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Mauritius
Caritas Mauritius

Caritas Mauritius was founded in March 1966 before independence. Caritas was then defined by its founders as “an organisation in which Charity will be at the same time devotion and expertise”.
Caritas initially focused on emergency aid as, during the period following independence, many families suffered hardship as the country was undergoing a serious unemployment crisis and had to deal with all kinds of disasters.

In 2001, after the diocesan synod, the preferential option for the poor became the diocese’s priority. Today, via its various departments and thanks to grassroots support from the diocese and the 45 parishes, Caritas Mauritius aims to rehabilitate the poor, the excluded and the oppressed in an action of love and community support by welcoming, listening to, visiting and accompanying them, so that they can recover their dignity and together build a fair and supportive community. Currently, 50,000 people benefit from the assistance we provide.

Caritas Mauritius has three departments:

Care and support:
consisting of 40 counselling and development centres in the parishes, and two night shelters for the homeless. The Hope Inn, a temporary apartment for families with housing problems, and a learning centre for young people and adults that provides educational support.

Training:
including 40 functional literacy training centres, a life skills management training programme and a vocational training programme for pastry cooks and in-house technicians.

Development:
consisting of 16 educational discovery centres for small children and a community farm.

Caritas Mauritius works in active partnership with the following organisations: ministries and state institutions – Social Security, Social Integration, Gender Equality and Child Development, NGO Trust Fund.

In the private sector, foundations and companies via the Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
United Nations organisations and foreign embassies (Japan, USA and Australia) as well as Mauritian civil society organisations.

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