Madagascar 2012

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When three volunteers from Scouts Canada visited the village of Ambato Boeni in 2008, they had the opportunity to sit down and learn about the priorities of the community. Looking around, they saw poverty, malnutrition and a contaminated Betsiboka River,
but what they would soon see is a community filled with hope for the future. The priorities were simple: wells for fresh water, a school facility for education and a source of electricity to provide light through 12 hours of darkness each day... Life, Learning, Light. Scouts Canada made a promise that day – a promise that others had broken in the past – that we would work with the people of Ambato Boeni to achieve these goals.

Then, in January 2009, just months before the project was to take place, a coup d’état in the Madagascar capital of Antananarivo forced the project to be postponed. The country was thrown into unrest for over two years, but now, with peace restored to the country, Scouts Canada can return to Ambato Boeni. On our honour, we promised that we would do our best. This is everyone’s project and now is the time to follow through on the promise we made nearly four years ago.

In August, 2012, 18 youth and 7 adults from across Canada will travel to the village of Ambato Boeni to work with the community to build a school facility. This project will not only bring education to a population where only 45% of youth will ever go to school, but it will also make it possible for students from outside of the village to have a place to stay during the week, spreading education throughout the region.


  • Advisors: Bernie Avery, Maureen Avery, Keith E., Bruce Hunter, Peter L., Iain Tait., Rob Tuer
  • Youth: Creighton Avery, Steven Avery, Carey Benson, Dawn Carr, Emilie D., Spencer E., Nicolas F., Kim Fortin., Oliver F., Michael F., Joel I., Benjamin I., Myra M., Brendan O., Linda R., Sarah S., John W.