AMPANIHY, Madagascar – People in remote areas throughout the district of Ampanihy are now getting visits from health care workers and community health volunteers thanks to the all-new Ford Ranger won by ADRA Madagascar.
The truck was donated by longtime Ford partner Kjaer & Kjaer following a Facebook competition. ADRA Madagascar’s winning project consisted of providing health and nutrition training and seeds to households headed by women.
Nurses at the local health centers say one of the major problems they face is a lack of suitable transportation. ADRA’s Ford Ranger makes it possible for them to visit very remote areas for the first time to encourage the people living there to visit the health centers. Nurses Rasazy Fara and Rasazy Haicha say because of the trips they can now make, the rate of people visiting the health centers has increased significantly.
Fara, who heads the health center in Ankilabo and works with ADRA, said she is very happy for the service the organization is providing. “Because of ADRA’s Ranger, our health center could already attain and even exceed our objectives, especially in vaccinations, for this year.”
The Ampanihy project covers 1,600 square kilometers, all of it on rough terrain, and it’s anticipated the average monthly mileage put on the Ranger will be 2,000 to 3,000 kilometers.
ADRA Madagascar places such a value on this project it has featured the Ranger on the front page of its newsletter twice, to celebrate being awarded the prize and to announce the pickup’s arrival. “We are very happy and humbled to be chosen from so many projects,” they wrote.
Kjaer & Kjaer, which supplies vehicles to the aid and development sector, organized a number of events to celebrate its 50th anniversary, culminating in the donation of an all-new Ranger to a humanitarian, nonprofit project in Africa. Voters and a panel of experts, including Landon Tucker, export fleet sales manager, Ford Export and Growth, ultimately selected ADRA Madagascar’s Ampanihy project.
“The health centers provide a vital service to the region, and it’s important for the medical personnel to be able to reach people who would benefit from the care they offer. While it was difficult to select a single project from the many worthwhile ones, we are gratified to see the Ford Ranger is helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Ampanihy,” Tucker said.