Other Projects

As a locally-run organization, we understand better than most how integral environmental issues are tied to community health and sustainable development initiatives. Taking this into consideration, Mitsinjo not only focuses on managing our protected natural areas and conserving biodiversity, but also on improving the livelihoods of our members and the people within our community.

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Human Health and Family Planning

In collaboration with Voahary Salama, Mitsinjo helped run a diverse set of initiatives between 2004 and 2009 targeted at improving the health and well-being of the Andasibe-area population. Some highlights of the project and related work include:

  • Family planning trainings and distribution of contraceptives
  • STD awareness and related testing
  • Water sanitation as part of the Wash Project, which included improving available lavatories and distributing information and raising awareness of best hygiene practices
  • Distribution of mosquito nets and informing community of issues related to malaria and other disease transmitted by mosquitoes
  • Installation of wells in rural areas around Andasibe previously without safe sources of drinking water
  • Trained Agent du Santé du Base Communitaire and helped highlight the important links between the health of people and the health of local ecosystems

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We also have worked to install and repair vital infrastructure, including rebuilding the primary school at Maromahatsinjo in Torotorofotsy following its destruction after a cyclone, as well as helping to start a dispensary which would allow people in rural areas better access to their medications.

Sustainable Agriculture

Providing training and workshops in alternative agriculture practices has been one of our focuses from the start. Some of our projects have included:

  • Creation of demonstration plots involving agro-forestry, fruit trees, and permaculture techniques around Andasibe
  • Bee keeping workshops and trainings
  • Contributing to the development of improved vegetable gardens and associated local market for farmers to sell their produce
  • Distribution of vegetable seeds along with information about alternative sustainable agricultural techniques
  • Support of volunteers with a background in sustainable agriculture as part of the sustainable livelihoods component of the now defunct TAMS project
  • With the help of Peace Corps, worked to promote Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) to improve yield of rice fields and reduce hillside rice cultivation

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