April 18, 2020

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Jonathan Arsène, the voluntary soul

This time of confinement saw the birth of many acts of solidarity among citizens. Jonathan Arsène, CSR Assistant at the Medine Horizons Foundation since 2018, also contributes to the building. Beyond the coordination work that he pursues in collaboration with the NGOs of the service area of ​​the foundation, he has, without hesitation and on a voluntary basis, answered the call of Caritas Mauritius to distribute food to families vulnerable but also those who did not have time to refuel because of the confinement caused by COVID-19. 

In the field since Saturday March 29, from 11:30 am to 6 pm alongside a team of eight people, he coordinates the distribution of food packs in the Beau Bassin, Barkly and Chebel region. He thus lists the names of the families who have asked for help from Caritas and at the same time takes care of going from family to family to deliver bags of basic foodstuffs and hygiene products.

It is a big job which, thanks to the cooperation of the shops, allows us to help these families. Since the start of the operation, we have reached approximately 265 families in the Beau Bassin region alone, including Chebel and Barkly. I am all the more happy to know that the employees of our Group have contributed to this, ”he explains.

In fact, Medine Group employees responded to the call for donations from Caritas Mauritius during the first week of confinement caused by COVID-19. The Medine Horizons Foundation, meanwhile, was committed to doubling each rupee received from employees. The amount donated to Caritas, therefore, amounted to Rs 77,200, which corresponds to 128 sacks of food. 

The work does not stop there for Jonathan who continues to coordinate the distribution of foodstuffs in order to help as many vulnerable families as possible. On Wednesday, April 15, the Agriculture division of the Medine Group donated an additional 500 kilos of fruit, intended for Caritas de Bambous. Jonathan was on site to help the teams in the Agriculture packhouse to box these fruits, before handing them over to Caritas de Bambous. 

Fruit donation to Sylvina Jean, coordinator of Caritas Saint Sauveur de Bambous.