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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Partnering with Mercy Ships

6.5 month old Haingo weighing in at 4.8lbs

Mercy Ships left Madagascar in June - but we never get tired of hearing about lives they were able to help and save during their 2 year stay on the east coast of Madagascar.

In Haingo's case, MAF helped transport baby and mother to the ship after the screening team saw her in the village. At 4.8lbs and half a year old, Haingo was on death's door if nutritional intervention wasn't carried out immediately! Thus began a journey of plumping this wee one up to prepare her body for surgery on the cleft palate. You can read more of her story and other's here.

Baby Haingo post-op

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Return to the Croc Farm

Nearby our house is the Croc Farm. Even though its main purpose is to raise crocodiles---they really are lazy and boring creatures to observe. Our family likes going and feeding the lemurs there instead. It had been a couple of years since we went, and Calvin specifically asked on his 5th birthday in May if we could go again. He didn't really remember it too well from the last time, so for him it was all new and exciting. (And the other kids really enjoyed it also.)

These boys  :) Pure thrill waiting and watching for the lemurs to snatch another piece of banana out of their hands.

This is the Sifaka lemur, which there are subspecies of also. There are 101 species and subspecies of lemurs in Madagascar.

An owl in one of the cages at the Croc Farm.

These girls are getting so big!

This one is almost getting too big for Dad to pick up!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Gifts to the MAF Vehicle Garage

A few months ago the MAF Vehicle Garage was abuzz with excitement over a new shipment. Even Rob struggled to sleep the evening the transport truck made it to Tana after that long 3 month journey from England where it departed from.

Within this shipment was a whole pile of donated tools, toolboxes, and other equipment from a vehicle shop that had closed its doors. As well as a brand new 4000kg vehicle lift that was donated. The guys here are so thankful for these!

A new car lift being unloaded from the shipping container. This lift will be able to lift the larger vehicles that we often work on.

A happy group of guys at the MAF vehicle garage. 
Yes, the facility is constructed entirely out of used shipping containers.

New toolbox ready to help organize and keep his goodies.

New vehicle lift doing a perfect job.

The vehicle maintenance garage that MAF runs in Madagascar is helping keep other missionaries' and NGO workers' vehicles in good repair. Some missionaries require their vehicles to be fixed after every trip to the bush. The driving conditions here are just so poor, it's difficult to describe. Even here in Tana, some of the roads leading to churches or even homes are so rough and narrow, that vehicle maintenance is not something that can be put off. There isn't a shortage of shops around the city, but the type of maintenance being done in these roadside shops is less than desirable, to be sure. You never know what part might have been swapped out during your visit, and because of the difficulty to source parts in this country, many things have to be "bricolaged" (as we say). This is basically the french word used for "crafts" or "designed" (in the context of creating crafts). When Rob inspects cars that have had maintenance done at roadside shops, or even other shops you would think are better, he is shocked at the repairs he has discovered. Much of the time this is due to poor tooling and the lack of replacement parts resources--not to mention trying to save money and doing a job for as little as possible.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Summary of Our Last Three Months!

Please click below to view our June News. It should be arriving in your postal mail box or inbox shortly.

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