“AINA” VILLAGE – NEW LIFE
Charline Rasoamanandray DW
“Our apostolic commitments favor the development of the whole person. To meet current challenges, we work to liberate the individual and promote the development of peoples so that “they become architects of their own destiny”. (R.L. n° 3)*
“Aina” Village as its name indicates, expresses LIFE to all those who live or come there. Our purpose as Daughter of Wisdom is to promote life of every human being and of the whole being. The promotion comes in various forms: rural promotion, school canteen and the Aina village itself.
Home visits helped us to notice the existing reality of the peasants: a great number of illiterates, degradation of the environment and a lack of competence and creativity. In front of this situation, we, the Sisters, with the help of laypersons and in close collaboration with the local authorities of the municipality and of the Church, provide alphabetization sessions lasting four months. In general, 80% of 15 to 20 participants by promotion manage to escape illiteracy.
In addition, the Village "Aina" provides plants and techniques of culture for reforestation of fruit trees and essential oils. Currently, the people’s lifestyle (source of income, environment ...) is improving. Now, many people are taking advantage of the price of camphor leaves and geranium sold and distilled at "Aina" Village; the use of economic cookers being on the rise, it reduces the use of firewood. Dozens of groups formed of 7 to 10 families now have financial autonomy thanks to short cycle formation and support in seeds and fertilizers. They can realize their own projects.
"A hungry stomach has no ears". More than 150 children from poor families eat in the canteen during the school year. Associations and organizations, with the active participation of parents, help us provide food and school supplies to the children. Life is favored at the base!
AINA VILLAGE - A NEW LIFE
“Develop the best in ourselves and help others reach their full potential.” (R.L. n° 20)* Our activities on the farm and garden lead to autonomy and become an agricultural laboratory. We receive people and groups who enjoy the space for rest and relaxation. Since the place is well kept and the village is quiet, all who come are satisfied, happy and enjoy it.
Following our Founders, we feel that all these activities provide joy and happiness to ourselves and to our collaborators. Indeed, “Aina Village” is a new Life.
*R.L. Rule of Life of the Daughters of Wisdom