Community Involvement

The slideshow above displays pictures shown from the March 2023 distribution of donations. Each family received a 50 kg. bag of rice, 1 liter of oil and 5 kg. of beans.

Making a CHANGE in Madagascar

Famine Relief

In the spring of 2020, the Food Assistance Project was initiated to raise funds to support people in the southern region of Madagascar who were experiencing famine due to drought. This crisis has unfolded while the nation is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to widespread food insecurity. The United Nations estimates that 1.9 million Malagasy people have been severely affected.1 This crisis also impacts the eleven Seventh-Day Adventist churches in southern Madagascar, including 495 families and over 1,691 individuals. Some of our church members in this region have reported scavenging for insects, mud, and plant roots to alleviate hunger pains and avoid starvation.

The effects of the food shortage prompted MSCID students to formulate a fundraising strategy utilizing budgeting, grantsmanship and fundraising principles to raise funds for the South West Conference of Madagascar. Such humanitarian and developmental activities are part of the Community & International Development Program (CIDP) curriculum. Students have reached out to Seventh-day Adventist unions, conferences, churches and schools in North America, and the considerable financial support we have received has had a tremendous impact. The ongoing famine has compelled us to continue this campaign for famine relief. Andrews University is collecting donations to provide food to our Malagasy church family.

A donation of $75 can feed a family of four for one month. In addition to staple foods like rice, beans, and oil, your donation will also provide long-term support by helping families build a sustainable source of income through micro-enterprises in trade and farming.

Our goal is $ 35,000

by the end of this year

Orphans & Vulnerable Children

This project sponsors roughly 100 children located in central and eastern part of Madagascar. We support 30 orphans combined at 2 orphanages, 35 autistic children at an Autistic Center, 47 vulnerable and orphaned students at a school, and foster families in various locations in east Madagascar. The students we have been supporting are attending high school and university, or starting their own small businesses. Each time we go on a Study Tour we select the projects and beneficiaries we plan to sponsor. During 2020 and 2021 we were unable to go, so we decided to continue with the projects and beneficiaries we had already chosen.

A donation of $75 supports a child for a year.

Total need $ 7,500

by the end of this year


Materials & Videos

Here are some materials that you can use to assist in spreading awareness about our fundraising efforts.

Making a CHANGE in Madagascar - article

FOCUS magazine
Winter 2023 issue, p. 24

Making a CHANGE in Madagascar - video

Famine Relief and Orphans & Vulnerable Children.

Orphans & Vulnerable Children - Video

Hanitry Ny Ala Orphanage is one of the orphanages we assist by sponsoring  their orphans.

Famine Relief - Flyer

3.6 x 8.5 in
This flyer is good as an insert in your church bulletin or leaving in a stack for people to grab.

Famine Relief - Poster

11 x 17 in
Good for hanging up on a bulletin boards or on your office door.

Famine Relief - PPT

PowerPoint Slide
Can be used for mission spotlights, church announcements, etc.

How To Donate

We extend heartfelt gratitude to all our donors who have generously contributed to our fundraising campaigns so far. We are continuing these projects since the situation in Madagascar remains critical. Thank you for joining us in this effort to create positive change in the world.


  1. Click below and indicate in the comments section what project you would like to support; "Famine Relief" or "Orphans & Vulnerable Children"
  2. Send a check to the Office of Development. Please address checks to “Andrews University” with “CIDP-Famine Relief” or "CIDP-Orphans & Vulnerable Children" in the subject line. 


Mail Checks to:
Office of Development
8903 US Hwy 31
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0660

Donate HERE

NOTE: This project is a volunteer mission under the CIDP and Andrews University. Our department collaborates with the University’s Office of Development to simplify the process of contributing to the Madagascar Food Assistance Project. Although the automated response from the University thanks people for supporting the students, we want to emphasize that 100 percent of your donations go directly to the Malagasy people. We apologize for any confusion.


Have questions about our projects?

Feel free to email us at or call us at 269-471-6197.


1 Madagascar - Drought & Tropical Cyclone Response Fact Sheet #2 Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 - Madagascar. ReliefWeb. (2023, May 12).