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 Prisca Ratsimbazafy for graduating from Lafayette College in May 2017.
Prisca graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.

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

Congratulations to Mirana Randriamanantsoa who joined the Lafayette College Class of 2020 in August.
Many thanks to those of you who pitched in to purchase Mirana’s plane ticket and first year of health insurance.



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

 


 

We are happy that Mirana is joining Clara Randimbiarimanana (’18) Donovan Rasamoelison (’19) and Rindra Randriamanantena (’20) at Lafayette College. Here is Rindra arriving at JFK a year earlier (August 2015), 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 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 is currently pursuing 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