“We do not remember days; we remember moments.”
— Cesare Pavese
Meet our Team
Founder and President
Daniel is a Child and Youth Care specialist. He has worked in schools, hospitals and nonprofits for over a decade. He founded Hay Kanto with his former colleagues from the American School: Laura, Carolyn, Brian and Martine in 2013.
Celine is a proud mother of 3. She is a dedicated Community Mobilizer in Androhibe. She is the one who regularly watches over our kids and their families. She has faithfully been part of Hay Kanto since the start in 2013.
Child and Youth worker
Fara has been with Hay Kanto since 2013. She owns a local school bus company. On her spare-time she volunteers at Hay Kanto as a Child and Youth life coach. She also helps plan for our activities in the community.
Child and Youth worker
Hasina is an education enthusiast. She has had a long career as an elementary school teacher. She is the one who designs our education events, including lesson plans. She has been with us for nearly a decade now.
Our current partners
EPP Androhibe Antananarivo
The EPP Soamandrakizay Androhibe is the only public school in our community. Thanks to a partnership with them, we have a free permanent space to host our activities. If you would like to support "EPP Androhibe", check our "Contact us" page.
Culture Connect, USA
CultureConnect, through their unique program, MadagascarConnect partners with Hay Kanto and other grassroot nonprofits in Madagascar to foster cultural understanding, collaboration and reciprocal learning between American and Malagasy youth.
Stories 4 Strength, USA
S4S is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives and communities of vulnerable children by providing educational, emotional & social support through free arts programming. Daniel, HK's founder, has joined S4S' board of trustees in Aug 2022.
American School of Antananarivo
ASA is an International K-12 IB school offering the PYP, MYP and DP. It is an inclusive and caring community that embraces diversity, nurtures inquiry, integrity and innovation to prepare students for future challenges. ASA is proud that the founding members of Hay Kanto are former ASA teachers.
British School of Madagascar
BSM is an international school offering a high quality, contemporary education taught to the internationally acclaimed British curriculum. Its mission is the creation of an educational experience in which children are supported to reach their full potential.
BSM is our vital partner for our Community Science club program.
Hay Kanto Community
Hay Kanto exists because you support us through your donations, advice, words of encouragement and volunteering time.
Thank you so much!
Our past projects
Bus Stop project is scaling up
In 2014, we officially moved to Androhibe at a rented place with a big garden to host the children for our community arts class. We were able to scale up the Bus Stop Project (now called, Education days) thanks to a grant offered by the French Embassy in Madagascar. This grant presented us with multiple opportunities to serve the children: more communities reached (Androhibe, Ivandry and Alarobia), photography classes and multiple field trips for the kids.
Bus Stop: The beginning
The Bus stop project was our first ever activity when we just started in 2013. It consisted of an open art-class that we held at a local bus stop on Tuesdays and Thursdays using an old phonebooth base as table. We would bring arts supplies to the bus stop and the children who were begging around the nearby mall would come along and practice arts and basic literacy skills with us. As our classes grew popular, we quickly went from 6 shy children to more than 50. Due to security reason and the interest the community had on our initiative, we decided to fundraise to get ourselves a permanent space. Thanks to Laura Perry's family donation, we were able to secure a new space for our activity in Androhibe.
Hay Kanto featuring WWF Madagascar
In 2014, Hay Kanto partnered with WWF Madagascar to host and itinerary wildlife photography exhibition: "Regard sur Madagascar". As part of the partnership, we have organized an arts fair for the Grand Opening of our arts gallery space featuring WWF photography collection and we also held series of educational activities with the kids on the theme of wildlife and conservation during which WWF's photographs would be exhibited as well for visitors to enjoy.
Photo credit: from WWF Madagascar album
Partnership with Exxon Mobil
Thanks to a partnership with Exxon Mobil in Madagascar in 2015, we were able to give more specific classes to other group of children of youth such as a special arts class for children and youth with intellectual disabilityand this was on top of the education days we would usually have with the street children.
I play, I Learn
I play, I learn was Hay Kanto's largest activity. It was supported by Oak Foundation and McLarney Construction. This project consisted of play-based education supports for underprivileged children in seven different centers and charity schools in Antananarivo, Madagascar. I play I learn reached 1,600 children yearly for 3 years and was entirely piloted and supervised by our volunteer friend, Cecile Collas and her team.
Hay Kanto featuring Unicef Madagascar
On several occasion, we had the opportunity to collaborate with UNICEF Madagascar for essential events around community education. During the polio Outbreak in 2015 and 2016, Hay Kanto kids organized series of arts-based events with UNICEF during which our children would perform for their communities to sensitize them about the importance of being alive, healthy and vaccinated against polio. Our collaboration with UNICEF started then until now. We worked together during the Plague outbreak in 2017 and also on their major promotional event the "Journey of the life of the child" during which Hay Kanto set up and ran their "child play and learn space".
Girls' wellness club
During the glabal COVID pandemic, our volunteer friends Georgina Reilly and Jennifer Fitia, two students from the American School of Antananarivo, started the "The Girl Wellness club" with the distribution of re-usable, washable sanitary pads for our girls to help alleviate period poverty in our community. This initiative soon after turned into a "mental health club" where our girls would safely meet, discuss and exchange about their wellbeing and how they cope with the worry and stress caused by the pandemic.
Hay Kanto's contribution to the Great South of Madagascar during to the Hunger Crisis
In 2021, moved by the life-threatening hunger crisis in the Great South of Madagascar, Hay Kanto partnered with a local business owner in Beloha Androy, Mme Delice and Caticia our proxy, to serve extremely underprivileged children from a local church. Hay Kanto donated to arts supplies and food packages for their very Sunday school.
Hay Kanto Arts Shows with Dzama Cocktail Café and friends
To fundraise for our activities with the children and our operational costs, Hay Kanto used to host arts sales featuring Malagasy and few international artists. Proceeds would be split in two. Half of which would go to our partner artists and the remaining half for our charity work. Most of our shows were jointly organized with Dzama Cocktail Café who generously partnered with us on those events. Our last show was in 2019 in Nosy Be at the Tamana Guest house. Due to Covid, we have cancelled on that activity until present.
Youth Full of Hope with Grandir Dignement
Youth full of hope is a post-carceral resilience program led by Hay Kanto in concert with Grandir Dignement (GD) our implementing partner. Youth full of hope gave counselling sessions and vocational training for the youth as they learn to own their life back after harsh prison time. Additionally, we also provided continuous capacity building sessions on "post-carceral care" to our implementing partner.
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