Devastation in Madagascar

It seems like it’s been quite a journey already, but our work is just getting started. In the past few months Madagascar has been hit by 5 major storms – Cyclone Ana, Cyclone Batsirai, Cyclone Enmati, Tropical storm Dumako, and Cyclone Gombe. This unprecedented series of storms have brought widespread destruction to the island. Thousands of families have lost their homes, fields, cattle, and food stock. Lack of clean water is causing the spread of diseases, including covid. 

You may be surprised to hear this, given the lack of coverage in the media. While we have witnessed over the past few years just how closely we are all connected around the world, there are still corners of the globe that are being forgotten. This lack of awareness and understanding is a threat to us all. 

The Voice of Vanilla team in Madagascar is poised to give this story the in-depth coverage it requires. Our director, Gaelle Borgia, has already been reporting on the situation. It is likely that nearly all of the vanilla crops will be lost, and vines will need to be replanted. The farmers we have been filming have a long road of rebuilding ahead of them.

We will continue to share Gaelle’s news reports. Meanwhile it is critical to get our team out to the field to document the experiences of the vanilla farmers. You can help us by making a tax deductible donation, thanks to our fiscal sponsor, From the Heart Productions.

Make checks payable to From the Heart Productions and indicate “Voice of Vanilla” on the memo line. Mail to: 

​​From The Heart Productions
1455 Mandalay Beach Road
Oxnard, California 93035-2845