Lafayette Initiative Malagasy Education (LIME)

LIME is a peer-to-peer mentoring program between Lafayette College students and high school students from Madagascar to prepare the latter for the process of applying to colleges in the US.  Twelve Lafayette students are chosen each year to participate in the program in which they work with Malagasy students from Lycee Andohalo, a public high school in Antananarivo.  Lafayette students formally commit to mentoring over a 1.5 year period which includes a three week trip to Madagascar in January.  The informal commitment is for a lifetime!

Please view the LIME FAQs page for more information about the program.

Please also contribute to the program so that our Malagasy students can afford to study in the United States. Whether your contribution is large or small, every little bit helps. Please see our donations page for more information.


Congratulations to Clara Randimbiarimanana for graduating from Lafayette College in May 2018.
Clara graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & Sociology and International Affairs.

Clara with Mirana (’21), Donovan (’19), Prof. Stifel, Rebeka (’16) and Rindra (’20)
Clara with President Byerly

 


We interviewed some members of the LIME 2016 team about their experiences in Madagascar.

 


Here is Tafita arriving at JFK in August 2018:

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Tafita and Prof. Stifel

 

Here is Rindra arriving at JFK in August 2016, with with Prof. Averett, Donovan and Prisca greeting him:

Here is Donovan at the Convocation Ceremony representing his Class of 2019…

Alex Karapetian ’04, president of the Alumni Association, presents the students with the Class of 2019 banner.
Alex Karapetian ’04, president of the Alumni Association, presents the students with the Class of 2019 banner.

Here is Clara arriving at JFK a year in August 2014, with Prisca greeting her:
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Here is Prisca arriving at Newark a year in August 2013, with Rebeka greeting her:

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Congratulations to Prisca Ratsimbazafy for graduating from Lafayette College in May 2017.
Prisca graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Prisca now works for the Madagascar Locally Managed Marine Area Network (MIHARI).

Prisca with Rindra, Clara, Prof. Stifel, and Donovan.

Congratulations to Rebeka Ramangamihanta, the first LIME student to attend college in the United States, for graduating from Lafayette College in May 2016. As you can see from the image of the commencement program below, she graduated with many accolades. Rebeka went on to earn a masters degree in development practice at the University of California, Berkeley

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Rebeka with Clara Randimbiarimanana ('18), Prof. Stifel, and Prisca Ratsimbazafy ('17).
Rebeka with Clara Randimbiarimanana (’18), Prof. Stifel, and Prisca Ratsimbazafy (’17).

Here is a video that the 2013 LIME team put together:

https://youtu.be/_4Zz0YMt3lA