By Fr Kizito Mulakazi
For many years Madagascar was an unfamiliar country to the Consolata Missionaries who are always on the lookout for new mission land to announce the message of the kingdom of God to people who are not yet evangelized. The three pioneer missionaries Fr Jared Makori, Fr Jean Tuluba and Fr Kizito Mukalazi only went there on January 29, 2019, when Consolata Missionaries officially assumed a new mission in Ambanja diocese in the mission district of Beandrarezona.
Madagascar is a beautiful country with a lot of potential: a long coastline with the possibility of having a well established fishing industry, beautiful and unique beaches that could make first class tourism destinations, and favourable climatic conditions for profitable agriculture. In spite of its natural resources, poverty levels are still high in Madagascar with 77% the population living on less than $1.90 a day.
The youth, who make up majority of the population, are the most affected with more than 80% living below the poverty line