Romina Ravelomihary,
sharing, a deep conviction

Principles, conviction, and the desire to improve things in her country: that would be one way to sum up Romina Ravelomihary.

Ever since joining Orange Madagascar seven years ago, Romina, 31, has always been interested in philanthropy initiatives, and particularly volunteering actions. She says, “ever since I was little, I have felt how lucky I am in comparison to other Madagascans, because I’ve had the opportunity to go to school. It has made me want to share my knowledge. I immediately got involved in various initiatives, for example by volunteering as a teacher at the Betikara orphanage in Ankadivato, located in a central part of the capital, Antananarivo.”

Romina began as a sales operative, then became trainer at Orange business school, and is now head of quality and customer experience. She has always found the time to get involved. “I’m very sociable, and volunteering helps me to meet amazing people,
and to enjoy helping young people move forward. I do feel a certain pride in contributing to the development of my country,” this colleague clarifies.

 

"We want to give 241 pupils the right conditions to study."

In 2009, through her company, she became involved in the Coup de Pouce NGO, helping create an exhibition hall in Ambatolampy, 70 kilometres south of the capital, where young, disadvantaged people can display their work.
She is currently joining forces at Lion Club to work on building of class rooms in Ambohitrimo Ambohimanga, 20 kilometres north of Antananarivo. “We want to give 241 pupils the right conditions to study. For now their school only has one classroom. We organised a running event to collect funds and buy bricks and roofing. Work is due to begin on August 15th and will last three to four months. And we’ve already begun to dig a well to provide water for the school.”

In her department Romina Ravelomihary heads up a team of eight. Like her, other Orange Madagascar employees are getting involved in volunteering work, but so far with only limited commitment, especially due to the local political and economic crisis. Orange in Madagascar has been carrying out philanthropic initiatives since 2006, and supports a number of projects, like the creation of Orange Solidarité Madagascar two years ago. We only need now to persuade more colleagues to get involved.

Portrait by Coraline Bertrand

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