Reef Doctor Honko Site Manager
Antoine joined our team in November 2017 as Honko Site Manager, after volunteering for 2 months in Honko in May. He has a Senior Technician Diploma in Sea Techniques and Science, a Bachelor in Earth and Environmental Sciences, as well as a Masters in Environmental Science focused on Geosciences and Coastal Geophysics. During his studies, he completed a series of internships that gave him experience in several aspects of marine and coastal management. As the Honko site manager, he runs the day-to-day activities, manages the projects implemented in the mangrove as well as the alternative livelihood projects, and welcomes tourists and volunteers together with his team.
Volunteer Coordinator & Bird Guide
Originally from Mananjary, on the East Coast of Madagascar, Théoslas moved to Ambondrolava more than 3 years ago to work as a volunteer coordinator and bird guide. He previously worked for 4 years in reforestation with Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, a Malagasy NGO. He is an avid bird enthusiast. As a volunteer coordinator, he welcomes volunteers and support them in their research, he is also in charge of the logistics on site.
Philémon is from Ambondrolava and has worked as a mangrove guide since 2008. When he returned from his military service in Antananarivo he began working as a charcoal producer in but started changing his mind on this career when Benjamin, the founder of Honko arrived in the area and started raising awareness on mangroves. Philémon was later offered a job as a guide in the mangroves and stopped producing charcoal. He likes to say that he got the “mangrove virus” that changed his life!
Salalahy has worked as a mangrove guide since 2008. He comes from Ambondrolava and, because he has lived his whole life near the mangroves, he has witnessed their deterioration, which makes him sad and concerned because the mangroves are vital for his village. Therefore, he decided to try to raise awareness as best as he can through his role as a mangrove guide.
Jeannot has been working as guardian at Honko for 9 years. He comes from Toliara, where he used to be a gardener, farming vegetables and aromatic herbs. He is passionate about mangroves and is well aware of their importance for the environment, fisheries, and the people.
Christian is from Ambondrolava and joined the team in 2015. He works as a guardian and has learnt about the importance of mangroves while working here. Before working in Honko, he was a fishermen, which now him seldom does.
Stephane joined the team in 2014. He is from Ambondrolava and used to be a fishermen but has stopped fishing since he started working as a day guardian at the Honko site. He wants to conserve the mangrove forest because it protects the fish, shrimps and crabs, and he appreciates the beauty of its trees!
Zarina is from Ambondrolava and has been Honko’s chef for 3 years. Before joining the team, she used to cut reed to sell, now she cooks Malagasy dishes for our Honko staff!