Top 5 NGOs in Mauritius Working for Children

Top 5 NGOs in Mauritius Working for Children

We all have a part to play in ensuring our children have bright and prosperous futures. Understanding the power of this knowledge, many NGOs in Mauritius are dedicating their efforts towards bettering the lives of children from all walks of life and advocating for greater opportunities.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of 5 outstanding organisations that continue to give back to society by fighting child poverty, providing educational programs and more. From literacy training initiatives to helping kids realise their potential – these top 5 NGOs in Mauritius are undoubtedly making an incredible difference in empowering youth around the island nation!

1. YUVA, the leading NGO in Mauritius dedicated to empowering children

YUVA, the leading NGO in Mauritius, is dedicated to empowering children and making a significant difference in their lives. With a mission to create a brighter future for children, YUVA is committed to providing access to education, healthcare, and basic necessities to children who live in poverty. Their vision is a world where every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

YUVA’s team of dedicated professionals works tirelessly to create sustainable solutions and positive change in the lives of the children they serve. YUVA is transforming communities through their work, one child at a time.

2. Action for Integral Human Development

Action for Integral Human Development is a private company of the Diocese of Port-Louis “limited by guarantee” created in 2012 with the primary objective of promoting and improving the emotional well-being of the human person.

The Management Board is made up of five members: Father Jean Maurice Labour (President), Father Jean Claude Veder, Father Alain Romaine, Ms Gilberte Chung (Director of the Diocesan Service of Catholic Education) and Mr Jean-Paul de Chazal. The company is managed by Emilie Rivet Duval, Doctor in Clinical Psychology.

3. Centre d’Education et de Development pour les Enfants Mauricien (CEDEM)

CEDEM is one of the non-governmental organisations that looks after vulnerable children, including disabled children, orphans, abuse victims, poverty-stricken children and street children, thanks mainly to a plethora of social and educational services and projects. The CEDEM actively campaigns to promote children’s survival, protection, development and rights. Its main objective is to improve the quality of children’s lives.

CEDEM has an early childhood development centre: the preschool section of the specialist schools for children, including those that target children that are disabled or slow learners. The organisation also has a children’s home where gradual rebuilding within an appropriate framework is done.

4. Etoile du Berger

Etoile du Berger is a non-profit charitable organisation whose objective is to undertake activities for the rehabilitation of children from vulnerable groups. The care centre houses and supports ten children aged 3 to 7 with the drive of preparing them for their entry into adulthood. They are cared for by three fantastic ladies who ensure their healthy development on the daily. 

5. Fondation pour L’enfance – Terre de Paix

The association was founded some 30 years ago to provide relief to people facing various types of hardships in society. The Fondation pour L’Enfance Terre de Paix grew up to meet people’s needs. In this process, the action, which is now more focused on children in the family context, gathered momentum and respect from the larger society.

Today, the association’s action remains in line with its original aim: to combat poverty and its consequences on the most vulnerable groups of society, particularly children, in a non-discriminatory way through the child’s rights approach.

Investing in our children is crucial for securing a bright future for Mauritius. Right from the beginning, our children are the building blocks of a promising future, and nurturing them is a responsibility that should be taken seriously. A strong educational foundation equips children with the necessary skills to succeed academically, professionally, and personally in the years to come.

Additionally, investing in the health and well-being of our children ensures that they grow into healthy and productive members of society. Ultimately, investing in our children is a long-term investment in the future of our country, one that holds the potential to drive economic growth, innovation and progress. We must continue to strive towards a brighter future for Mauritius by investing in the development of our children.

Whilst NGOs working for children must be supported financially, we must also lend our time and support to ensure their programs succeed. Through education, health care and community-building initiatives, these organisations are positively impacting our children’s futures each day. Therefore, let us all strive for better outcomes and empower our young people to ensure that every child in Mauritius has the opportunity they need and deserve.

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Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.

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