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Students from Madagascar mobilize funds for tsunami survivors

US$ 225 raised for the purchase of UNICEF schools-in a box

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR, January 6, 2005 - Some thirty students from a local school in the nation’s capital cramped into the UNICEF Representative’s Office in Antananarivo today to present funds they had donated and collected from other students to help child survivors of the Asian Tsunami Disaster.

“We would like you to give these funds to children who can no longer go to school, because we realize how important it is for them to have some sort of a normal life,” said one of the students to Barbara Bentein, the UNICEF Representative. “We are now going to make a poster and a television spot that we hope will mobilize other students around the country to also give to the children affected by this disaster,” she added.

The students, who are part of La Clairefontaine School and L’Association Jeunes du Monde have been deeply affected by the images and stories from the Tsunami disaster. “We cannot imagine what it must feel like for these children; that is why we wanted to help,” said another student.

“We will ensure that your donation of US$ 225 reaches UNICEF France so that they can  purchase schools in a box as you have requested,” said Barbara Bentein.

The students promised that they would be sending additional funds to UNICEF over the coming days.

For further information, please contact:

Misbah M. Sheikh, UNICEF Madagascar, + 261-20 22 626 45/46, msheikh@unicef.org




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