Chosen Servant Ministries

August News in Madagascar

07 Sep 2011

Hi People!
 
Well its been our busiest mission so far, with many projects and heaps more volunteers joining us.
 
We’ve had so much fun!
 
Our film girl Lauren who does all of our videos has come twice this year and blessed us heaps. She filmed some of the works we’re doing, and has already made a cool video called “movin on up.” Lauren is also making other video’s for us. She is amazing.
 
A girl from the Central Coast NSW, Sarah, came and made/taught some arty stuff, and made some jewelry etc for us to sell in Australia, to help support the ministry. She also helped to start a new program called “Mamma’s off the street.”  We are finding mothers on the street and trying to find sponsors for them to get them off the street and into a house. It  costs around $10-20 a month to rent a comfortable room for a family. We also provide the family with a bed, blankets, cooking pots and utensils, a bucket, and basic healthcare products. Contact us at mummas@csm.org.au if you’d like to know more or sponsor a family. We will let you know about the families and prices of rentable houses available. Sarah blessed many people and helped us very much, she took heaps of great photos too.
 
We had three true blue Aussie farmers come for ten days. Adam, Ben, and Brad, these guys worked a solid week at our first orphanage project in Soavinandriana. Wow!
Some of the works these guys did:
- Set up running water
- Built a non smelling toilet block with shower and eco hot water which runs off into a sewerage pit and then the grey water runs off into a realm drain. (lots of digging)
- Constructed a fertilizer pit to catch worm pee.
- Cleared the land for a modern pig pen and set all the posts in and some of the fencing.
- Taught farming of fruit, vegetables, and cattle on two different occasions to some of the people in the local villages.
 
These guys worked so hard and efficiently, they brought new methods and skills that have blessed many people and our own work projects. Much of what they brought and their example of working hard has worn off on our staff and volunteers. We’re getting a lot more done these days.
 
A girl named Isobel from the Sunshine coast QLD came and was great! What a character! Everyone here loved her and noticed when she left. She brought her skills in sewing and design etc and made some funky accessories which we will sell in Australia to help support CSM works. She worked hard to make some school uniforms for children we school in Mahajanga, and is still working on them. She also helped to paint the toilet block at our orphanage. She was so creative and she taught our staff how to cook some Aussie style tomato soup, was very nice!
 
One of Isobel’s good friends, Lisa, came too! What can I say! She was epic! What a cool person! She is a hairdresser, who came not knowing how she could help, but blessed us all so much. We have a video in the making of the poor being transformed. Lisa did the transformations of many people, cutting/styling hair and doing make-up and accessories. She also taught much needed lessons on communication and listening skills, I definitely needed those lessons. Lisa has it on her heart to start up a new program called “Kids in school.” A massive problem in Madagascar is lack of education. Families don’t have enough money to keep their kids in school. Only 6% of teenagers finish school. Many children are not going to school! It cost’s around $6-$8 a month for school fees. Lisa has already done some of the preparation work for this program, and we will be ready to run it soon.  If you’re interested in knowing more or sponsoring a child or two, email us at kidsinschool@csm.org.au  She’s a good girl Lisa!
 
We had a very talented crafty girl/great photographer etc… Named Angelina, She was so full of energy! And had a nice singing voice. She was so great with the Malagasy children, several random babies and kids fell asleep on her. Angelina taught some of our staff how to make a bunch of cool arty things like gift cards, earrings etc which we can sell in Australia to help support the ministry. Angelina is a fighter, a great woman.
 
My mum Theresa came! That was a funny experience, the people loved my mum and she seemed to love them too. Mum taught lots of computer skills to one of our staff members Lova. She brought from Australia about 30 kilos of clothing, swim wear, and many jumpers and scarves a lovely elderly lady, Pam from the Coast, knitted for children in the cold. She bought heaps of lollies and gave them out to hundreds of people and she helped to paint the toilet block of our orphanage. It was a great encouragement for me to have mum come and see the work I’m part of first hand. She was fun and a blessing.
 
Lauren!! Lauren came back again! She filmed up a storm.. A video clip is being made by her on the goals of CSM to see transformations in peoples lives. Lauren also helped to paint the toilet block at our orphanage. She is very creative at what she does… We’re so grateful for her hard work in making all the videos and doing all the things she does to help us show the world what we’re doing in Madagascar. Stay tuned for some of her videos.
 
Nadia a doctor, (known here as the doctor who smiles and prays) and Leisha a nurse (known here as the quiet angel) are currently here now. They are doing great things in Madagascar. We’ve been setting up temporary health clinics in Soavinandriana, Mahajanga and Tana. Freely treating many people that struggle to afford going to the doctor. We have a future goal to train up the locals to care for their own. This week we are heading south to Vangaindrano, with some stops along the way at unreached villages, treating the sick and giving out jumpers to children.
 
More volunteers are arriving soon, from Australia and Poland.
 
Some other news… In Mahajanga, we have been given 65 hectares of great land, on four different blocks. Not far from the town. Paper work for 15 hectares of that land is done, and in our name. Our staff members Fidy and Nina are doing a great job there keeping things running there.
 
We have got the volunteers to do swimming lessons on 3 afternoons in Mahajanga, many people young and old die from drowning in Madagascar because they don’t know how to swim. One of our staff members, Fidelice, had a brother who drowned at the beach we taught at.
 
The orphanage progress in Soavinandriana is great! All the outer walls and internal rooms have been bricked up completely. We are working on the roof now.
 
CSM carpentry in Mahajanga is working very well, we’ve made lots of furniture for our base houses,and bunk beds, windows, and doors for the orphanage in Soavinandriana. We’ve also made 14 bee houses for CSM Honey in Vangaindrano. CSM Carpentry is  making some money and we are building up a clientele. The most exciting thing is we have the most skilled carpenter in Mahajanga and the surrounding 100 km radius, training up 4 interns. One day we’ll be able to give more responsibility to these interns.
  
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Brendan Singhdeo
Brendan Singhdeo
Chosen Servant Ministries
csm.org.au