and a well. This school has two teachers and approximately 75 students. It was inaugurated in July, 2001.
- Mahatsinjo – located in south-central Madagascar. It is a four-room building (‘The Rachael King School’) with associated toilet. The school has four teachers, and approximately 225 students. It was inaugurated in July, 2005.
- Manombo – located in southeastern Madagascar. This is a two-room building (‘The Rocky Point School’). It houses five teachers and 252 students. It was inaugurated in August, 2008.
- Mitsinjo – located in northwestern Madagascar, west of Betsiboka River. This is a three-room building (‘The Joel Strum Kenny School’) with four teachers and currently about 135 students. This school was inaugurated in July, 2008.
Additionally, MAF has partnered with other organizations to send much needed health and dental supplies to the region.
Madagascar Ankizy Fund will continue to build schools in
Madagascar. The fund is committed to continuing these
efforts by identifying the most needy areas and providing children with
the opportunity for a better life. In addition, we plan to continue running dental missions to Madagascar which benefit both local patients and students of the Stony Brook University Dental School.