GIS - 20 October 2014: Over 3000 beneficiaries both in Mauritius and Rodrigues have, since the last four years, benefitted from social housing projects initiated under the Housing and Community Development Programme of the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF), the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Surendra Dayal, said on October 17 at the seat of the NEF in Port Louis
The Minister was speaking in the context of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2014 which is marked every year on October 17. The theme chosen this year by the United Nations is: Leave no one behind: Think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.
Mr Dayal gave an overview of the achievements and challenges of the NEF with regards to the main axes of intervention to combat absolute poverty. These are: the Housing and Community Development programme; the Child and Family Empowerment programme; and the Placement and Training programme.
He emphasised that Government, through the various interventions of the NEF is striving to eliminate absolute poverty by putting an end to its intergenerational transmission and attending to the needs deficit of the poorer segment of the society to help them integrate mainstream society. He reiterated the vision of the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, to eradicate absolute poverty while giving the opportunity to every citizen to contribute to the economic development of the country.
It is recalled that the NEF, initiated in the 2006 budget, aims at broadening the circle of job opportunities to each Mauritian while reducing unemployment and fighting poverty in the context of the democratisation of the economy. It also comprises a social housing component.
Thus, 3000 families with a monthly income of less than Rs 6200 have benefitted under the Housing and Community Development programme which consists of Concrete cum Corrugated Iron Sheet housing units and Corrugated Iron Sheet housing units, As far as integrated housing projects are concerned, 199 families have benefitted from the scheme at La Valette Bambous, 19 families at Sottise Grand Baie, 22 families at Dubreuil and 59 families at Gros Cailloux Petite Rivière.
For the year 2014, some 21 600 children have been provided with school materials under the Child and Family Empowerment programme.
As for the Placement and Training programme, the number of beneficiaries totaled to 2 550 persons. Moreover, 465 Mauritians have benefitted from job opportunities under the circular migration programme to work in Canada while 30 are working in France, mostly in the hospitality sector.
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