Investing in Women's Education in Madagascar
Nofy i Androy takes the burden of putting a girl through school off parents by financially supporting girls and women in need. Students are given aid to pay for university tuition and fees, books, and professional tutors.
What We Do
The Nofy I Androy program is carefully designed to provide adolescent girls the life skills, awareness of their bodies, and educational support and sponsorship needed to remain in school. Our program allows young girls to resist pressure to enter into early marriage or premature pregnancy or sexual relationships, and to become confident change leaders.
Students sucess rates at NiA in 2018-2019
9th Grade 64.28%
10th Grade 92.39%
11th Grade 93.33%
'Nofy i Androy' | ˈn(y)o͞ofē ē ändro͞oē | in the Malagasy language means, Dreams of Androy. The Androy region is a semi-arid zone in southern Madagascar, known as the Land of the Thorns, for the widespread prevalence of the ecologically unique spiny forest.
The purpose of introducing computers and wifi to NiA is for students to build on IT skills, capacity building for staff, students, and the organization, as well as serving as an income generation for maintenance of our technologies. NiA is a small non-profit who, for so long, did not have the ability to introduce computers in the facility. This project was introduced by, and will be led by the Program Director, Mélodie Paubert--a Malagasy student from Androy studying at the University of Washington (UW) and directing Nofy i Androy as because of her passion for women empowerment and women in technology, especially in her own hometown.
The idea of having technology at NiA came to her when she entered Odegaard Library on the UW campus in 2016. She was shocked to see more computers than students present on the second floor. She began to imagine the NiA facility to have computers and what the impact would be like on the students, the staff, the organization and the locals in Androy. As someone who also grew up in Androy without computers and electricity, she is thrilled by her educational experience at UW. She has learned many skills that she wishes to teach teachers, tutors, students and staff at NiA to improve the education quality of the non-profit program. Upon her graduation in March 2019, she plans to travel back to Madagascar to lead workshops to teach introductory Microsoft application (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, and other fundamental basic computer skills which help students and locals students develop IT skills and research techniques to enhance student learning experience.
Additionally, Melodie hopes to recruit foreign volunteers, especially students at her Almamater - the University of Washington - to join her in leading this IT program in Madagascar. Foreign volunteers who qualify are also able to lead other skillful workshops in their field of expertise to help NIA students with personal growth as women in Madagascar.
Examples of these workshops include but are not limited to: entrepreneurship, Business, Women in Development, Sex Education, Women's rights & issues and Women's health as well as many other possible programs.
For more information on our volunteer program contact or visit our project page.