Tagged: “Crowdfunding”

Malta for Madagascar Christmas Campaign

General Info:

The Arnaud Guesry Foundation is a Maltese registered charity active in Northern Madagascar to help the region’s most vulnerable children. Our amazing team runs a desperately needed orphanage for children, La Maison d’Arnaud, as well as several valuable community projects in the area including a prison support project, malnutrition rehabilitation, local hot meal project and much more… Due to the current crisis impacting the world we are in desperate need of support, otherwise we’ll be forced to close. Any little bit helps…

Our primary operation is the running of our residential facility, which currently houses 30 children full time from the ages of 3 months to 12 years old. Within this program we offer the children all the support of a family home including, but not exclusive to, education, nutrition, health services and psycho-social support. Our children benefit from the care of 20 full-time members of staff at our home including nannies, cooks, security guards, teachers, volunteers, social workers and administrators. The house has a garden and keeps hens, it has access to fresh ground water and serves as a centre for the local community.

Summer School Program:

In addition to our residential program, we run a summer school to support the local curriculum in summer months, June-September, with professional teachers in both academic and extracurricular subjects. This summer program is open to our own children and up to 100 the most vulnerable children from surrounding villages (referred by the mayor and community leaders) for free. The children here are offered our regular psycho-social support, the benefits of the education, a safe place to stay while their parents are at work, medical checks and are also given a meal a day.

Prison Project:

We also work in the local prison where we provide education, healthcare and legal advocacy, wherever possible, to the inmates of the women’s section and under-18s section. We take particular responsibility for prenatal, maternal and neonatal care in the prison as well as supervision of births and child development. We offer a space in our home to any mother wishing to give temporary custody of a child currently living with her in the prison to La Maison d’Arnaud until such time as she is released and finds her feet, with the help of our social worker and administrative team.

Malnutrition Re-feeding and Specialist Surgeries:

In addition to the prison, we work closely with local hospital pediatric wards. We liaise with doctors when cases with social underpinnings are presented, we run a specialist malnutrition program including feeding training, support with milk and medication and, where needed, residential care in the most delicate periods of rehabilitation. We act as intermediaries between hospital services and state/judicial services and are often called upon to make recommendations or submit reports. We also take on children who need specialist surgeries and recovery care, such as cleft palate surgery, to coordinate and pay for their care and treatment.

Crisis Relief:

We also hold several spaces (beds) in our home on reserve for crisis cases. These cases come under our local state partnerships and provide social services, police and the children’s courts with residential spaces for children with the need for specialist care and adequate security in urgent need. Examples include abandoned infants, children removed from exploitation (labor/sex work), cases of severe abuse (including neglect) or abandoned children.

We value very highly our ties to the local community and the support we provide families in their darkest moments. We try our best to provide a local, stable base for children which facilitates family visits, rehabilitation and reunification. Our operations are, at times, limited by funds and we know we could do so much more if we have the means.


Over the years we’ve made great strides in overcoming numerous barriers and hurdles to help the nurturing of the children at the Foundation. We’ve tried to introduce sustainable practices such as investing in chickens to sell eggs, and our home garden. With all the children home to help with the harvest and tend the animals and the land – it’s a sustainability project we’re really proud of – we’ve managed to produce; 80 different varieties of salads, 9K aubergines, 66K papaya, 100 k of bananas, 12 packets parsley, 72K tomatoes, 1.5 K green beans, 1k peppers, 14 packets of water cress. Our chickens are producing 83 eggs per day. However, all of this small success doesn’t make up for the losses we’ve faced this year.

Two years ago a Zaar campaign and the generosity of the Maltese people saved our project from closure. We are so incredibly grateful for all the support we were given in those critical weeks. Now we’re hoping to regain some of our strength and recommit to those children we’ve been keeping on hold for so long as we hunt for the funds to return to full working capacity. The money you donate will make a huge difference to children in desperate need of protection, medical care, education and love.

We still rely on that belief that each person can contribute to the reduction of inequality and the irradiation of global poverty.

There are so many ways you can help us and each one makes a difference. You can sponsor a child, or a nanny or a program. You can volunteer for us. You can donate to us. You can fundraise for us. We need € 5,000 to commit to crisis relief cases for next year. Every single donation makes a difference. Please give what you can and we guarantee that every cent goes directly to Madagascar and the children.

We are a very small charity. Even following us on social media and sharing our posts can bring us to the attention of a wider audience. That can be all it takes to let the right person see what we can do.

NB- Funds will be received by the charity whether the target is reached or not. Every donation will make a difference to La Maison d’Arnaud and the community we support. Please give whatever you can today.

