Dear Colleagues,

We are writing once again to request your nominations for students to participate in the eleventh year of Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education (LIME). Thanks to your nominations in years past, we have had excellent groups of students participate in the peer-to-peer mentoring program between Lafayette students and high school students from Madagascar to prepare the latter for the process of applying to colleges in the U.S.

Due to the success of the program, we have had eight Malagasy students come to Lafayette. Perhaps you know one or all of them:

• Rebeka Ramangamihanta ’16 earned a master’s degree at UC Berkeley and is working for the 11th Hour Project, an NGO in the Bay area;
• Prisca Ratsimbazafy ’17 is back in Madagascar working with MIHARI, an NGO that works with coastal communities to manage their fisheries and marine resources;
• Clara Randimbiarimanana ’18 is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Arizona;
• Donovan Rasamoelison ’19 will pursue a Ph.D. in economics at UC Santa Barbara starting in August;
• Rindra Randriamanantena ’20 is working for the World Bank in Washington, D.C.;
• Mirana Randriamanantsoa ’21, Tafita Rakotozandry ’22, and Narindra Andrisoamampianina ’23 are all here at Lafayette and doing well.

Twelve Lafayette students will work with Malagasy students from a public high school in Antananarivo over a 1.5-year period starting in the fall, and will do so in person during a three-week trip to Madagascar with Hannah Tatu (ITS) and David Stifel (economics). The plan is for the trip to take place in January 2022, but we might move it back to May 2022 depending on the COVID-19 situation in Madagascar. Students will receive one course credit for a January/May interim course (GM2) that includes significant preparation in the fall semester.

Because the program involves a 1.5-year commitment, we seek your nominations of current first-year students and sophomores to participate in the program. The types of students we seek are similar to those who participate in the Tech Clinic.

• Any major
• Flexible
• Creative
• Able to work as part of a team

If you or your students would like to learn more about the program, please contact us or visit the LIME website.

Nominees will be invited to submit an online application. In early May, we will interview the students who did so.

We look forward to hearing from you and to meeting your nominees. Please submit your nominations.


David Stifel (
Hannah Tatu (

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