Child Sponsor Mauritius
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.
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.