6 Sins of NGOs in Mauritius and How to Avoid Them

In this blog post, we will explore each sin in-depth and discuss ways for NGOs in Mauritius (and beyond) to ensure compliance and ethical behaviour when carrying out their mission. So, keep reading if you want your organisation’s impact projects to run smoothly, no matter what!

For an NGO to truly make a difference, it must function according to best practices and constantly remain vigilant against common mistakes. Every nation has its own unique set of circumstances that can lead NGOs astray. Still, in Mauritius, there are six sins which should be especially avoided if organisations wish to see positive change: inadequate consultation with local populations, reliance on external stakeholders without proper accounting systems, lack of detailed project plans and budgets, failure to adhere fully to donor requirements or regulations; poor communication strategies with authorities or between members of the organisation itself; and overlooking financial management guidelines.

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The Importance of Charity in Modern Society

This article digs deep into the importance of charity in modern society. It explains how businesses look at charity, learning what they stand to gain through these donations and whether they really have altruistic goals at heart or something more specific in mind.

Charity has been a popular concept over the centuries—and for a good reason. It’s not just about altruism but also a practical way to help those in need and contribute to society as a whole. When it comes down to it, charity is an incredibly generous act; donating money or goods can make a tangible difference in someone else’s life! But why do people feel compelled to give back?

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Bringing Smiles to Little Ones: Donate for New Year 2022

YUVA is on a mission to gift books and toys to 368 underprivileged kids for New Year 2022. Donate today to bring a smile to the faces of little ones.

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Donate to Underprivileged Kids for New Year 2022

Any act of kindness, however small, will not only be remembered throughout 2022 but throughout a whole lifetime.

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Donate a Gift to a Disadvantaged Child This Christmas 2021

YUVA invites you to generously donate online for this Christmas 2021. The donation collected will be used to buy toys and books for 368 disadvantaged children.

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Help 368 Disadvantaged Kids Get a Christmas Gift: Donate Online

YUVA invites you to generously donate online for this Christmas 2021. The donation collected will be used to buy toys and books for 368 disadvantaged children.

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The One Thing All Successful NGOs Have in Common: A Robust Financial Framework

 “The ‘financial framework’ is the term for the policies, procedures, regulations and standing orders we use to make sure we’re taking proper care of public money.” – Powys County Council

Similar to a business, it is imperative to establish a robust financial framework for an NGO. A financial framework provides an organised system that guides and supports the financial operations and structure of the organisation.  It includes internal financial control mechanisms to prevent financial mismanagement such as misuse or theft of funds and assets, non-compliance of an organisation or government policies and regulations, and inaccurate financial reporting. NGOs also face several problems, including inadequate resources, lack of capacity building, lack of performance measurement instruments, and inefficient management. Setting up a proper financial framework will help resolve some, if not all, of them.

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Tricks on How NGOs Can Survive Without Funding

Anne Frank once wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving”.  But to give, you need to have. Every organisation needs funding to operate. Like any organisation, NGOs need money to cover their costs- capital costs, operation costs, overhead costs, staff costs, etc. NGOs, in particular, depend primarily on grants and donations for survival.

What happens when the organisation runs out of money? Donations are made at random, and grants are often subjected to conditions. With a limited budget and uncertain cash inflow, NGOs often have to curtail their spending at the cost of quantity and quality of their work. Under these circumstances, NGOs find it difficult to plan for the long term and ensure the longevity of their humanitarian programmes. Preemptively, NGOs should develop a stable funding source and steadily achieve autonomy from donor funds and grants.

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International Day of Friendship 2021: Sharing the Human Spirit Through Friendship

The International Day of Friendship is celebrated annually on July 30. The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) hosted day about “promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity.”

First observed in 2011, the International Day of Friendship builds upon a 1997 UN resolution defining the Culture of Peace.

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Proven Tips to Mastering Impact of COVID-19 on the Non-Profit Sector

The coronavirus pandemic has influenced worldwide activities and lifestyle, both positively and negatively. Therefore, organisations, including the non-profit sector, are influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this way, NGOs have to maintain their volunteers, donors, employees, and beneficiaries directly touched by the pandemic situation. The non-profit sector is facing different obstacles, and at the same time, benefitting from COVID-19. However, they must work and deal with the impacts and find solutions to reassure their community during this pandemic.

