The National Children's Council (NCC) received a cheque of Rs 225 000 as well as DVDs on road safety for children from the company LafargeHolcim, yesterday afternoon at the seat of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare in Port-Louis, in the context of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
The DVD, an initiative of Lafarge Holcim, comprising of cartoon clips which combine entertainment and educational contents to raise awareness about road dangers in particular for school children, was officially launched.
Present on the occasion, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, expressed gratitude to the company for taking interest into the most vulnerable members of the society, in particular children coming from a deprived background. The NCC, she added, is always endeavouring to cater for the needs of the steadily increasing number of children requiring help.
The Minister underlined that Government is striving to provide these children with a positive and safe environment and added that the initiative of LafargeHolcim is contributing to that mission. On that score, she pointed out that the kind gesture of the company is not only a monetary contribution but will also help to make the children feel valued.
Speaking about road dangers, Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus recalled that curbing road accidents is at the core of Government's agenda and it is doing its utmost to raise awareness among the population. Indeed, she observed, when it comes to educate about road safety, one should certainly start right at the bottom of the society, that is, with children.
As for the CEO of LafargeHolcim for the Indian Ocean Cluster, Mr Urs Straub, he underlined that community engagement is an important part of the company's CSR policy in Mauritius. We share a longstanding collaboration with the Government to support its health and education programme as well as social development, he said.
Source: Government of Mauritius