In January, the Fondation Medine Horizons (FMH) set up its new headquarters in a charming little house in Bambous. The objective: create a space that is more accessible for the local citizens to meet and exchange ideas and establish an operating base for all actions undertaken by the Medine Group’s Foundation. At the end of the alley lined with flamboyant trees from Bambous to Medine Agriculture’s activities, this small creole-style house, sheltered by impressive Banyan trees (“Lafouches”), is overlooking the Medine football field. The new headquarters of the Fondation Medine Horizons were inaugurated on February 14, in the presence of the Honourable Alain Wong, Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment and Thierry Sauzier, CEO of the Medine Group.
Act, Give and Fund… This formula sums up the Group’s philosophy for its Foundation’s commitment and action as well as its employees’ voluntary participation in solidarity and collaborative projects with individuals and groups of the region.
In order to take further the Group’s collaboration with its partners, as well as its support for NGO initiatives, the Fondation Medine Horizons now occupies a charming little house, completely renovated and inaugurated on February 14, 2019, in the presence of the Honourable Alain Wong, Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment and Thierry Sauzier, CEO of the Medine Group. Were also present on this occasion: members of the parliament namely Alan Gunoo and Ezra Jhuboo, members of the Board of Directors and of the Management Committee of the Medine Group, as well as NGOs and associations of the region, with whom the FMH has had a long-standing collaboration for the implementation of various social projects in the area.
During his speech, the Honourable Alain Wong, Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment shared that: “Today, it is clear that the Ministry of Social Integration and the Fondation Medine Horizons have the same goal, which is to help the poor families of the western region to get out of poverty. In order to succeed in our mission to eradicate poverty, a harmonized, coordinated and consulted approach is required from all parties involved.”
The offices of the Foundation were, until now, located at the Medine Group’s Head Office in Uniciti Office Park. The Foundation needed a place that would be more accessible to the inhabitants of neighbouring villages, so that they could meet the Group’s CSR team in a more informal way. This new centre will also serve as a place for the various activities organised both with and by the NGOs and associations with whom the Foundation collaborates in the region, as well as with the Group’s employees who participate on a very regular basis in the Medine Volunteers programme.
During his inaugural speech, Thierry Sauzier, CEO of the Group, pointed out that: “Volunteering is one of the pillars of Medine’s action within the region. The Act, Give and Fund elements of our social aid philosophy are decisive factors that guide our operations as we firmly believe that development is sustainable only if it is inclusive and collaborative. In addition to funding NGOs and various projects, we encourage our employees, our private and public partners, companies of the Uniciti Office Park and students of the Uniciti Education Hub to participate by donating their time, skills and personal effects which they no longer use or can be shared.”
Therefore, the new centre of the Fondation Medine Horizons constitutes an undeniable asset for a fruitful interaction between those sharing their skills and time and the people benefiting from it.
The small house, which has been completely renovated, consists of the offices of the Foundation’s team and features a meeting and training room, a kitchen, a small storeroom and all office equipment sometimes required by NGOs or individuals. In addition, the storeroom will be used to store useful items donated by individuals and businesses for vulnerable people in the area – for example, small furniture, dishes, clothing, school supplies, non-perishable food and other accessories. Its elevated veranda, lined by four columns with a metal roof sheet, typical of Mauritian “Letan lontan” small houses, is also a welcoming meeting space for visitors.
The Foundation’s new headquarters have until now been used as changing rooms, being located a few metres away from a large football ground set up in sugarcane fields, about a hundred metres from the road at the southern exit of Bambous. The redevelopment also made it possible to refurbish these changing rooms, which are used by Medine’s employees as well as sports associations using the football ground – including the neighbourhood’s youth who come to train every week, under the supervision of the Football First Academy.
Moreover, in case the Foundation or NGOs need a beautiful space for social, charitable or outdoor sports activities – to gather, share, have fun by building networks and helping others – the huge space overlooked by the veranda, is an ideal spot.