Friday, 21 April 2017

Marianne’s Fundraising Run for Money for Madagascar!

Marianne Derjean is one of our supporters and she is running the Virgin London Marathon this Sunday. 

She has been busy training for this - as you can see from the photo above. This was when she was running the Cambridge half marathon in March!

She is hoping to raise funds for Money for Madagascar. The Just Giving page she has started will be open for a few more weeks so please donate generously.

If you would like to support her work, please follow the link below:

We wish her all the very best and thank her for nominating us as the charity!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Kids Fundraising Activities in Lancaster

Money for Madagascar (MfM) would like to share with you the story of two Lancaster children who have been running fundraising activities during Lent to raise money for MfM.

Hearing about the famine which has been affecting Madagascar, Benjamin, age 8, decided he wanted to raise money to help those affected. Ben ran a "guess the name of the bear" competition at Quernmore primary school. He charged 50 pence per guess, with the winner receiving a bear which was beautifully hand-knitted by our trustee Theresa. Benjamin raised £38.35 for the famine appeal.

Peter, age 5, also wanted to raise money to help those affected by the famine. He ran a 'guess the number of sweets in the jar' competition at Christ Church Primary School in Lancaster. He charged 20p per guess, and managed to raise an amazing £70!

Money for Madagascar would like to thank both Benjamin and Peter for their phenomenal efforts to raise money for those affected by this famine. We would also like to thank all those who took part in these competitions, and the staff for supporting their efforts. A special thank you to Theresa Haine our trustee who continues to knit bears and lemurs to support our various initiatives. Its always nice to see something positive amidst the endless negativity in the news and media!

If you would like to know more about what MfM does, or make a donation – any money you give will be guaranteed to make a direct difference in Madagascar – please see our website –

Thank you!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Madagascar Drought Appeal: An Update

Money for Madagascar has been running an appeal recently to help those impacted by the drought and subsequent famine in southern Madagascar. The United Nations has highlighted that the famine is a severe threat to the health and lives of nearly a million people in this part of Madagascar. 

The drought, which has affected the region for the past two years, has resulted in crop failures and led to severe food shortages. Families have resorted to consuming vital seed stocks to survive which only further exacerbates the issues in the longer term.

Thanks to the generosity of all those who have donated to our appeal, Money for Madagascar has been able to send out £30,000 already and is continuing to raise money. Our Malagasy partner SAF have been able to begin providing short and long term relief to families in affected regions. In the short term this means providing food aid to families suffering from famine. To ensure longer term sustainability, SAF are helping to replenish seed stocks depleted by the drought, particularly with drought resistant crops, as well as working to improve food stores to develop long-term food security.

It is very important that these stocks are replenished now. Rain has recently been falling in some affected areas making it vital that these seeds are delivered and sown as soon as possible to ensure that this famine isn’t prolonged. SAF have already been able to provide 200 households with maize seeds to take advantage of this rainfall in addition to short-term food supplies.

Without your help this work wouldn’t be possible. If you haven’t donated yet and are able, it isn’t too late. Even a modest contribution can go a long way to alleviate the harsh conditions currently being faced by those in the affected regions of Madagascar.

Monday, 27 February 2017


In the United Kingdom, the days are slowly getting longer and supermarket shelves are filled with pancake ingredients in anticipation of Shrove Tuesday this week. But the following day, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of Lent. Traditionally a Christian period of fasting in the lead up to Easter Sunday, it is now widely recognised and practiced by people of all, and no, beliefs.

Typically, Lent offers the challenge for you to give up something you love, such as sugar, alcohol, smoking or caffeine.  Alongside the abstinence from a chosen luxury, it can be regarded as a time for increased mindfulness, and charitable giving.

Unfortunately, not everyone is currently lucky enough to have such luxuries to go without. In Madagascar, late rain is currently causing widespread famine, adding to the stresses of life for many in one of the poorest places on Earth. Vulnerable people are living on the street, with little access to clean water and healthcare, and children are growing up starving and without education.

However, Money for Madagascar is working hard to help these people, and can continue to do so with your help – so why don’t you use this Lenten period to really make a difference to someone’s life?

Every time you resist the luxury that you’re giving up, you could do something amazing with the money you save and change peoples’ lives for the better.

