Cheque Presentation to NGOs Mam San Baz and TIPA
Juristconsult Chambers presented two cheques of Rs 100,000 each to the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) Groupe Tonnelle (Mam San Baz) and Terrain for Interactive Pedagogy through Arts (TIPA), through Marc Hein, Head of Practice and barrister at the law firm. The ceremony, which was held on 11 December 2015 at the Café du Vieux Conseil in Port Louis, is part of Juristconsult’s social commitment towards the homeless and children from vulnerable backgrounds.
Groupe Tonnelle (Mam San Baz) is an association which supports 250 homeless in the capital city. On top of lunch offered every Sunday afternoon, the volunteers seek to create a brotherly community through popular games such as dominos and caroms. The Groupe Tonnelle also provides basic hygiene services, offering hairdressing and shaving facilities to the Mam San Baz (homeless). Other activities carried out by the group are food donations to needy families, distribution of clothing, support in job search as well as consolidation and construction of houses for the homeless.
The other association TIPA, also sponsored by Juristconsult this year, works to help children who experience academic learning difficulties. TIPA’s action revolves around three areas namely the arts, interactive education and essential life skills. These components are the very essence of TIPA and are integrated into the various programmes. 6 schools in priority education zones, 590 children, 125 parents and 400 teachers are positively impacted by this programme.
Marc Hein, who welcomed the initiative of these two NGOs, dwelt on the need to take care of the under-privileged, “by supporting TIPA and Mam San Baz, we want to show our social commitment towards organisations that work to improve the living environment of adults and children in need”. Mr. Hein reminded that the law firm also engages in pro bono legal work. For example, one of the firm’s lawyer represented the association Prévention Information Lutte contre le Sida (PILS) before the Supreme Court in the case of the young Cameroonian student who was denied a residence permit because of her HIV status. The State then intervened to allow the student to continue her studies on humanitarian grounds.
Diana Flore who is in charge of Groupe Tonnelle thanked Juristconsult Chambers for supporting the association: “I am pleased to present our project today. These homeless are not just beggars; among them are found people who come from respected backgrounds but whose lives have dramatically tilted due to troubles.” Angelique de La Hogue, project manager of TIPA also thanked the law firm for its assistance and said: “without the support of companies like Juristconsult, our projects would not be able to come into being and they would fall through.”
The ceremony was attended by the staff of Juristconsult Chambers.