Chrysalis School closed

Thanks so much for your support through the years, but the Chrysalis School has closed for financial reasons.

If you want to support education in Madagascar, please reach out to our friends at Nofy i Androy, who are doing amazing work to promote girls’ education in the south of Madagascar.

Lango visits US classrooms

During a recent visit with family in Portland, Oregon, former Chrysalis School student Lango visited a couple of classrooms to meet students and tell them about Madagascar and the Chrysalis School.

Fourth graders at Le Monde French immersion school wondered whether people in Madagascar use pots to cook their food, whether Madagascar has a president and how much money Malagasy parents earn, and French students at Lincoln High School asked questions about women’s rights and the Malagasy education system.

We hope these visits will spark an interest in the work of the Chrysalis School and that we can form mutually beneficial relationships with schools in other countries.

To support the work of the Chrysalis School, donate here.


1,000 books!

Over the last several years, the Chrysalis School has received more than 1,000 books from bookmooch! For a library that started with a single shelf of books, this is a flood of new reading material. And for a school that aims to educate a new generation of young people who love reading, books are pretty important!

bookmooch is a cool site for trading books using a system of points (received for sending your old books to others, and given to those who send books to you). The Chrysalis School received an initial donation of points from the site’s founder, and over the years, other bookmooch members have donated hundreds of points to us. We can then request books from people all over the world, and slowly packages make their way across oceans and into our library.

From James et la grosse peche (James and the Giant Peach) to Spiderman, from Ursula K LeGuin to Mark Twain, we’ve amassed an amazing collection of donated books. We’re thankful to bookmooch and all of the lovely people who have agreed to pay international postage rates to fill our library with inspiration!


Help kids succeed!

The Chrysalis School is helping kids succeed in a very tough environment! According to the World Bank, Madagascar is now the world’s poorest country, and most people there live on less than one dollar per day.

Our students are working hard, but they could use some help!
Can you help by contributing to our online fundraiser?


Our fundraiser will help the Chrysalis School finish its school building, which has been incomplete for years, add sanitary bathrooms and a library. We aim to raise $25,000 to cover the cost of construction, desks and a solar panel. The school has never had electricity, so the addition of a solar panel would be a huge improvement to the learning environment.

Thanks to generous donors, our fundraiser in Portland, Oregon raised $6,000, which will allow us to begin work on the most urgent repairs. But we have a long way to go to reach our goal. Please contribute today!

Cuban dance party in Portland!

Join us for a fun evening of music, dancing, snacks and drinks to support the Chrysalis School!

We’re excited to feature appetizers from Southpark Seafood, wine from Division Wines and beer from NWIPA.

Come check out our great silent auction items and help kids in one of the world’s poorest countries succeed.

Saturday, June 4
6:00-9:00 pm

Day Center for the Arts
5516 SE Foster Rd, Portland

$30 advance purchase; $35 at the door

Tickets on sale now!

Huge thanks to Melao de Cuba for donating their time to provide great music!

If you can’t make it to the event, please consider donating online: