In 2013, the Club Med funded the construction of the Terre de Paix educational garden at Albion where children from all over the island of Mauritius can develop their senses and sensitivity to art and nature with a teaching course. The Foundation has been supporting the development of its educational activities from its inception.
About Terre de Paix
The Terre de Paix Foundation for Childhood was founded in 1979 and cares for the most vulnerable children, without discrimination, from the disadvantaged communities of Mauritius. Approximately 200 children including about thirty boarders, as well as their parents, receive support from Terre de Paix, which currently has children's homes, childcare centres, nursery schools, a specialised school 'Atelier du Savoir' (knowledge workshop) and an educational garden.
From its base in Albion, it sets up organisations to help educating children as well as monitor their circumstances, including their health and nutrition, in various towns on the island. The children's educational garden of Albion focuses on cultural fulfilment, exploration of the biodiversity and the cultural heritage of the country.
With the Club Méditerranée
The children's educational garden of Albion, funded by the Club Méditerranée, uses a combination of ecology, creativity, games of days gone by and cultural expression in a beautiful space at the heart of nature. Based on the principle that a child needs to be stimulated in an amusing way that incorporates every one of their physical, mental and emotional dimensions.
In this regard, the 'stopover itineraries' are a useful way of starting initiatives and providing educational support. In addition to the endemic garden, the nursery and the facilities for exploring art and cultural heritage, there are some individual tools, such as the booklets, which are used by each child to understand the process better and retain the benefits for longer.
Use of the collected funds
The funds raised will be dedicated to setting up the discovery garden, which will welcome around 150 children every year, supported by Terre de Paix and their mentors, providing them with an exceptional experience of "life in nature", with all the benefits such an opportunity entails.
Reconnecting children with nature has a positive influence on their behaviour. By giving them the chance to sleep in the heart of nature, these vacation camps help to regulate the children's biological clock and give them a necessary break from the digital technologies that tend to isolate them from their environment. These camps will encourage contact and exchange with members of the group. The money raised will finance the purchase of tents, kitchen, tables and benches made of recycled plastic, sanitary facilities, storage units, solar lamps, etc.