The Trust was established to administer the legacy of the Mad13 Expedition. The Mad13 Expedition was a partnership between Tily Eto Madagaskara, one of the Scout organisations in Madagascar and Scouts from the South West of England*. The expedition saw over 50 members from Madagascar join more than 70 members from the South West of England to undertake a program of expeditions and projects in Madagascar in July 2013. This joint partnership delivered safe drinking water, new latrines, improved washing facilities and a community education program on safe water and good sanitation for a community in the central highlands and provided the opportunity for many members to complete the Scout Association’s Explorer Belt award promoting cultural exchange, shared experiences and joint exploration between Malagasy and British.
The Mad13 Expedition forged a strong partnership between Malagasy and UK Scouts for the first time and the Mad13 Development Trust has been set up to maintain and further develop this partnership and build on the achievements of the expedition to provide support for development of Scouting and Communities into the future.
*The Scouts from the South West of England came from the following Scout Counties: Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire