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Azafady is a registered UK charity and Malagasy NGO, established in 1994, working in southeast Madagascar to alleviate poverty, improve well-being and protect beautiful unique environments.

The region in which Azafady works is home to a great variety of unique, rare and endangered plants, animals and eco-systems, but is also one of the poorest parts of the world.

As part of its work, Azafady runs the Pioneer Volunteer Programme. This programme provides a chance for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in a wide range of grassroots sustainable development projects requested by local communities.
Member since: 12 Dec 2006

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • Where possible and practical, Azafady uses only locally owned and operated suppliers and employs local people as guides to lead our groups of volunteers.
  • We ensure that our suppliers are supplying us with quality goods that have been sourced / grown locally wherever possible (with regard to food products)
  • Our local guides and staff are in full time employment with contracts, are treated as equals, paid a fair wage and not given an unreasonable workload.

Environmental responsibility

  • We are aware that wherever we go we are having an impact on the environment. We endeavour to minimize this impact and engage in projects that not only make the environment sustainable but contribute to improving it.
  • When visiting villages, group sizes are determined by what is appropriate to the area we are visiting and the job that we are doing. Use of motorised transport is kept to the minimum.
  • We use only farmed wood and we educate local people on the reasons for this. Camp-fires for 'ambience' are not allowed. Camping areas are selected in consultation with local people and in most cases are 'gifts' from the community; they rested for at least 6 weeks between visits.

Social responsibility

  • We plan volunteer programs in a way which maximizes the opportunity to meet and work alongside local people, learn about the local culture and experience the local way of life. We teach our volunteers to speak the local dialect of the Malagasy language
  • We provide employment for local people by using local guides and locally owned and operated services
  • We provide orientation to present a balanced view of the country, the people, our work and local culture and traditions, religion, body language and eating habits BEFORE any volunteer visits the field

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