Charitable efforts gets island reward
A LLANGADOG fundraiser has had her good work honoured in Madagascar.
Theresa Haine, has had her charity efforts rewarded and has been made a Chevalier de l'Ordre National Malagasy (Knight of the National Order of Madagascar) for her work as co-ordinator of charity, Money for Madagascar.
Theresa started her work with the poor in Madagascar in 1967 when she taught at a rural secondary school with no electricity and no running water. She said after seeing the poverty on the island she had to help.
"On completing my teaching assignment in 1971, I knew I couldn't just walk away.
"Having seen the poverty, but also the ingenuity and hard work of the Malagasy people I was determined to find a way to help.
"So in 1986, when Swansea Quakers founded the first British charity dedicated to helping Madagascar, I jumped at the chance to get involved."
After becoming a trustee and then co-ordinator of Money for Madagascar, Theresa has dedicated 27 years helping poverty-stricken residents on the island and now her team at the charity sends more than £250,000 a year to help Malagasy-run projects across the island.
Theresa said the charity has not only helped the Malagasy people with money, but it has also provided friendship to those living on the island.
Money for Madagascar has helped to build more than 100 classrooms, planted forests the size of 60 football pitches and has fed and educated thousands of children.
After her knighthood, Theresa added: "As the sun shone on the green, white and red of the Welsh and Malagasy flags we gave thanks for the friendship between our people — for those who have gone before us, and those whose lives still depend on us."