Madagascar and Wuhan Virus

As the whole world has become affected with the Wuhan Virus, it reached the shores of
Madagascar on the last flight into the country from France a couple of weeks ago. Three
people aboard that flight tested positive for the Wuhan Virus and were immediately
quarantined. The other passengers were asked to self-quarantine. Currently there
are 120 people who have tested positive and no deaths.
The result for the people in Madagascar is that the government has ordered the people
to self-quarantine and keep social distancing. Also, the churches have been ordered to
not hold worship services. This has created big problems for the churches as they do
not have a banking system like we have in the USA for people to provide their offerings.
Most people in fact do not have a bank account or electronic ways to pay for purchases.
In addition in the south west of Madagascar they have a shortage of rainfall and so their
crops are drying up and there is a beginning of a food shortage.
This is an issue that is much larger than a nonprofit organization like FOMM can solve.
It is a government or large nonprofit organization issue and it is difficult to rally their
awareness to provide the people’s needs.
So, what can we do to help the people of Madagascar? We are working to inform
several organizations (Lutheran World Relief, Feed my Starving Children, etc.) if they
could help provide food for this region through such times. To date, as draught is way
too frequent in this region, these organizations have not responded to our concerns.
So, if you wish to help with this situation, please contact any organization that provides
emergency food for such regions around the world and ask them to respond.
Also, FOMM works to assist with providing food to the needy in a small, nonprofit way.
We have three programs where we provide food for the poor and hungry: 1) The Prison
Ministry provides rice and a protein in the 16 prison ministries that we support, as the
government does not provide adequate food to the prisoners. 2) At Ejeda Hospital, in
the arid region of south west Madagascar, we have a nutrition program that provides
food to those who come to the hospital for treatment but have no food. In Madagascar
the family of the patient must provide the food. There is no hospital food service
3) We have two locations where we are teaching people how to grow vegetables using
the “drip irrigation method” and giving free of charge a drip irrigation kit when they help
with the work.
Thanks for anything you can do to help FOMM to provide resources. To contact FOMM
with financial support or to get in contact with us, our address information is at the
bottom of each page on this website.

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