Back then, I met Father Pierre as I was looking for a local correspondant to supervise the studies of two teenagers born in the Efiaimbelo family, a family of carvers specialized in creating Funerary Sculptures honoring the deceased. These sculptures, called Aloalos, are part of the Mahafaly tradition.
Father Pierre, with his distinctive optimism and enthusiasm, responded immediately and favorably to my request.
Particularly aware of the problem of deprived children from the most disadvantaged families, Father Pierre created in 1989 the association AMIKA (laic association following Malagasy law, recognized to be of public utility, and certified by the Ministry of Education Malagasy). AMIKA’s mission is to fight against exclusion, stigmatization and abuse of orphaned and vulnerable children in Madagascar.
Father Pierre has succeeded in financing the purchase of land as well as the construction of three school buildings in the center of Toliara, Madagascar, where children can attend elementary school. AMIKA pays for enrollment fees and schooling costs of high school students enrolled in some of the best high schools, and technical highs schools of the city. The care of each child and adolescent is the subject of a neighbourhood survey and is submitted to a council of teachers.