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 Project: Mahela rebuilding project 
 Location: Mahela, Madagascar 
The Renovation of a private public primary school

Help us raise €9963 to build 2 classrooms, an office and a toilet block for The Kindergarten of Joy. This would allow 80 children to stay out of child labour and human trafficking, instead they go to school for free, and hundreds more in the future.

About the Kindergarten of Joy

The Kindergarten of Joy is a school in Mafinga Iringa in Tanzania. This school gives free education to benefit the less fortunate children and families in their area. To give all the children a chance at education without dropouts. This school uses a very “modern” approach where they do not differentiate between children with different religions or tribes. Everyone is equal at this place. At this moment there are already 4 existing classrooms and there are 13 teachers working, all teaching different classes.

The the pictures below of the Kindergarten of Joy in Tanzania.

What is the problem of the Kindergarten of Joy?

Currently there are many problems for the Kindergarten of Joy. Problems like there is not enough money for food, teachers are underpaid (and sometimes not even paid), there are not enough facilities to teach, there is no money for school uniforms and transportation is a problem for children to get efficiently to and from school.

Help us raise a minimum of €17.617 to build 2 classroom buildings for the Mahela school in Madagascar. This would allow 100 children, and hundreds more in the future, to stay out of child labour and instead go to school for free. Those children aged 3-15 years old are working now.

About the Mahela community school

The PPE Mahela school is a community initiative school. The school offers free education, moral care and support to the 500 children in the fishing village of Mahela on the East-Coast of Madagascar.


Mahela is the chief town of the Administrative and Pedagogical Zone (ZAP) of this corner of the Pengalanes canal. In this school, which consists of 4 buildings, 2 of which, with two classrooms, need to be renovated, classes are given for pre-school, primary and secondary students. The children who attend the extra-curricular and primary school are between 3 and 15 years old. The middle school students go to school until they are 18 years old, for those who continue their studies.

What problems are the school facing?

In this school, which consists of 4 buildings, 2 of which, with two classrooms, need to be renovated, classes are given for pre-school, primary and secondary students.

At the moment, children go to school only in the morning because of the lack of classrooms and teachers sometimes teach two grades at the same time. Some children only go to school for two hours sometimes.

The classrooms

What are the problems for the children?

The school is located in one of the poorest areas Madagascar. Children aged 3-15 years old do not have the time to go to school because they have to work in order to eat. If they stop working, they can not afford to buy food for the day. 


Given the state of the schools in this district, many children cannot go to school because of the lack of suitable classrooms to accommodate them, due to the lack of furniture and teaching and school resources. The boys help their fathers to repair fishing nets and dugout canoes, and the younger ones go into the forest to collect bundles of wood. The girls help their mothers to weave mats or baskets and to take care of the little ones.


If we build the classrooms we can offer the children to attend school for free. Once built The Next Smile will remain to support the school by donating for food and teachers. This way children get free education and do not have to work since the school can provide their students with three meals a day. 


To feed a child 3 meals a day for a month costs as little as €3.50. This is the same price as a cup of coffee in Europe. 


The Next Smile and Amicale Razanamanga

In 2018, the villagers had requested the association Amicale Razanamanga, an association that works in this region and has already to its credit, several rehabilitation or construction of schools for nearly fifteen years, to help them. This request was endorsed by the representative of the Malagasy National Education of the district, the head of CISCO (CIrconscription SCOlaire) at the time.

The Next Smile will bring this project to a success with such locally established and experienced partners. 

What we can make happen with your help

With your support The Next Smile is able to (re)built the school with food and better teaching facilities. We intend to raise a minimum of €17.617 by the 31st of May 2022, which will allow us to build 2 classroom buildings and get children out of child labour.


When we have reached the minimum amount needed we will continue to raise funds in order to be able to keep providing the school with money for food on a long term basis. With every €3.50 raised a child gets provided with three meals a day for a month. This €3.50 makes all the difference in the world.

The Classroom

Why €17.617?


Please press on the Excel Icon to have an overview of the expected costs of the project. The donations are solely used for this project and do not pay for operating costs of The Next Smile. 100% of your donations goes to the project.

Why donate to us? What will happen with your donation exactly?

100% of the donations will be used for the Mahela school in Madagascar. The Next Smile takes 0% of the raised money for operational costs since every volunteer working for the charity is unpaid. 


We also make sure that there are no middlemen involved between The Next Smile and the project in Madagascar. We are in direct contact with the director of the school. This way there are no third parties involved who can make a profit on any transaction.


When we have reached our fundraising goal, a volunteer of The Next Smile will be present at the school in Madagascar to personally supervise the whole project. This volunteer will then ensure that the funds are used solely for the benefit of the children. Costs of materials and labour will be paid directly to the seller by the volunteer so there is no third party who will benefit from your donations. These are the measures we are taking to make sure that 100% of your donations are used to benefit the children who will use the school. 


Please help us reach our goal to provide education for children in Madagasacar.

Please donate and help us fund this project.

Additional information 

Classes from Monday to Friday

  • Maths

  • English

  • French

  • Malagasy

  • Local languages

  • Geography

  • Sports

  • History

  • Creative arts

Classes are provided from Monday untill Friday from October till July.

There are 3 teachers and 5 FRAM teachers (parents association).

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