Mauritania, or to The island of Mauritius, part of the Mascarene Islands is located off the southeast coast of Madagascar and is widely seen an an example of an emerging democracy following its independence from the UK in 1968. Today Mauritius, with its population of some 1,284,264, is seen as an ideal tourist attraction as well as having growing financial and industrial sectors. However this rise in economic growth has seen many turn to industrialisation for employment creating family strains, addictions and increases in crime. Despite being described as an island paradise, for many living in Mauritius life is one of poverty, often going to bed hungry without having basic needs met particularly in the neglected rural regions of Mauritius and on the island of Rodrigues.
The past few years have seen droughts across Even those in more urban areas have seen levels of poverty increase following the recent world financial crisis as, in addition to tourism, the economy mainly depends on exports of textiles to Europe and the United States. UNICEF report "Pockets of poverty remain, and child abuse and violence against women, sexual exploitation, increasing drug and alcohol dependency among young people and the exclusion of children with disabilities all are cause of concern." Despite this, for most living standards are high with Mauritius in 80th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country with a life expectancy of 73.4 yrs. Child sponsor programs in Mauritius focus on working with orphaned and abandoned children as well as helping children from poorer families with the equipment they require to attend school and access to other health and social welfare resources. You can make a difference when you sponsor a child in Mauritius.
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