Christina Dodwell honoured for services to Geography
Christina has been given an award for outstanding services to Geography by The Spanish Geographical Society. Accepting her award – Christina said: "I'm just back from the Spanish Geographical Society's ceremony of Awards in Madrid - I had such a nice visit, they gave me a big welcome as did the press photographers and televsion – since my award was the top prize this year. It was an honour and a pleasure to receive the International Award, and a super audience at the ceremony, nearly a full house - a brilliant evening. My sincerest thanks to the SGE Committee and members for helping to make my visit so enjoyable." To see an interview with Christina on RTVe.es (Spanish news channel) please follow this link and drag the play head on the video progress bar to 10:30. The interviewer's questions are in Spanish with Christina's responses in English with Spanish subtitles. The interview runs until 16.41.
Ampefy Learning Centre Students are 100%
The Dodwell Trust learning centre in Ampefy this year saw its students achieve 100% success in the students taking and passing their exams. After many years of developing the school it's a real tribute to the pupils, teachers and staff for all their efforts in achieving such fantastic results. As the Dodwell Trust concentrates all it's efforts in developing the school and learning centre we hope to bring you more news of success soon.
Dodwell Trust funds tree planting project
The Trust has continued its funding of a tree planting programme in central Madagascar. Funds donated are helping to provide training to local people about tree planting, care and general habitat conservation. DEFI - local based NGO has over 20 years experience in helping to restore the central highland Tapia forest - providing a valuable habitat for many species of birds, insects, animals and plants.
Dodwell Trust volunteering and Access Madagascar Initiative (AMI)
The Dodwell Trusts volunteering programme has now been run in partnership with AMI since 2011. Since taking over, Access Madagascar Initiative A.M.I have built a classroom in Andasibe, refurbished and equipped 2 libraries, as well as constructing a new feeding area and kitchen at the Ampefy Learning Centre and are currently constructing a new learning facility for a local rural Malagasy village. AMI volunteers with Dodwell Trust support continue to train local english teachers, teach english in Schools and are helping locally based organisations in their sustainable development projects in conservation and education. For more information please visit their website: Access Madagascar Initiative
Wedding of Volunteers
Two of our volunteers in 2012, Jorel and Sophia, who fell in love in Madagascar, were married in spring 2014. Wishing them much happiness.
Read Sophia and Jorel's story