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Although the island nation of Mauritius is characterised by political and economic stability, a proportion of people still find themselves on the bottom steps of the socioeconomic ladder.


Child trafficking and child labour are some of the problems that persist. SOS Children's Villages is working to protect the country's must vulnerable young people and children.


At present there are two SOS Children's Villages in Mauritius, one SOS Youth Facility, two SOS Kindergartens, two SOS Social Centres (family strengthening programmes) and one SOS Vocational Training Centre.

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SOS Children's Villages in Mauritius


SOS Children's Villages initiated its activities on the island in the 1980s. The organisation received a plot of land just 20km outside of Port Luis, the country's capital, where the country's first SOS Children's village was inaugurated in 1990. Against the background of increasingly high levels of poverty, in particular in rural areas of the island, the organisation decided to start working in Bambous.


Since 2004, SOS Children's Villages has been running SOS Family Strengthening Programmes, aiming to strengthen existing family ties and to enable children who are at risk of losing the care of their family to grow up within a loving family environment.


At present, SOS Children's Villages is supporting young people and children in Mauritius via different programmes, providing day care, education and vocational training. Children whose parents cannot take care of them can find a loving home in one of the SOS families.

Area
2040 km2
Capital City
Port Louis
Climate
Tropical
Ethnicities
Indo-Mauritian, Creole, Sino-Mauritian
Population
1.24 mil
Religions
Hindu, Roman Catholic, Muslim
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Our Number

Mauritius
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
74
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
27.30%
INFANT MORTALITY
INFANT MORTALITY
14.3 per 1,000
ORPHANED
ORPHANED
23,000
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
8.30%
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
$9,300
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AVERAGE LIFESPAN
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
82
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
#N/A
INFANT MORTALITY
INFANT MORTALITY
5.2 per 1,000
ORPHANED
ORPHANED
45,000
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
7.10%
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
$52,200

Our Impact

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The SOS Children's Village in Mauritius provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
2 VILLAGES 115 Orphaned and Abandoned Children
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The SOS Youth Facilities in Mauritius provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
1 YOUTH FACILITIES 63 Youths in our Care
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The SOS Kindergarten in Mauritius are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
2 KINDERGARTENS 240 Kindergarten students
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SOS Vocational Training Centres in Mauritius provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
1 VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES 131 Youth and adult students
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SOS Social Centres in Mauritius aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
2 SOCIAL CENTRES 893 Beneficiaries

Our Impact

SOS Village Icon
VILLAGES
The SOS Children's Village in Mauritius provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
2
VILLAGES
115
Orphaned and Abandoned Children
SOS Youth Care Program Icon
YOUTH FACILITIES
The SOS Youth Facilities in Mauritius provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
1
YOUTH FACILITIES
63
Youths in our Care
SOS Early Childhood Education Kindergarten Icon
KINDERGARTENS
The SOS Kindergarten in Mauritius are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
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KINDERGARTENS
240
Kindergarten students
SOS Vocational Training Icon
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
SOS Vocational Training Centres in Mauritius provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
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VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
131
Youth and adult students
SOS Social Centre Icon
SOCIAL CENTRES
SOS Social Centres in Mauritius aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
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SOCIAL CENTRES
893
Beneficiaries

Some facts about Mauritius


The Republic of Mauritius is an island situated in the Indian Ocean, just off the south coast of Africa. Its capital is Port Louis. Experts have called it an African social and economic success story. Democratic elections are held on a regular basis and human rights are generally respected and protected.


Economically, the island once heavily depended on the cultivation of sugar cane. However, over the last decades, the country's economy has diversified. The production of textiles and textile-related products began in the 1970s.


Mauritius' palm-fringed beaches continue to attract thousands of visitors from all over the world, making tourism another main pillar of the country's economy. Mauritius is admired for its rich flora and fauna. Some of the plants on Mauritius cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Owing to its history, Mauritius has always been a melting pot of cultures and ethnic heritage.


Human trafficking remains a pressing problem


Since independence, Mauritius has developed from a low-income country with an economy that was largely based on agriculture to a middle-income country with a more diversified economy.


Infant mortality rates have dropped, universal access to health care has been secured, malaria and polio eliminated and nearly the entire population has access to clean drinking water. According to the Central Statistical Office, fertility rates have also dropped noticeably over recent years while life expectancy has been on the rise.


However, poverty has not fully disappeared from the island. Neither has violence against women, children losing parental care as a result of poverty or the social exclusion of children who suffer disabilities. In this tropical paradise, there is still a share of disadvantaged and poor people, particularly in rural areas.


Around 300 Malagasy women transited Mauritius during the first six months of 2010 en route to employment as domestic workers in Lebanon. Some of these women were subsequently subjected to conditions of forced labour.


The United Nations Human Development Index analyses and evaluates the development situation of a country by looking at a variety of different factors. According to the index, Mauritius is currently ranked 72 out of more than 150 countries.


HIV/AIDS does not affect Mauritius to the same extent as it affects most other African nations: according to a 2010 UN AIDS report, there are currently around 8,000 people in Mauritius living with HIV/AIDS. Around 22 per cent of the people in need received antiretroviral therapy.


Situation of the children in Mauritius


A number of indicators clearly show how much progress Mauritius has made concerning the protection of its children. The country's infant mortality rate dropped from 15.3 per 1,000 live births in 2007 to 14.6 in 2008, universal access to education has been secured and a number of infectious diseases have virtually been eradicated.


The constitution of Mauritius clearly prohibits forced labour and slavery. Although the government of Mauritius has significantly strengthened its legal framework to fight child labour, the commercial exploitation of minors has not completely disappeared. Girls aged ten or even younger have been found in prostitution.


The prevalence of child labour may be fairly low but children are still involved in agricultural activities, street vending and domestic service. Many of these children work in rather hazardous environments where they have to use dangerous machinery.


Mauritius remains a country in which children are subjected to sex trafficking. Young girls from all different parts of the island, in particular from Rodrigues Island, are forced into prostitution both within Mauritius and abroad.


Child abandonment continues to be a major problem in Mauritius. Poverty and change in partners are cited as the main reasons. Over recent years, the number of street children has increased across the island. In total, around 1,000 in Mauritius live either fully or temporarily in the street. Street children are highly vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse, neglect and violence.
 

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