The garden, about 50 m2, is inside the “Charity House” centre, in the centre of Fianarantsoa. It is tended by 20 people consisting of those with mental illnesses, together with their minders. The centre was created in 2000 and accepts the children of those with difficulties such as mental handicaps, and orphans who need help and education. The garden managers are nuns and lay personnel who also oversee production, but the garden produce beneficiaries are the handicapped and centre staff.
The land is subdivided into 5 small plots, each one with a different vegetable, such as salad, bananas, leafy vegetables (“anamarebaka”), tissam, maize, beans, peaches, bibasse (loquat fruit), mangoes, “petsaï”(a leafy vegetable from the Brassica family), garlic, papayas, cabbage, peas, “vopoa” vegetables. Irrigation water comes from the centre’s well. For fertiliser, they use household waste and vegetable detritus from the garden itself. Garden produce is intended to feed the centre.
Ambatomena quarter, Fianarantsoa town, High Matsiatra region