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Bishop Chung, right, and Mr Donaldson alongside him in the Bible room of the Canterbury centre.
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The Canterbury Educational Centre
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Canterbury Youth Choir
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Diocese Thanks UK Ambassador for Help
by the Rt Rev Roger F.H. Chung Po Chuen
August 14, 2005

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The British Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Brian Donaldson, has been a great supporter of the Eklesia Episkopaly Malagasy Church in Madagascar. Many educational projects throughout Madagascar have received help from His Majesty's Ambassador, so as to extend the indispensable educational facilities to remote villages in the vast island, for the development of this third world country.

The British Ambassador inaugurated the Canterbury Educational Centre in the Diocese of Antsiranana last year and donated a computer for this centre. He subsequently generously forwarded outside donations of books for the new Diocesan library. The Governor of the Antsiranana Region of Northern Madagascar, His Excellency Mr Jacky Mahafaly, and the Mayor of the town of Antsiranana, Mr Silvain, were alongside the British Ambassador when he inaugurated the new Centre.

Every year we also remember the brave Scottish Fusiliers Regiment and all the soldiers of the British Army who gave their lives in the Second World War at the Diego Suarez Commonwealth War Memorial Cemetery. Soldiers from the British Army who are buried in the Diego Suarez War Cemetery are from Australia, East Africa, Mauritius and the U.K.

Christians, Moslems, Indians and one Jew are among those who fell as they fought the French Vichy army based in the strategic port of North Madagascar. Two Japanese submarines were also trapped as they entered the narrow pass at the entrance of the port of Antsiranana. With the closing down of the British Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar and the departure of the British Ambassador, the rememberance service will not be the same again.

So it is with gratefulness that the Eklesia Episkopaly Malagasy expresses her gratefulness to the British Ambassador for all his support and concern for the wellbeing and development of the people of Madagascar.