The sight of canoes brought the entire village to the riverbank.
Not only were these craft a spectacle – the first to have braved the still treacherous river since last week’s deadly flooding – they also carried a cargo so precious that even the elderly residents of Mangabe had come down to welcome the return of HoverAid.
For the last seven days, Mangabe’s residents have survived on whatever could be carried as they fled their homes before the fast-rising river, when they returned, they ate what they could forage from the rotting fields or catch in the river.
Now, with shrieks of elation,
the children jump from the bank into the eddy at the edge of the river where the canoes are landing, the anticipation of a good meal combined with the joy Madagascar’s kids manage to find in every situation.
The canoes bring two tons of rice, four hundred kilos of planting seed, two hundred litres of oil, one hundred kilos of sugar, as well as soap, salt, matches and candles.
These life-giving gifts from HoverAid’s supporters are enabling a community in
desolation to get back on their feet in the knowledge that they are loved and cared for from all across the world.
From Mangabe, thank you!