Adoption of Two Poor Rural Communities, Mauritius
SSIO Mauritius has adopted two poor rural communities consisting of 77 underprivileged families. The living conditions of the villagers is quite difficult, with many challenges including: poverty, drugs, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, poor hygiene and unemployment. SSIO Mauritius has planned several initiatives that can make a positive impact in the lives of these people:
- Feeding the needy
- Improving nutrition of children and providing paediatric facilities
- Public speaking educational sessions on the dangers of drugs and alcohol
- Health, sanitation and hygiene improvement campaigns
- Free tuition (tutoring) to kids and youth, along with recreational activities
- Medical camps
The community adoption programme began on Sunday 24th June 2018 with a village clean-up campaign and distribution of food to needy families. More than 150 Sathya Sai volunteers turned up to clean the littered streets. Using various tools brought by the volunteers such as rakes, hoes, pickaxes, shovels and grass-cutters, the villagers joined with the SSIO volunteers to clean the village. Rubbage and debris, including old household appliances, furniture, tires, mattresses, plastic bottles, broken toys and tree branches, were loaded in trucks for appropriate disposal.
At the end of the day, 75 boxes of food provisions were offered to the needy families.