Founder of the “Village of Joy” school, Charles Mitsakis was born in Madagascar and has spent his entire teaching career in the French overseas departments and territories. Back home for retirement, he founded the “Village de la Joie” school with his wife Simone, about twenty kilometers from the capital Antananarivo. A CM2 class from the “Village of Joy” participated in “Seeds of Hope”, working remotely with another CM2 class from the Bauges massif in Savoie.
Even if the internet connection is unstable and of very poor quality, we will do everything to keep in contact with the children of the Village de la Joie.
As of March 20, no confinement. The planes are supposed to be stranded, but some are still circulating.
On the morning of Monday March 23, Madagascar was placed in confinement. What is happening at Village de la Joie? Charles brings together three children from "Seeds of Hope". They explain to us.
Kevin exposes the situation on March 27, in the closed school. Of the 297 children attending school, about 20 live in the “household”, the small boarding school for those in need of shelter and a family.
We worked with a whole class, the CM2 class, who spoke over the internet with a class from the Massif des bauges in Savoie (Félicien's class).
Four students from this Malagasy class live on site at the household, a small boarding school for those who have no family nearby.
These children are now in 5th grade and we went back to see them a few weeks ago to work on the film editing with them. We are counting on them to be the mediators of the film in Madagascar.