Here you’ll find all of our contact information and we’d love to hear from you! E-mails are typically our easiest form of communication (as we can manage them as we have time), but you can also try to call or send mail (and we love receiving care packages!) You’ll find all of our contact information below.
E-mail us! Recent technological upgrades on mainland Madagascar mean we can occasionally see our e-mails and receive phone calls while on Nosy Mitsio. However, because the connection is very limited and sporadic, we can’t reply to all e-mails quickly (though we love receiving them). If you’re contacting us about something urgent, please write “URGENT” in the subject line and we’ll read it and respond as soon as possible. We will eventually reply to all our e-mails, but it may be a month or more delayed before you receive the reply. Feel free to e-mail either of us at:
Adam Willard: MadagascarAdam@gmail.com
Lora Willard: LoraWillard@gmail.com
Call us! You can call us long distance to our cell phones, but be warned that calling internationally can sometimes be quite expensive. You can contact us in Madagascar with these numbers (8 hours ahead of US Central Standard Time):
Adam Willard: (011) 261 34 95 117 24
or (011) 261 32 78 159 87
Lora Willard: (011) 261 34 42 484 74
or (011) 261 32 28 160 09
Write us! We have a postal address in Madagascar! We’ve used it for a long time now and it’s proved to be very reliable so far. As far as we know, everything that’s been sent to us has arrived, and most of it pretty quickly. Most things shipped here should arrive in 2-3 weeks (occasionally 2 months), and letters sometimes sooner. We’ll only be checking about once a month though (when we leave Nosy Mitsio for supplies and communication):
Adam & Lora Willard
We love getting letters or packages from home, and our location (Nosy Mitsio) is even further removed from the luxuries of the Western world than anywhere else we’ve been. A very small box or padded envelope is often the quickest and most direct way if you want to mail just a few things – less than 4 lbs. should come direct to our nearest town. Or using the “flat rate” international priority mail boxes is probably the most cost-effective method for sending a bit more, and the allowable weight is up to 20 lbs. Fair warning: shipping from the US to Madagascar (which is on the opposite side of the world) can get pretty expensive though.
For safe arrival, boxes sent should be packaged in a particular manner, because many packages here are inspected before being given to the recipient and when the inspector(s) finds things they recognize or want, they sometimes keep those things for themselves. We’ve found that a safe way to prepare the packages includes: sealing the box with brightly colored duct tape (rather than standard packing tape), marking the customs content value at $10 or less for the total of everything, marking the customs content as “non-perishable food items,” “religious materials,” “used educational supplies”, or simply “gifts”, wrapping the contents inside the box in old newspaper or old food boxes and more of the bright-colored duct tape, and DON’T SEND ANYTHING EXPENSIVE OR ELECTRONIC. Also, if you send a package, please remember to keep the customs form number (usually beginning with CP or CW or something and ending with US), because it can usually track the package until arrival in Madagascar – which helps us know what to be asking for at the post office.
Here is a list of things we can’t get here, but we’d appreciate someone mailing from the US (to the address above):
All of us:
- Summer sausage or other preserved (non-refrigerated) meat – helps supplement our poor availability of meat – we love having summer sausage!
- Neosporin (or generic triple antibiotic ointment) – the kids get a lot of small cuts and scratches, but with the high humidity here, they can easily get infected. Neosporin (or the same sort of thing) really helps a lot!
- Parmesan cheese
- Velveeta cheese or powdered cheese (like for mac n cheese – follow this link for an example) …or other preserved cheeses?
- juice packets (particularly lemonade or gatorade or natural juice flavors)
- Chili seasoning (the spice packets for making chili)
- Quart-size & Gallon-size ziploc bags – the heavy duty/freezer style (these are very helpful for us for protecting things from corrosion/spoilage from the salty air, and the heavy duty/freezer ones with thick plastic are good because we re-use them a lot)
David (almost 2 years old):
- 2-year-old clothes – especially shorts, and light/thin long-sleeved pajama shirts/pants (used for keeping mosquitoes away in the evenings)
Matimu (6 years old):
- 6-year-old clothes – light/thin long-sleeved pajama shirts/pants (used for keeping mosquitoes away in the evenings)
- Books – he loves books his age-level (or above) on scientific topics like the ocean, space, airplanes, or other technology and science – he reads at about a 2nd grade reading level
- Toys – legos are currently his favorite toys
- Any educational supplies that you might think is helpful for a 1st through 3rd grades
- Anything blueberry! Dried blueberries, blueberry jam, chocolate-covered blueberries, blueberry muffin or pancake mix – ANY blueberries!
- Candy: Toffee – any sort of toffee candy – the hard english toffee kind, especially when combined with chocolate (like Heath or Skor bars)
- Granola or trail mix: any kind, nutty, fruity, with chocolate – I love the stuff but it doesn’t exist in Madagascar; it’s great as a snack for our long boat trips or for tiring outdoor work days
- Whoppers or stuff with caramel or other candy
- Starbucks coffee (ground, not whole beans because we don’t have a grinder, and not the “blonde” type)
- Starbucks VIA packets
- Chocolate – Dove chocolates (milk or dark), and other chocolates also
We’ll continue to update that list as we see things we’d really need or want, but which we can’t get here.
As always, financial support should be sent to:
Adam, Lora, & Matimu Willard
c/o Sanctuary Church
PO Box 700217
Tulsa, OK 74170
We look forward to hearing from you!