My Cutie Rag Doll – Empowering women through craft

My Cutie Rag Doll is a social enterprise producing and selling rag dolls from recycled materials, and organizing workshops for young girls and jobless women to teach and empower them to work and create products with their hands.

The overall budget for this initiative is €1,000. Help us to raise funds for sewing machines, other workshop equipment, and the website to share and create a working space where together we can make an impact on sustainability.

We need:

  • To create a website and  and share in it our products.
  • 2 single sewing machines

All donations will help us get closer to our target to create a sustainable community. All donations will be rewarded with a handmade gift according to the tier chosen.

The project targets women from small regions and cities where the employment opportunities for this specific target group are limited. The project development is planned in 3 stages:

Stage 1 – Creation of the Doll
Stage 2 – Conducting workshops and Production of dolls
Stage 3 – Sale of finished products (My Cutie Rag Doll products and dolls created in the workshops)

There is a need for such a community project since there are many jobless women, especially after the Covid pandemic. The project also serves as a self-employment opportunity for the founder of the My Cutie Rag Doll company who wants to turn her artistic skills into a sustainable business and create an internationally recognizable brand.


The My Cutie Rag Dolls are a unique product since they are co-created and finished by the customers themselves based on premade design templates. This can provide a business opportunity for jobless women, giving them a new skill set and the possibility to earn some money with their own dolls. My Cutie Rag doll is giving women the possibility of an independent future through a sustainable business opportunity.

The project objective is to enable participants to become economically independent, while also creating a sustainable ecosystem that can run on a profit basis, but with the profit reinvested for further project growth and development (social entrepreneurship).

Our goal is to create and design dolls, create a website and enable the sale of the first 1000 dolls till Christmas 2023. We aim to become a successful social entrepreneur and have our brand My Cutie Rag Doll become a recognized hand made soft toy brand. We also aim to employ at least 15 women through the project.

LifeCycle Challenge Crowdfunds for Kidney Research

The Zaar campaign hopes to raise €7000 for renal patients, via LifeCycle’s 10-day, 2000km cycling challenge from Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile A cyclist joining the next long-distance LifeCycle challenge is crowdfunding on local platform Zaar, with all donations going towards kidney research – and the campaign has already raised more than half its funding goal. As part ofread more

7 Steps to Raising Money by Crowdfunding on Zaar

Crowdfunding is a way to raise money to fund your idea, business or cause. But how does it work? Read on… Pick your platform There are many crowdfunding platforms out there, but only one in Malta. As the island’s reward and donation-based crowdfunding platform, Zaar makes it easy to launch your online campaign, and helps you reach and inspire bothread more

Everything You Need to Know About Crowdfunding (in 3 Minutes or Less)

Do you like the sound of crowdfunding, but not sure what it’s all about? Here’s your super-quick guide to all things crowdfunding to help you get started! What’s crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a way of raising money from a ‘crowd’ of individuals interested in your project, cause or idea. It’s become one of the world’s favourite alternative finance methods, since itread more

New Campaign Crowdfunds Camino Walk for Sports Charity

Christine Gingell will walk the final stage of the famous Camino de Santiago to raise funds for The Jonathan Chetcuti Program A new crowdfunding campaign sponsors a trek on the Camino de Santiago, to raise funds for young athletes as part of The Jonathan Chetcuti Program. From September 7 – the day after the close of the online campaign onread more

Camino de Santiago – Walk for The Jonathan Chetcuti Program

I have decided to walk the 100km final stage of the Camino de Santiago – from Sarria to Santiago. This is an adventure that I have always dreamt of taking on and I would like to dedicate it to a special friend who energised everyone who crossed paths with him.

Please support this initiative by clicking on Support my Steps to the right-hand side of this page and entering the amount that you wish to donate. Together we can achieve the goal of €3,000 for a great cause!

Any donations made through this crowdfunding campaign will be contributed to The Jonathan Chetcuti Program. More information on the Program can be found here: https://www.conceptstadium.com/the-jonathan-chetcuti-program/. I encourage you to donate to help this worthy cause and I thank you in advance for your support.

Looking back on the first INCrowd project – and why you should join the next!

The first INCrowd Academy with FPEI/Zaar gave four youths the tools to get their ideas off the ground For a small group of promising young entrepreneurs from Malta and Gozo, May 2022 marked an exciting moment in their careers. Between 13-15 May, four carefully selected applicants to the INCrowd project took a fully funded trip to an international crowdfunding academyread more

Applications Open for Second INCrowd Project

Young entrepreneurs can now apply for the EU project’s next round, with a chance to grow their ideas at a crowdfunding academy in Padua, Italy   The second round of the popular INCrowd project is set to take a select number of young people on a fully funded trip to an international crowdfunding academy in Padua, Italy, this November. Applicationsread more