Next Trip – TBC
When you think of Mauritius you think of a paradise in the Indian Ocean, you wouldn’t think of a place where there is such a void between rich and poor in which it looks like not much has changed since the times of slavery. Named “Poverty in Paradise, our project on the Island started in 2017 with a lot of people saying “how can there be poverty in Mauritius”. Well, there is and amongst it, you will also find child sex workers and drug dealing to exploit their situation. Adventure Aid has partnered with The Overseas Mauritian Society in the UK and now works with children’s charities on the Island to deliver a range of child education and welfare services to the poorest children and disadvantaged Afro-Mauritian families living in conditions you would not keep farm animals in.
The Poverty in Paradise project aims to provide funding raised from the annual trip to deliver small projects in some of the poorest areas of the Island which are hidden away but within sight of the luxury resorts. Basic sanitation and washing facilities, after-school community projects, centres where the children can get breakfast and have a wash and education projects where children who can’t or won’t go to school due to their personal circumstances can gain skills for a better life.
The team be living at a children’s centre in a village called La Collett and over 3 days will be working within the shanty areas to help improve the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable by cleaning and painting their homes, providing new furniture and beds and our aim for 2019 is to fund the construction of a new toilet and washing block on the outskirts of the shanty area to provide those living without washing and sanitation a place to shower, use a proper toilet and wash their clothes. Mornings and evenings though will be filled with making breakfast and dinner for up to 150 of the local children. Part of the week is also be spent with a charity called Safire who deliver education and community projects for children in various parts of the Island to reduce them falling foul of the drugs or sex trade.
Your reward for all this? How about a day out on a catamaran seeing the dolphins and swimming off a coral reef followed by a day experiencing the Mauritians love for Horse Racing.
Like with all our adventures, change can happen and usually for the good, so keep an open mind and enjoy our adventure. The minimum donation for a place is £1700 and to reserve your place a £200 non-refundable deposit secures your place on the team then we require a further £800 eight months before the trip with the remaining £700 eight weeks before departure.
We will run a kitty for some meals and drinks but water is provided throughout the day. We also recommend bringing 20kg of donations which could be toys / bubbles / clothes / sports equipment / stationary etc.
To find out more drop me an email or give me a call on 07766 821900.
Saturday: We all meet at Heathrow/Gatwick and head off as a team.