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Madagascar has a young, fast-growing, population. Children are everywhere you look: driving ox carts, playing on the street and gathering around visitors with lively curiosity. With an infant mortality 12 times that of the United States and an income of less than a dollar per day for half the population, Madagascar is among the world's poorest, least healthy, places to grow up. Yet by joyfully playing with toys made of discarded plastic bags, oil-drum lids, and pebbles, these children show how the human spirit can thrive even with the most modest material objects.

Rahary's World
Rahary is a 12-year-old who lives with her mother and father in a two room house in Tologoina, a small village on the eastern side of the island.
Rahary Speaks
Rahary pronounces some basic Malagasy words.
Rahary Speaks: Numbers
Counting to ten...
Angelo's World
Angelo lives with his parents in a village on the edge of Ranomafana National Park. He is in fifth grade and wants to be a teacher when he grows up.
Angelo Speaks
Angelo provides a brief lesson in Malagasy.

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