IBL ON THE MOVE
“Un Abri Pour Elles” (Shelter for Women): Setting up an emergency shelter for homeless women.
The NGO Passerelle, which works with women who are victims of multiple forms of violence, is receiving a growing number of requests for accommodation for homeless women. On average, 7 women a day need an emergency shelter. The actual number of homeless women is difficult to assess not only because of their mobility, but also because they are hiding for fear of being abused or losing custody of their children. Unfortunately, due to lack of space and funding, more than half cannot be accommodated in the emergency shelter of the association.
There is no emergency shelter for homeless women in Mauritius. Passerelle wants to set up this shelter so that these vulnerable women do not sleep on the streets anymore. These women are regrettably not only alcoholic or suffering from psychiatric problems. Although this profile exists in most of cases, Passerelle is more about broken women who have fallen into precariousness. They are also women who, with their children are forced to live in unsanitary places or in a temporary emergency housing. Their main objectives are to meet the primary needs of their residents, including an intervention plan to reintegrate their beneficiaries.
Christabelle, 26, slept with her 5 children on the beach for over a month.
“Nou ti pé fer sanblan kanpé. I put sheets around the kiosk and boxes on the floor to sleep. Since we had no food, we asked the people around us. That’s when Coast Guard officers realized we were not camping. They then contacted the Child Development Unit (CDU). When the CDU officers arrived, my children were literally saved by people who had heard of Passerelle. The officers took us there. If I had not had a shelter that day, my children would not be with me today. “
IBL ON THE MOVE
Breast Cancer Care
On the 4th of March 2017, IBL On The Move chose the fight against cancer by supporting the NGO Breast Cancer Care, founded by Shamima Patel. The association aims at informing and sensitizing public opinion to breast cancer. It comprises of 60 members which includes doctors and therapists. Their health professionals encourage women to go for an early detection through seminars, workshops and sensitization campaigns which are held on a regular basis in different parts of the country. Up to now, they have offered free medical check-ups to more than 6000 women in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
The foundation Joseph Lagesse and IBL On The Move have been able to raise funds in order to provide breast cancer patients with multiple gear and accessories, such as 45 compression sleeves, 500 mastectomy bras, 400 wigs, 200 scarves and 300 prosthesis. Currently in progress there are allocations given to 3 doctors for 3 screenings per month for a year, purchase of antiseptics and gloves, mammography screenings and ultrasounds for two patients per month for a whole year, carried out by the Mauritius Family Planning & Welfare Association, and finally, two breast reconstructions which will be completed in 2018.
GML ON THE MOVE
On the 5th of March 2016, the GML Foundation Joseph Lagesse and GML ON THE MOVE supported the NGO Uni-Kidz in its project of making inclusive education a reality in Mauritius. Uni-kidz’ objective is to facilitate and promote the inclusion of disabled children and those with special educational needs in the national school system as from the pre-primary.
The GML Foundation Joseph Lagesse and GML ON THE MOVE were able to finalise numerous manuals and curriculums namely:
Teachers’ kit: Training manual for professionals such as school director, teachers, classroom assistants, nursery employees as well as all those with a direct link with children.
School-based Therapy Manual: This manual describes the processes used by the current educational system to give an operating Framework for every step of the children with special needs adaptation in a national school environment. This involved the diagnosis, the child’s progress reports, and the general operation report of the different pre-primary age group.
Parents’ guide to disability: Everything that a parent or relative needs to know about disability. It serves as a guide which regroups all products and services offered by the public sector, private sector and NGOs.
Curriculum: Development of a curriculum based on the National Curriculum Framework for children with disabilities or having special needs so that they have access to pre-primary education which is at the core of any stage of educational paths.
GML ON THE MOVE
Amour Sans Frontières
On 7 March 2015, the GML Foundation Joseph Lagesse and the GML On The Move supported Amour Sans Frontières, an association that helps physically and mentally handicapped children and young adults, in renovating the school at Piton so that it could meet the standards required by the Ministry of Health and so continue to welcome these children.
The GML Foundation Joseph Lagesse and GML ON THE MOVE were able to finalise the Amour Sans Frontiere school of Piton renovations which consisted in the kitchen and bathroom revamping and the redo of the establishment paint. Once the revamping done, the collected amount was used to buy three walkers, four wheelchairs and a splint for hip and knees.
GML ON THE MOVE
On 16 March 2014, a big relay race was organised in support of T1 Diams. The general public was invited to take part either in teams or individually in a big relay starting at Falaise Rouge and finishing at Azuri, Rivière du Rempart. More than 300 Mauritians took part in the various events, cycling, running, swimming and a mad dash race.
The GML Foundation Joseph Lagesse and T1 Diams were able to work together on a year-long socio-economic project to help 4 young people aged 9 to 17. The programme involved accompanying these youngsters and their families in their efforts to fight malnutrition by giving them food support, in their search for a job and by encouraging them to start studying again.
GML ON THE MOVE
“A decent home for every Mauritian family”
On 2 March 2013, Yan de Maroussem, a Mauritian sportsman who is a trail and endurance running enthusiast, led a tour of the island composed of 5 sports, kayaking, cycling, running, roller-skating and offshore water skiing, while at the same time encouraging public support for a cause that is dear to GML, “A decent home for every Mauritian family”. GML and its Foundation had been supporting this cause for some years already, and GML On The Move, gave the Group’s employees the chance to push it further forward. Employees from all the GML subsidiaries were involved in this challenge and accompanied Yan in their favourite sport. The preparation of the event was such a success with the general public that they were invited to take part in the actual event, thus contributing to the fund-raising to help one or more families living in a precarious state.
The money raised was enough to buy a plot of land and build a house for the Chettiar family. They received the keys of their new house at an official ceremony held on 27 May 2015.
A big thank you to all the participants without whom none of this would have been possible!