Due to a change in legislation the Diocese has had to create a separate organization to benefit from funds provided by the business community.
In May 2011 ANGLICARE was set up with the aim of being able to bring relief to those in need, to reach out toward those who could not have access to funds but who found themselves either in direct need of help or those who want to start endeavours which would bring relief to others.
The objects of the Association are:
– To promote Community development, Social Justice and better integration of marginalized people in society;
– To encourage and promote an enhanced awareness for the welfare needs of the underprivileged;
– To support non-government organizations in their community and welfare projects;
– To create and manage community welfare projects to enhance quality of life for those in need;
– To establish and maintain close relationship with local and international organizations with similar objects; and to do all such things that are conducive to the attainment of the above objects.
Since it has started its operation Anglicare has contributed to many projects in line with the above objectives. Below are some of the projects undertaken.
ANGLICARE’s maiden project was made in collaboration with the outreach committee of St Paul’s Plaine Verte. A beekeeping project was found viable in the outskirts of Tranquebar where a number of families, many of whom are St Paul’s parishioners, showed active interest therein. Eighteen hives were set up in a fenced area and, despite the loss of some bee colonies, there has been some good honey production since early 2014. Sales proceeds were entirely remitted to the responsible families to supplement their revenue.
A similar project has started at Chrysalide Rehab Centre in Bambous under the aegis of St Simon’s outreach committee in Tamarin. Five hives have been set up and production started rapidly owing to plentiful presence of melliferous trees. In order to follow through on the successful honey making activities, it has been agreed that a proper processing unit for the collection, filtration and bottling of honey is now warranted. It so happens that the Chrysalide Centre at Bambous has a vacant facility strategically situated by the gate of the centre and our request for its use as a processing unit has been gladly accepted by the Board of the Centre. This facility can be used as a selling booth for the finished product and was launched on Wednesday 27th May, 2015.
A third project has started at St Hugh’s Home for the elderly comprising 10 hives within a fenced area. Many fruit trees being presently in blossom, honey production is in full swing.
St Hugh’s Home has implemented a number of quality-of-life development projects. The latest completed CSR-funded project which was jointly financed by MCB FORWARD FOUNDATION and SOTRAVIC comprised the complete re-asphalting and re -hauling of the Home’s driveways, parkings and alleys, thus ensuring a safer and more comfortable ambulation of inmates, whether by wheel chair or on foot. Access to all the apartments and locations is thus improved for emergency vehicles. Works have also been done for the renovation of kitchen openings and insect screens. Another major project being started is the renovation and uplifting of G. Emmanuel Block.
Since there are at present no specialised residential care homes offering a permanent haven to persons suffering from serious mental illnesses, a joint venture ANGLICARE/ FRIENDS-IN-HOPE for the building of a Haven Residential Care Home was started and fund raising commitments have started coming in.
There is also the creation of the Touch Centre in Tranquebar by the Outreach Committee of St Paul’s Plaine Verte. Some 27 children from the Tranquebar community have been receiving tuition and coaching every Saturday morning. The age group ranges from 8 to 14. Attendance each Saturday is almost always 100%. All the children are provided with a pack lunch and soft drink. Ten older children were recently provided with a tablet/iPad each.
Another educational accompaniment, the Bon Samaritain School Accompaniment Programme has just started in Surinam by St Luke’s Out-reach group. Some 25 children from so-called vulnerable background aged between 6 and 14 are following an educational assistance programme for a 12 week period. They all received a lunch pack each day. Upon completion, they were provided with some clothes and footwears. Funding is being sought to cater for school materials for next year.
Last year, the south of Madagascar was struck by violent cyclone Haruna and the Diocese of Tulear sought assistance for 6 month food supplies for those whose crops have been destroyed and funds for re-building houses which have been destroyed or badly damaged. An appeal was made to all our parishes and institutions. St Andrew’s School and all our parishes responded with great generosity and the sum Rs 120,000 and nearly 1,300kg of clothes, school materials and footwear were sent to Tulear.
A similar outreach initiative was shown by our parishes when Canal Dayot was struck by flood last year. ANGLICARE and CARITAS worked jointly in bring comfort and financial aid to the victims. A sum of Rs200, 000 was donated to Caritas and some other targeted actions were made to some of our parishioners in the region. International help received from His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu and from Over-seas Relief Action Fund of Australia and individuals in UK were channeled through ANGLICARE.
Our parishioners yet again responded with generosity in reaching out to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who were struck by the terrible cyclone Hayman. A sum of Rs 78,000 was sent to help in the reconstruction of Churches mostly.
ANGLICARE also responded to calls for financial assistance from the Christian communities of Iraq and Syria. The money collected has been sent to Christian Aid and Andrew White’s Federation for the Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East based in Baghdad.
Money was also collected for the people of Nepal following the earthquake which killed thousands of people and injured many more. Since then, people are living in makeshift camps around Kathmandu, having been made homeless by the quake or because they are too afraid to stay inside.
The outreach group of St Barnabas Church Pamplemousses has started an accompaniment programme for the rehabilitation of people’s victims of addictive substances. This project is being developed further with ANGLICARE’s assistance.
ANGLICARE, like all other NGOs rely on donations from private companies and individuals in order to have access to funds which then allows it to respond to the various requests made. The projects above have been wholly sponsored by donors and from requests made to the parishioners. Anglicare does not generate any source of funds. Funds are only received after requests are made to donors for specific projects. Funds thus received are directly channeled to the projects on whose behalf the requests were made.
Prior to changes brought to the structure of the allocation of funds under CSR, ANGLICARE also relied on the help of individual donors who enable us to cover non-CSR issues. We tried, obviously subject to funds available to entertain the requests which were made.
The Haven Residential Care Home for the mentally ill is a joint project of the Anglican Diocese of Mauritius and Friends in Hope, a voluntary association for the care and support of the mentally ill and their families. The Haven Residential Care Home will be the first specialised residential care home offering a permanent haven to persons suffering from serious mental illness such as schizopherenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive -compulsive disorder and related conditions in Mauritius. As you already know the Anglican Diocese has a long and continuing history of creating, managing educational and charitable institutions and projects and Friends in Hope founded in 1997 has continuously been providing rehabilitation and support to mentally ill persons. The architect has taken into account all the requirements stipulated under the Residential Care Homes Act 2005 and its subsequent amendments and regulations. Although works have started we have been able to gather only 1/10th of the construction costs. This project is a new opportunity of extending a charitable hand to those who need a structured and caring environment. The Haven will thus be the first professionally run facility in Mauritius specially dedicated to persons diagnosed with a disabling mental illness.
While trying to meet its objectives, ANGLICARE faces the same issues that other NGOs face. More and more NGOS are seeking more money from traditional funding sources. Anglicare is finding it more and more difficult to obtain such funds and to find donors who are willing to finance a specific project. It takes much time and effort and money itself to find and secure funding.
In this context, we are planning to come forward with a strategy to reach a more diversified range of donors who can provide additional funds for a diversified program to meet increasing needs. In addition Anglicare is looking for more expertise from the Anglican community as well as from elsewhere.
We hope that through these initiatives we will be able to secure funds which will allow ANGLICARE to reach out to and assist many more people. At the same time, ANGLICARE invites well-wishers and sponsors.
Rev Fr. Didier Lutchia,
All correspondence must be addressed to:
Diocesan Church House,