THE OVERSEAS MAURITIAN SOCIETY: Charity football tournament in London

The Overseas Mauritian Society is a UK based charity, which has been set up in February 2012 by 4 Mauritian professionals residing in the UK. The aim of the charity is to bring the expat community together and help tackle social problems that still exist in Mauritius and to promote the Mauritian brand abroad.
Research shows that in Mauritius that there are over 5,000 children who are defined as street children. These children are either mostly from dysfunctional families or low-income parents.
We believe that through education and help from NGOs like our society, we can help to keep these children off the street and reduce their chances to be lured by drug dealers and alcohol.
Since 2012, we have been working together with a NGO in Mauritius called La Maison Coeur-Ecoute (LMCE), based in Cite Barkly, Beau Bassin in tackling the issue of education and nutrition. We have supported the local NGO both financially and logistically. Our programmes are to ensure that the children are provided with breakfast and lunch. Since August 2013, we have provided a music tutor, Mr Clarel Buffion to teach some of the children interested in music to have the opportunity to do so. They have already started with the recorder and will hopefully move on to other instruments.
We hope, through music, these children will enhance their education, culture and general development.
Events
This is the 3rd year we are organising a charity football tournament in London. The main purpose is to raise awareness of our campaign and we are very proud to say we have had full support of Mauritian teams in London.
The event will take place on Sunday 14th September in South London – Wandsworth Common Ground and we expect to have around 10 teams to take part.
We hope this event will also be an occasion to bring the Mauritian community together and enjoy a great day of sports with their family and learn about our charitable cause. This event is supported by a local caterer Mange Des Iles which will bring a taste of Mauritian cuisine on the day and a Mauritian accessories retailer – La Boutique Maurice.

All proceeds will be going to our charitable projects in Mauritius. We hope to continue with our Music school and also look at other projects where we can make a direct impact on children lives.
If you wish to find out more about us, please visit our website  HYPERLINK "http://www.theoverseasmauritiansociety.org" www.theoverseasmauritiansociety.org  or contact Ashwin Jokhoo or Pajani Singah (Trustees) at  HYPERLINK "mailto:theoverseasmauritiansociety@gmail.com" theoverseasmauritiansociety@gmail.com.