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Mirana Rakotosamimanana

Phesheya Vilakazi

program manager

With rising poverty levels, reduced government support for basic social services, and more and more children dropping out of school, child labor—and the worst forms of it—are a pressing humanitarian concern in Madagascar.

Since 2008, Pact has extricated more than 9,000 Malagasy children from exploitative labor in commercial sex work, domestic servitude and mining.

We have helped those children return to school, and access psychosocial support and mentoring. We’ve also made it possible for their families to earn money in a healthy ways, particularly through our microsavings program that teaches women how to save and access loans to support income-generating activities.

We currently work in all 22 of the country’s regions to prevent malaria and tuberculosis and to ensure children receive an education. Our work today is built on more than two decades of work in Madagascar addressing a range of additional health, humanitarian, economic and governance concerns. Our programs have combated HIV/AIDS, improved local and environmental governance, encouraged corporate-community engagement and reduced corruption. Pact's capacity development activities have also strengthened local partners’ ability to effectively and sustainably carry out their work on their own.

Stories and Highlights

Pact to implement USAID project in Madagascar strengthening local governance of natural resources and environmental protection

March 27, 2018
Pact has received a new award from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to build the enabling environment for effective community-based management and protection of...
Mother and child in Katanga, DRC

Addressing child labor demands an integrated approach

June 10, 2016
This post orginally appears on the Crowd360 website and is cross-posted with permission. In factories, fields, and mines around the world, 85 million children toil in hazardous conditions that...

For a family in Madagascar, Pact scholarships make all the difference

September 30, 2015
In Manambaro, a remote, rural community near the southern tip of Madagascar, less than 1 percent of the population has had education past high school. Nearly three-quarters of people can’t read or...