SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children grow up with the care, protection and relationships they need to become their strongest selves (photo: SOS Children’s Villages in Mauritius)

The Republic of Mauritius is an island situated in the Indian Ocean, just off the southeastern coast of Africa. Experts have called it an African social and economic success story. Democratic elections are held on a regular basis and human rights are generally respected and protected. The country’s economy has diversified and the production of textiles and tourism are important sources of employment. Nevertheless, poverty is still a reality for many people in Mauritius, especially in rural areas.

SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Mauritius since 1992.

Children are at risk

Mauritius has made much progress concerning the protection of children. The country's infant mortality rate dropped, and universal access to clean drinking water, healthcare and education has been secured. However, economic growth has not been equal across the country, and many children face challenges trying to escape poverty. Furthermore, although the government of Mauritius has taken steps to fight child labour, the commercial exploitation of minors has not completely disappeared.
Of food is imported into Mauritius

High food prices

Mauritius’ economic growth in recent years has not benefitted everyone equally and many people still live in poverty, especially in the country’s rural areas. Food production on the small island can be difficult due to unfavorable climate conditions and shortage of land. Hence, about 75% of food has to be imported. However, as global prices of basic foods tend to fluctuate, many cannot afford to feed their families. This puts children at particular risk, as this may limit their physical and intellectual growth.

Of children in Mauritius have to work

Children are exploited

Despite concrete efforts by the government of Mauritius to combat child labour, 2% of children are still forced to work. This may seem fairly low but children are still involved in agricultural activities, street vending and domestic service. Many of these children work in hazardous environments where they have to use dangerous machinery. Others, especially young girls, are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation.

Of the population lives in poverty in Mauritius


While there has been a slight reduction in poverty, 8% of the population are still living in poverty, as better-off individuals benefitted from economic development more than poorer ones. Income inequality has grown due to a decrease in demand for unskilled labour. This is now threatening the livelihoods of poor families, especially in the rural areas of Mauritius. Children from these families are severely disadvantaged.

Together we can make a difference for children in Mauritius

Can stay together
Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Learn at our kindergarten
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
SOS Children’s Villages Mauritius supports families in the neighbouring community so that their children can live in better conditions. Simla and her family is one of the many families that SOS Children’s Villages Mauritius is helping. The family are facing some financial difficulties but they are striving hard to make ends meet (photo: SOS Children’s Villages in Mauritius).

Let’s keep on protecting children and young people!

Many children have been able to find a safe and secure home. With your help, we can continue to change their lives