The fokontany Emagnevy is a small Madagascan village made up of 3 hamlets and associated outlying houses. Situated in the mountain region of Ambato it is one of the most inaccessible villages in the rural commune of Mahatalaky, approximately 15 km from the nearest road. There is no electricity, water or sanitation infrastructure in place or even a village shop.
The fokontany’s primary school, comprising a basic 24m squared wooden room plus a small extension educates a staggering 247 students. The local education authority (CISCO) was committed to providing more qualified teachers for this school on condition that there was a place for them to teach in. All tools and materials for the project were locally sourced. and the school was built by a team of 6 Malagasy staff and 19 volunteers from the U.K, US, Netherlands and Belgium. The village now has four qualified teachers and the school is in a position to offer full-time lessons to every pupil.