Empowering students for a brighter future
Anjiro Initiative is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that enables disadvantaged students in Madagascar to attend primary and secondary school through its annual fundraising effort. We invest in local organizations and believe that grassroots empowerment leads to long-term social change.
This is the seventh year of fundraising for our students in Anjiro. Thank you for helping us reach our first goal of $7,000 to cover program and student fees for 100+ students in the 2020-2021 academic year.
We are excited to announce that we have secured a significant amount of corporate grants to support our operating costs, and are now raising our goal to $15,000 to cover the following activities:
$5,000: will cover grant-making, which enables 100+ students to enroll in school (target met!)
$7,000: will cover the above + in-country program support (target met!)
$10,000: will cover the above + charitable solicitations registration (target met!)
$12,000: will cover the above + legal fees (target met!)
$15,000: will cover the above + general funds for operating expenses (target met!)
$15,000+: 100% of all funds raised after $15,000 will be directed to covering student fees for additional students
WHAT IS ANJIRO
Anjiro is a small farming, rural community in Eastern Madagascar. The community is also home to six schools. Popular cultural activities include hosting “famadihanas” (a sacred Malagasy ritual that honors the lives of beloved ancestors), engagements, marriages, and circumcision. Residents often encounter hardships stemming from limited access to education, employment, health care, global markets, and protections against the harmful effects of climate change.
HOW WE STARTED
In 2010, Clifford Duong quit his job at a Fortune 500 company in the San Francisco Bay Area to join the Peace Corps and serve for three years in Eastern Madagascar. He found himself living in a rural community named Anjiro over 11,000 miles away from home. There, he learned the meaning of respect, family, and his unearned privilege — themes that deeply affected him as a first generation Vietnamese American and son of former refugees during the Vietnam War. Over three years, Clifford learned to speak the Bezanozano dialect of Malagasy, patiently taught by his neighbors in Anjiro.
Throughout his service, Clifford was struck by one question time and time again: could he pay for a neighbor’s child to enroll in school? Providing support to individuals instead of the community at large did not fit within the core mandate of the Peace Corps, so upon his return stateside Clifford established an annual crowdfund to support former neighborhood kids to enroll in school.
After five years, the crowdfund grew five-fold to include the whole community of Anjiro. Seeing how this program simultaneously excited the community in Madagascar and supporters back home in the US, Clifford realized the timing was right to formalize the work to aspire to even greater impact. Anjiro Initiative was legally incorporated in 2019 with a founding team of diverse and talented leaders from the public and private sectors, think tanks, foundations, and civil society. Anjiro Initiative’s aim is to benefit more students and disadvantaged communities across all of Madagascar.
WHAT WE DO
Anjiro Initiative relies on community contributions, which it uses to provide grants to schools to cover the cost of schooling fees for disadvantaged students in Madagascar. Since 2014, our community-driven organization has supported more than 600 disadvantaged students with opportunities to enroll in primary and secondary school in Anjiro.
HOW FUNDS ARE USED
We earmarked 100% of the first $7,000 we raised for programming and school fees for students in Anjiro. Funds raised above $7,000 and up to and equal $15,000 will go to the general fund for operating expenses. We will again direct 100% of all funds raised after $15,000 to cover student fees.
Your donations are used to provide educational grants to local schools in Anjiro. Anjiro Initiative partners with school administration to identify students in need of financial support and disburses tuition costs directly to the schools.
Your donations are used to provide educational grants at these local schools in Anjiro:
Collège Sainte Chantal Sabotsy Anjiro (Primary to Secondary)
Fiangonana Jesosy Kristy eto Madagasikara (FJKM) Lovasoa Sabotsy Anjiro (Primary to Lower Secondary)
Lycée d'Enseignement Général Sabotsy Anjiro (Secondary)
Donations are accepted from outside the US and the following US states:
Coming Soon! We are getting permits to fundraise in the following states. If you’d like to donate but don’t see your state, please send us a message so we can register our charity in your state.
CORPORATE EMPLOYEE MATCHING GIFTS
Double your contribution! Find out if your or your partner’s company does corporate matching by contacting your Human Resources department. In most cases you send the company your donation receipt or enter your receipt into your company’s social impact web portal, and they will match your donation on a 1:1 basis for every dollar. This is an extremely powerful way to directly benefit the lives of more students. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us and we will assist you.
A heartfelt thank you for your support from the students, staff and board of Anjiro Initiative. Your contribution makes a direct impact on students' lives.