There are many many street children in Tana, and it breaks my heart to see their dusty faces, snotty noses, poor-teethed smiles, and sad eyes. Most seem to have lost the innocent look of a child.
This is how I met Alex (26), a very special guy. A former street child himself - his pretty but poor mother was abandoned by his rich father in a not so pretty way, taking away all the possessions in their house and leaving the children on the streets. He got lucky, a stranger (?) met him and decided to pay for his education. Alex managed to finish his secondary school diploma and studied IT. He then found a job as an assistant manager, making a decent living and with his first earnings he opened, at the age of twenty, his centre d'acceuil Akany Fitahiana to help some of the the thousands of enfants de la rue.
|Alex with Malala (16), |
her dad's a drug addict
|Alex with Tanteroka (13)|
born on the street
|Soleine's helping to serve a Thanksgiving meal - no, not turkey|
|Most kids were up since 6 AM...waiting hours for the feast to start|
|Pretty girls, but oh so serious..|
These are hard times in Madagascar. Since the crisis started in 2009, the transitional government hasn't provided much support to the underprivileged. The center is on the brink of closing down. They're in need of pretty much everything: proper toilets, lights, school materials, toys, clothes, underwear, tooth brushes, food, soap; you name it.
I am going to keep in touch with Alex, see what I can do to help.
You're welcome to help too!
|The typical sad look of a child that has never known innocence|
|At least we managed to make this one smile...|