Esokia commits to World Humanitarian Day


Esokia commits to World Humanitarian Day

Esokia is committed to being a socially responsible company. This is reflected in its action on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, celebrated on August 19th. In this sense, the web development agency organized a collection of clothes and foodstuffs whose proceeds were entrusted to the association Lovebridge, to be redistributed to people in need.

A collaboration between Esokia and Lovebridge

Esokia went to Lovebridge in Les Kocottes, St. Pierre to drop off the donations of clothing and food.

Lovebridge is a non-political and secular organization that has been working closely with Mauritian families since 2012. The organization is composed of social workers, psychologists, and a management team and specializes in providing psychosocial support to vulnerable families and families living in poverty.

Lovebridge is a partner of Business Mauritius, a national player alongside the government, businesses, NGOs and civil society for the advancement of the family and the holistic development of the child.

As for "Les Kocottes", it is not the name of a village, but a gathering place, created to strengthen the development of educational, citizen, artistic and circular economy initiatives. Located in former hen houses on a 3.6 hectare site in Saint-Pierre, the premises have been renovated and fitted out by Moka Smart City.

Patrick Morin, Director of Esokia, a committed company

"All of us at Esokia are proud to support, in our own way, local and international committed actors. Such initiatives allow us to have an impact on our modern society and we will continue to implement various actions in order to improve our commitment and the creation of responsible initiatives."

What is the World Humanitarian Day?

On August 19, 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad killed 22 aid workers, including the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Five years later, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating August 19 as World Humanitarian Day.

Each year, the theme of World Humanitarian Day brings together partners from across the humanitarian community to promote the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises and the safety and security of humanitarian workers.
This year we show the importance, effectiveness and positive impact of humanitarian work.
World Humanitarian Day is a campaign of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The theme for World Humanitarian Day 2022

The theme for the 2022 edition of World Humanitarian Day is "Faces of Courage". It pays tribute to all those humanitarian workers who often intervene in the most hostile environments to help people in need.

Ravi Heerooa, Regional Coordinator de Lovebridge

Created by Harold Maire in 2012 in Curepipe Starlight, Lovebridge is a non-political and secular organization partner of Business Mauritius that plays an active role at the national level alongside government, businesses, NGOs, civil society for the advancement of the family and holistic child development. Lovebridge is present throughout Mauritius, Plaine Willem, Bel Ombre, Tamarin, Black River, Pamplemousse, Riviere du Rempart, Curepipe. 

In 2016, in order to help families in Mauritius living in deep poverty, Lovebridge received financial support from the government. This was a five-year commitment. Our area of expertise is providing psychosocial support to vulnerable and low-income families. In order to build a network and interact with the families face-to-face, we relocate to the cities. As a result, we are able to work with these families. Of course, if they are in agreement.

The team is composed of social workers, psychologists/counsellors, and a management team. The driving force behind Lovebridge is accompaniment. The social workers are trained to accompany these families. It's about empowerment. We encourage these families without overdoing it, i.e. "nou pa lapess pou zot, nou montrer zot couma lapess." We support these target households through six key pillars: children's education, housing, health, employment/employability, food/nutrition and MASCO (Motivation, Positive Attitude, Know-how and Courage).

From 2016 to 2021, we served approximately 50 families in the Mocha area through this program. 90% of those classified as extreme poverty were able to get out of the red, in other words, work on their MASCO. By the end of 2020, we have accompanied more than 600 children to school, and more than 50% of them have made academic progress thanks to Lovebridge's help and the active participation of parents.  In our surveys, school failure is almost always correlated with poverty.

We have launched another project in 2021. A Family Support Program (FSP) is being implemented in high schools through a partnership between Lovebridge and Fortifies Learning Environment Unit (FLEU) of the National Social Inclusion Foundation (NSIF) and other organizations.

"We experience what these families go through on a daily basis, our goal is to go above and beyond so that these children can break this cycle of poverty" - Ravi Heerooa, Regional Coordinator


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