Here are a few examples of what you can achieve:

·         £10 saved on chocolate treats could provide a months’ worth of hot lunches for hungry,
homeless people.
·         Instead of grabbing that coffee from your favourite coffee shop before work every day for a week, you could spend the same £15 to help set up a family in farming, ensuring regular meals and a reliable income for those most in need.
·         By saving £45 on alcohol across the 40 days of Lent, you could get a child into school for a whole year!

It doesn’t take a large sacrifice for you to make a huge difference to people living in poverty in Madagascar.

Find out more about Money for Madagascar’s work here
Make a donation here.

Contributed by Eve

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Madagascar example

One question among many in philosophy of language concerns the nature of reference. Reference in this context is the relation between words (in particular names and nouns) and things, such as that between the name ‘Elvis Presley’ and the singer Elvis Presley. By what means do words refer? What makes it the case that ‘Elvis Presley’ picks out that person? 
One view (from Russell) suggests that any name is associated with a description which is true of a unique individual and it is via this description that the name refers to that person. Another view (Kripke) sees reference as involving an initial act of naming to which later uses of a name are connected by a causal chain linking one user or use to another. Each user succeeds in referring to the same thing because their use of the word is appropriately causally connected to the first use. So for example if I use the name ‘JRR Tolkein’ I succeed in referring to the author of LotR not because that name is attached to a description that uniquely fits him, but because I learned the name from someone who learned the name from someone…who was present at the christening of JRRT.

The Madagascar example was proposed by Gareth Edwards as a problem for this causal account, because it is a real-world case of reference shift via error (as opposed to reference shift via deliberate reapplication of a name such as calling a cat ‘Lenin’). The story goes that Marco Polo was the first European to learn and use the name ‘Madagascar’, but he applied it to the large island off the east coast of Africa while in fact the users of the term from whom he acquired it used it to refer to part of the mainland. It is assumed that Marco Polo intended to use the name as they did, but he made a mistake about what they intended. His mistake then led to the modern use of the word to refer to the island, not the mainland. The question for the causal theory of reference is: how can the name ‘Madagascar’ as used today refer to the island (as it clearly does) when its causal history leads back ultimately to the naming of a different place altogether?

Friday, 20 January 2017

Urgent Appeal: Madagascar Famine

Please help us support Malagasy families facing famine!

As the drought in southern Madagascar tightens its grip, 850,000 Malagasy people are facing extreme hunger. Having exhausted all their food reserves, many families are resorting to eating cacti and boiled ashes to quell their hunger. Without urgent humanitarian intervention, these families will face starvation. 

Cactus pads are the last available source of food
Credit: Ben. C. Soloman/New York Times
With your support, we can offer them an immediate lifeline and hope for the future. Emergency food supplies will sustain them through the crisis, whilst drought resistant seeds and farming equipment will help them get back on their feet. 

Please Donate Today to help us offer practical support and life saving nutrition to families facing famine in southern Madagascar!

If you would like to find out more about the causes and consequences of the emerging famine in southern Madagascar, Click here to read a powerful article from the New York Times.

Thank you for your support! 


Friday, 13 January 2017

Eenos’s Madagascan Tour: a summary

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Eenos’ journey around Madagascar was never something he expected to be easy. Travelling through some of the most remote areas of the world on roads which were often no more than muddy tracks and in some of the most inhospitable of climates, on a motorcycle, is never a challenge for the faint of heart. However, he prevailed and on the 6th of January 2017 Eenos announced that he had completed his challenge, traveling a total of 4539 kilometers. 

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The journey was not without its setbacks. A one point Eenos was caught in a flash flood following a severe rain storm; he was washed of the road by the waters and only by pure luck managed to drag himself out of harms way. Despite suggestions at that point that he abandon his challenge and his bike suffering damage from the incident, after a few days rest and assistance from a helpful local mechanic Eenos was back on the road. 

In a statement on Facebook, Eenos thanked Ony Rakotoarivelo and Money for Madagascar organisation for their work in helping local people and organisations, as well as Fran├žois Serrano and Moto Tour Madagascar for their assistance and advice, and for "making his dream come true."

Money for Madagascar also thanked Eenos for his efforts to raise both awareness of and funds for these vital projects to help Malagasy communities, and hope that he will visit Madagascar again soon. 

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