Wauconda, IL — Synergy Flavors, Inc. is continuing its educational support for children in Madagascar with the construction of two schools in Antsirabe Nord and Menagisa, according to the supplier. The new classrooms join four previously constructed schools in the country funded by the company through a partnership with the Madagascar Development Fund (MDF).
“By building schools in areas that lack an adequate number of facilities for the population, we are creating a strong foundation for Malagasy children and driving transformative change throughout the entire region,” says Rod Sowders, president and CEO of Synergy Flavors. “In this area of the world, a widespread shortage of materials and access to secondary schooling continue to be challenges. This initiative is a way for Synergy Flavors to give back to the underserved community of vanilla growers and processors who have been at the heart of our success for decades.”
The new schools, which are currently under construction, will be completed and opened by mid-2019, according to the supplier. In 2016, Synergy completed construction of two schools near Sambava, Madagascar, and two additional facilities were built this past year to replace schools destroyed by Cyclone Enowa.
“The four schools already funded by Synergy Flavors, and these two new ones under construction, make an important and welcomed contribution to furthering Madagascar’s policy of ‘education for all,’ increasing the job prospects of a significant number of children, and in due course, giving them the hope of a better, more prosperous future,” says Brian Donaldson, former British ambassador to Madagascar and patron of MDF.