Mauritius’ NEF hands over keys to 46 families under social housing initiative
From January 2014 till date, some 3000 families across Mauritius and Rodrigues have benefited from the social housing units of the NEF. (Image: Maurice Info)
Giving wings to citizen’s hopes to own a home, 46 Mauritian families have benefitted from sturdy dwellings in the form of concrete-cum-corrugated iron sheet (CCIS) housing units, allocated under the social housing project of the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF).
An initiative that is in line with the Prime Minister`s vision of eradicating absolute poverty while giving all citizens an opportunity to contribute to the country’s economic development, its objective is to aid needy families with monthly income under Rs 6,500.
Under the NEF’s Integrated Social Development Programme, keys were handed to the 46 scheme beneficiaries on Thursday October 02, 2014 by the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Surendra Dayal, at the NEF building in Port Louis.
Poverty is one of the worst types of violence that can affect the entire life of a family, said Surendra Dayal, stressing on the importance of education to combat poverty and ensure empowerment of the needy so they can be integrated into the mainstream.
He also enumerated a series poverty alleviation mechanisms that are offered by the NEF in line with the government’s endeavors to eradicate absolute poverty in the country, where he appealed to families to take advantage of these services for their upliftment.
The approach developed under the Integrated Social Development Programme also provides support to the families in terms of social, economic and environmental aspects through education, training, employability and entrepreneurship with the assistance of the NGOs, which will eventually help the families to break the vicious circle of poverty.
From January 2014 till date, some 3000 families across Mauritius and Rodrigues have benefited from the social housing units of the NEF.