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Valentine’s Day 2019: Be More Than a Lover – Be a Hero!

Did you know that the average annual Valentine’s Day spending is $13.19 billion? That’s a lot! But what if on this Valentine’s Day 2019, we give a gift with some thoughts behind it?

Your contribution will be used to provide needy children with school materials and supplies, uniforms, shoes and as well as extra classes for them to catch up with their studies. 

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YUVA collected foodstuffs worth Rs 61,700 for beneficiaries at Winner’s Goodlands

YUVA in close collaboration with Winner’s Goodlands conducted a fundraising campaign on Saturday, 15 December 2018 for the victims of the flood at Cottage as well as for the 600+ beneficiaries, which YUVA works with.

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Internship: Resource Development (March to August 2018)

Deadline for application: 28 February 2018

Period: 5 March to 31 August 2018

Remuneration: On a voluntary basis

Project/Department(s): Fundraising and Administration

Working hours: Monday to Friday (8:30am to 4pm) and Saturday (8:30am to noon)

Office address: YUVA Head Office, Level 2, Jade Court, Jummah Mosque Street, Port Louis 11602, Mauritius

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Donate for Maha Shivaratri 2017

YUVA wishes to announce that it will be conducting free food distribution on a full time basis for four consecutive days, from 21-24 February 2017 at Grand Bassin on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

Last year YUVA served 150000+ puris, 20000+ juice cups and 20000+ biryani plates for Maha Shivaratri. We’ll live this spirit again!

We request Mauritians to donate (in-kind or cash) and/or help (as a volunteer) our non-religious, non-profit organisation to make this initiative a success. By contributing to this programme you feel strongly about as a donor/volunteer and engaging creatively with the shape, form and impact of the project, you ensure that a generation of young people never looks back on the possibilities of how they can create positive change and unity.

YUVA’s bank details are as follows:

  • Account holder: YUVA
  • Account no.: 62030100193303
  • Swift code: STCBMUMU
  • IBAN: MU09STCB1180030100193303000MUR
  • Bank: State Bank of Mauritius, SBM Tower, Port Louis

For further information on how you can donate and/or help, call on 57086868 or email at info@yuvamauritius.com.


Observed this year on 24th of February, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in a wide variety of ways in different countries where Hinduism is practised, but all are concerned with marking the marriage of Lord Shiva to Parvati. It is a very important Hindu festival and it is suggested that some 300,000 pilgrims celebrate Maha Shivaratri in Mauritius. It involves fasting, praying and making offerings to Lord Shiva and can start up to a month before the actual day.

In Mauritius, all Hindus are also required to walk to the lake at Grand Bassin, called Ganga Talao (or Lake Ganges). Depending on where they live, pilgrims will start walking to Grand Bassin several days before. They are usually dressed in white and may carry a kanwar, a bamboo frame decorated with flowers, bells, statues, etc, varying in size from small personal ones to large ones (from temples) on wheels, pulled along by a number of young men. Once they get to Ganga Talao the pilgrims say prayers and make offerings of food to Shiva, and the other gods represented there. After they have finished at Grand Bassin the pilgrims return home and may spend the night at the temple making offerings and saying prayers (puja).

The crater lake at Grand Bassin was discovered in 1897 by Pandit Gosain Naipual, a priest from Terre Rouge. He dreamt that a holy lake existed in Mauritius and set out to find it, which he did soon after. As people began to find out about the lake, pilgrims started to walk there as part of their celebration for Maha Shivaratri. Much more recently holy water from the Ganges was brought to Mauritius and was poured into the lake, making it even more sacred. At this festival the pilgrims take sacred water from the lake back to the house or temple to pour it over a symbolic statue of Shiva (the Lingum).

65 Needy Children of Suburbs Receive School Materials

Organised by YUVA Port Louis, today morning 65 needy children of the suburbs have benefited from school materials at Centre de Rencontre (Ex-Marché de la Butte).

YUVAN Veronique Labonte led this project by targeting the needy children by conducting surveys and groundwork in the suburbs of Port Louis.

Present in the event, YUVA national president Krishna Athal seized the opportunity to thank all volunteers who participated in the #EducationForAll campaign, which was conducted by YUVA since the last three months.