- 28 November, 2016: The Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Aurore Perraud met with Ms Vasundhra Sachdeva, Managing Director of Centre of Excellence in Alternative Care for Children (New Delhi) and Research Scholar with the Institute of Technology and Management (ITM) University, Gurgaon, on 25 November 2016. The meeting was held at the office of the Minister.
The meeting focused on the findings of a research carried out by Ms Vasundhra Sachdeva on the Foster Care System in Mauritius. One of the objectives of the research is to determine ways and means to professionalise the actual Foster Care System.
This initiative will serve to professionalise the Foster care Service in order to cater for the urgent needs of these children and to enhance the services provided by Foster families, pointed out Mrs Perraud.
Highlighting the current situation in Mauritius, the minister expressed her concern for the 500 children placed in 21 shelters who have yet been to be welcomed in a Foster family.
Ms Sachdeva underlined that in the wake of several cases of child abuse, negligence and other forms of exploitation, it is imperative to cater for the protection of abused children. She reflected on the dire atrocities that children are subject to in India and underscored the need to boost such Programmes to better tackle this issue.
The Foster Care System aims at providing the opportunity to children, victims of abuse and neglect, to live in a substitute family on a temporary basis, to safeguard them from any hostile situation and help them grow physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually in an environment conducive for their growth.
Handing over of cheques to NGOs and Day Care Centres
After the meeting, cheques were handed over to ten Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), under the Special Collaborative Programme for Support to Women and Children in Distress. Through this initiative, Government aims at strengthening the capacity of NGOs so as to deliver quality services and come to the help of women and children in distress.
NGOs interested to take part in this cause were remitted cheques which will partly fund their projects aiming at providing support, assistance and social integration to vulnerable members of the population.
The minister also proceeded to the handing over of cheques for four Child Daycare Centres, under the One Off Grant Scheme, in a bid to empower the organisations in dispensing quality services.
Children should enjoy an excellent child growth in an appropriate social environment with a strong emotional support, thus preparing them to grow as good citizens, pointed out Mrs Perraud, while highlighting the necessity of providing a quality service to children.
This event follows the intensive campaigns of the Government to promote the importance of providing children with a good childhood development. A sum of approximately Rs480,933 was disbursed for this initiative.
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