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Anosy Villages Integrated Action Project. Based both on growing consensus regarding best practices for development initiatives and a broadened definition of health to include evangelism, education, clean water and sanitation, modern agricultural practices, traditional primary health services and access to credit through micro-lending programs. PROJECT 48IV-G2050. Goal: $54,000.
The AVIA project staff conduct their village health and development program as a ministry of Christ to bring the good news of Jesus in word and life-enhancing individual and communal deeds. They assess needs and plan responses with village residents in all these areas, one village at a time. A distinctive feature of the project’s resource stewardship will be how it builds upon and integrates the strengths of already-existing programs of the Church, NGOs, government and business entities to enhance their functioning and collaboration, reduce unnecessary expense, and avoid duplication.
Anosy village children served by AVIA
The AVIA team, comprised of a public health nurse, a social worker and development staff move from one village to the next within the Anosy region (North and West of Fort Dauphin) in the process of engaging villagers in assessing and addressing needs they identify for improvements in community health and well-being. Their work is assisted by collaboration with village catechists living and serving in each village.
Examples of projects completed include the construction and renovation of numerous village schools, wells and clean water, latrines, women's commercial gardening, church renovation, enhanced production techniques in rice cultivation, emergency food and medical care during floods and locust infestations,renovation of Bible School student dorms, classrooms, water and sanitation, immunization services and pre and post natal education programs, and continuuing education conferences for village catechists and government community health workers. AVIA was recently successful in obtaining a development grant to advance construction of village latrines to prevent seasonal illness and death due to contaminated food and water.