Synergy Flavors, Inc. is constructing two new primary schools in Antsirabe Nord and Menagisa, Madagascar, which join four previously built facilities funded by the company in partnership with the Madagascar Development Fund (MDF).
"By building schools in areas that lack an adequate number of facilities for the population, we are creating a strong foundation for Malagasy children and driving transformative change throughout the entire region," said Rod Sowders, president and ceo of Synergy Flavors. “In this area of the world, a widespread shortage of materials and access to secondary schooling continue to be challenges. This initiative is a way for Synergy Flavors to give back to the underserved community of vanilla growers and processors who have been at the heart of our success for decades.”
The schools are set to open in mid-2019. In 2016, Synergy Flavors completed the construction of two schools near Sambava, Madagascar, and two additional facilities were built last year in Antohomaro and Farahalana, Madagascar, to replace two others that were destroyed by Cyclone Enowa.
Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped countries. The Madagascar Development Fund is focused on improving the daily lives of the Malagasy people, in part by installing clean water systems, as well as by building and providing access to health centers and primary schools. According to the United Nations Development Program, school attendance in Madagascar is the third lowest in the world, behind only Haiti and Afghanistan.
“The four schools already funded by Synergy Flavors, and these two new ones under construction, make an important and welcomed contribution to furthering Madagascar’s policy of ‘education for all,’ increasing the job prospects of a significant number of children, and in due course, giving them the hope of a better, more prosperous future,” said Brian Donaldson, former British ambassador to Madagascar and patron of MDF.