05 December 2002
Volunteers in Madagascar celebrated International Volunteer Day (IVD) in Madagascar by distributiong clothing, medicine and food to the elderly and disabled as well as to malnourished children.
In the capital Antananarivo, representatives of the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) visited a centre for mentally disabled children. The centre, founded by the Italian Catholic Mission, provides home to some 22 children. UN Volunteers provided the centre with six months' worth of medicine. Medicine in the island is very expensive and many people cannot afford it.
UNV also visited a centre for social assistance that provides primary education for the poor and provides meals for children and the elderly. The UNV programme distributed clothing and household linen to 33 women who are assisted by the centre.
In Tuléar, south of Madagascar, UNV visited a local hospital and contributed food such as rice to help the many malnourished children staying there.