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February 2, 2022


Through the quarterly #Mpiaradia/Champions program, the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros recognizes the extraordinary contributions that ordinary citizens make to the development and sustainable self-reliance of their countries. The individuals who receive this recognition have devoted their lives to reinforcing good governance, strengthening economic development, enhancing public health, protecting the environment, and/or increasing the security of their communities.

#Mpiaradia is a Malagasy term for “fellow traveler,” which echoes the #MpirahalahyMianala (“brothers walking in the forest”) tagline for the Embassy’s initiatives in Madagascar. #Mpiaradia/Champions are nominated by members of the U.S. embassy community for their work on in-country initiatives aligned to U.S. values.

Each #Mpiaradia/Champion receives an embassy coin, a certificate signed by the Ambassador, and, when possible, a face-to-face meeting with the Ambassador. The embassy further recognizes each #Mpiaradia/Champion with a series of posts on its official Facebook page and Twitter accounts, a press release, and a profile posted to the Embassy’s website cataloging all #Mpiaradia/Champions.

U.S. Embassy Awards Forest Patroller for His Leadership, Commitment, and Courage in Preserving Madagascar’s Forests
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