HoverAid is a small, Christian, humanitarian charity, based in the UK & Netherlands working in Madagascar. Most non-profit organisations limit their work to areas accessible via road- we enable them to expand their reach by using hovercraft to reach the unreachable; isolated communities who are simply too difficult, or too expensive to reach. We aim to bring aid to remote communities, build trust with the people we meet there, understand their needs and tell others about the problems they face, to live out the command "love your neighbour"! Last year we treated 5761 people who would otherwise not had access to healthcare. We also put four water pumps into areas where clean drinking water was not available.
Where do we work?
We work in Madagascar which is now ranked as the poorest (financially) nation in the world, with multi-dimensional poverty meaning that:
20 of the 25 million Malagasy people live in rural areas and 90% of the roads are dirt, so during the wet season, when the country receives most of its 1.4m of annual rainfall, many roads become completely impassable, even with 4x4 trucks, which is where HoverAid comes in!
Why choose us?
Hovercraft easily travel over water, mud and swamps, and crucially along waterways too shallow for ordinary boats, so we are often the first, and sometimes the only, organisation to arrive after flooding disasters strike, purely because other vehicles cannot get there. We are one of only two NGO’s licensed to deliver medical clinics in Madagascar and work closely with the Department of Health and Mission Aviation Fellowship to facilitate clinics in many different areas.
HoverAid provide a solution to inaccessibility for many river based communities and bring physical, medical and spiritual support through:
The government’s investment in health has been declining, meaning that in the areas we work in, the people receive extremely limited or no access to healthcare at all.
Madagascar ranks in the top ten countries for most cyclone hits in the world with 1.5 cyclones a year crossing it, generally affecting around two thirds of the country.
Hurricane Research Division Atlantic & Oceanograph & meteorological Laboratory 2018