The project in summary

The project in detail

Support to the cultural and artistic activities offered by the CAM Center for Art and Music in the city of Tuléar, Madagascar

  • 827 at-risk children and adolescents and 10 educators of the CAM.

The CAM began operations in January 2012, offering artistic training for children and adolescents already benefitting from social activities and health care provided by Bel Avenir, as well as other youths in Tuléar. In Tuléar there are no cultural or social programs aimed at the integration or inclusion of socio-economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth facing child labor, homelessness, drug abuse and child prostitution. This center represents a safe haven for the beneficiaries, where cultural diversity and exchange are promoted through group artistic pursuits.

The artistic activities (clarinet, guitar, Brazilian batucada, Gospel choirs, Madagascan rock, dance, capoeira) take place every day of the week. Instruments, materials and rooms are available for students who want to practice alone outside of class.

In 2013, Alta Mane supported the following activities and costs: daily music and dance classes, purchase and maintain of musical instruments, pay for personnel and purchase of a minibus for regional and national tours. The various musical activities (clarinet, guitar, Brazilian batucada, Gospel choirs, Madagascan rock) took place every day of the week. Instruments and rooms were made available to students who wanted to practice alone outside of class.

In 2014, Alta Mane supported the organization of 12 thematic festivals (one per month), created and managed by the students of the Cultural Management course, and a training workshop on the use of gigantic marionettes, with the participation of the French artists “Les Grandes Personnes.”

Between 2015 -2017, Alta Mane promoted the strengthening of the artistic and psycho-social support for young people who attend the centre with the purchase of new musical instruments and the support to the committees composed by educators and young members of the CAM for the coaching of the students most in need, with the artistic training of educators and the psycho-social training for peer-to-peer agents and with the evaluation of the impact of activities realized.

Bel Avenir

This Madagascan NGO was founded in 2003 to promote integrated development of the island. It is part of the Agua de Coco Foundation and undertakes projects in the education, social, health and environment fields. Bel Avenir considers it fundamental to provide the children and youths of Tuléar space and informal educational experience, also to support the integration of marginalized sectors of the young population (people with motor and sensory disorders, abused young women and young mothers, etc.).