Madagascar - Part 1

Madagascar - Narrative 1

On March 1, 2016 we traveled to Madagascar. We had 5 suitcases and one of them was filled only with shoes from bisgaard. We have previously traveled to Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania and know how much shoes and clothes are needed in this area.

We landed in the middle of the night then the day after we went to pick up our daughter Alice. Poverty was clear on the trip and at the orphanage itself. There were homeless children in the streets and despite the fact that schools are free, it isn’t available for everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the required school uniform and notebooks.

We chose to give some of the shoes to the orphanage Henintsoa, where Alice came from. She is the first Danish adoption from this orphanage. We also gave shoes to a school where children in very bad conditions received teaching.

In particular, we would like to tell you about the delivery of bisgaard shoes to the school. On the way we bought rice, beans, meat and oil, so all children could have a meal. We didn’t knew what to expect, but poverty was clear. All the children were in a big room regardless of age. When we arrived, everyone stood up and sang for us. They were hugely grateful for the food, shoes and clothes we brought with us. The shoes were much appreciated, and for some of the kids it was the first time they got a pair of new shoes. The kids were proud and happy.

At the school, there was an orphaned boy who only had flip flops on. Unfortunately, he couldn’t fit the shoes we brought in. The boy went on his way, but we wanted to find him again. We asked the teacher to ask the children, "Who is orphaned and has no shoes?". 7 children stood up. 7 children who live a life without parents and can’t afford shoes. We gave money to the teacher so she could buy a pair of shoes for all 7 orphaned children.