The HoverAid trust

The HoverAid trust

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  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Campaigning
  • Children / families
  • Faith and ethics
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Human rights
  • Poverty relief
  • Women
  • Young people

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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:

  • 32% of the population are aged 10-24
  • 92% of the population live below the poverty line
  • 54% of the population have no access to safe drinking water
  • 50% of children suffer from endemic and chronic malnutrition
  • 37% of the population are destitute- for example, they have no electricity OR access to safe drinking water AND two or more children in the household have died  AND no one in the household has at least one year of schooling 

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:

  • Regular medical safaris using Malagasy health professionals providing healthcare and medical support to river based communities and spiritual support through enabling local Christian pastors to reach these people– this year we ran these in six different areas.
  • Training for community health representatives providing sustainable solutions through community led development.
  • Aid relief after flooding and cyclone disasters.
  • Community based clean water and sanitation programmes.
  • Partnership with non- governmental organisations and local authorities to provide basic health care for isolated communities in extreme poverty.

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


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