Our caring and sporting adventures have continued in 2018 with our trip to Madagascar. A distant island, a country of contrasts and one of the most beautiful places on earth. A world of human, animal and geographical diversity.
The expedition arrived in Madagascar on April 10 to play a solidary match, meet the facilities of the Yamuna NGO, hand over the sports and school supplies and, finally, learn about the most emblematic landscapes in the country.
Already in Madagascar, the 36 members of the Ramassà expedition moved to the United Nations headquarters, where they were received by the authorities. The team also made an institutional visit to the city council of Antananarivo, the capital of the country. There they met the members of the rival club, the CNaP’s, champion of the national league.
The match was disputed on Sunday, April 22, in the Vontovorona field, the same town where Yamuna works. We are very pleased that the attendance was a success, 5433 people, taking into account the riots of the capital the previous night.
The players came out of the hands of the boys and girls of the houses of Yamuna, the exchange of flags was made and Ramassà gave roses to the rival team, a gesture of complicity with the feast of Saint George.
The final result was 9-1 (Goal Rubén Romera), with a very equal first part and a very sporty way of playing both teams. The event was promoted as an opportunity, through sport, to convey to the young population the importance of conflict resolution in a peaceful way, the fight against corruption, citizen participation and non-violence. The importance of the game was seen with the announcement made by the state television, encouraging fans to attend:
The joint project between Ramassà and Yamuna has been ambitious, difficult and has been allocated many resources and time. The NGO has been working since 2000 to reduce the marginalization situation of the most vulnerable groups and focus its work on the protection of children and women.
After the match, Ramassà handed over the sporting equipment to the CNaP’s. Part of this donation, more than 300 kg, was a collaboration of RCD Espanyol. School supplies were also given to the boys and girls of the Mandrosoa Education Center. In total, the team brought 700 kg of material.
In the beginning, the project included the purchase of a bus to bring children with some intellectual disability to the Tana special education school. Finally, the initiative could not be carried out by a change in the priorities of the NGO, since Yamuna had to allocate its resources to fight against the disease of the plague and the destructions of the AVA cyclone.
In this way, the club will sponsor the construction of the second home of the main facilities of Yamuna to Tsinjo. On the other hand, after the solidarity book of last year “Jan’s dream”, this year we have published “Vic’s trip”, which has also helped us to raise funds.
In the days after the match, Ramassà visited the Mandrosoa Educational Center, where he spent a day doing various activities with the children. Work the vegetable garden, crafts, sing, dance, cooperative football…
In Madagascar the public school does not receive any help from the state, classes are full of students and teachers have a low level of education. That is why Yamuna offers this school to remedy this shortcoming. At the end of the day, we gave them school supplies.
Once again, we had an experience that has enriched us as people and as a club. We also saw the natural wealth of the country with a visit to the National Park of Andasibe. We have a feeling of work well done and the memory of all the wonderful people we met.