Sponsor a child in Mauritius
Despite being a popular tourist destination, poverty is still a real problem on the island of Mauritius which is located about 800 km east of Madagascar, off the coast of East Africa. As the country has industrialised and achieved greater economic growth, social problems – including drug and alcohol abuse – have increased. The result is a growing number of broken families poorly supported by inadequate child welfare facilities. Sponsor a child with SOS Children's Villages and give them a positive start in life.
A former British colony, Mauritius became independent in 1968. It is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with 585 inhabitants per square kilometre. It has developed quickly in recent years and is now one of Africa's most prosperous countries. Wealth distribution remains very unequal however and many families struggle to make ends meet.
Our work in Mauritius
We began our work on the island of Mauritius in 1990 when the first community was opened in Beau Bassin, about 20kms north of the capital, Port Louis, on land donated by the government. The village is in a mainly residential, middle class suburb of the town and has fifteen family-sized houses built in traditional Creole style. Two youth houses with eight apartments provide accommodation for the older children where they can take their first guided steps towards independence while completing their education or vocational training, under the guidance of a youth leader.
Like most SOS Children's Villages, Beau Bassin has a nursery which is also open to children in the local community, as is the village sports ground. There are several good schools in the area for the older children and medical care is available at a state health centre in Beau Bassin.
In 2003, a second village was opened at Bambous, the capital of the Black River Province, 12 miles south of the village at Beau Bassin. There are twelve family houses, a nursery for 75 children and an SOS Social Centre that supports 250 vulnerable children and their families.
Life in SOS Children's Villages Mauritius: SOS Children's Villages Mauritius take part in Global Peace Games
Group sport and fun with a serious underlying theme of global peace was the order of the day on 26 September when children from SOS Children's Villages Mauritius came together with other children from the community to celebrate United Nations international day of peace. The Global Peace Games have been celebrated since 2001 and bring together children, sport and the topic of peace in an environment that encourages peaceful solutions and cultural understanding in a non violent environment.
Individual peace games are held throughout the world around United Nations International Day of Peace which is celebrated each year on 21 September. It shows support and solidarity for children, youths, peace, cultural acceptance and the attempt to meet the millennium development goals.
In Beau Bassin, at the Vuillemin playground, which is within the community and just a football kick away from SOS Children's Village Beau Basin, teams from seven different communities came together for a football festival. 200 children assembled in the morning and excitement soon spread amongst the crowd who had gathered to watch.
The event commenced with special messages from the United Nations Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace and from the President of FIFA about the importance of living together in harmony as brothers and sisters irrespective of our backgrounds and cultures.
In one corner of the playground was an art exhibition with posters, drawings and slogans that the children from SOS Children's Village Beau Bassin had prepared for the special day.
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