Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
The Loïs Lagesse Trust Fund (Centre Loïs Lagesse) was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1983 to integrate the activities of the Welfare of the Blind. The Centre was founded by late Mr. Loïs Lagesse. It is managed by a Board of Trustees, and falls under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, National Security and Environmental and Sustainable Development. Mission To aid, train, educate and rehabilitate all blind persons in Mauritius and Rodrigues with a view to empower economic and social integration. The strategies used to achieve its mission includes specialised education, Pre-vocational & Vocational Training, motivation and counselling, community based rehabilitation, job placement, and training with community and employers In the 1990s, the Chinese Government and the United States Embassy donated instruments to the centre but these instruments depreciated over the years. An important aspect of the education dispensed by the centre pertains to Music and Lois Lagesse Trust Fund orchestra is often given the opportunity to perform in regional and national events. The Loïs Lagesse Trust Fund orchestra has become famous due to the musical equipment and the participation of blind musicians and singers. With the new ones, they have been able to continue with their rehearsal and performance at different functions. There was a need to upgrade the orchestra performance and the project has been executed.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
On the occasion of Music Day 2018, the Trust received a grant of Rs 200,000 (5000 USD) from the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage for renewal of musical instruments. Since then, the orchestra was better equipped to perform in different events. Recently, for the International Disability Day on the 3rd of December 2019, the Ministry of Social Integration, National Solidarity and Social Security contacted the Fund and the artists were given the opportunity to perform at the event in the presence of the Honourable Prime Minister and other imminent personalities. The blind musicians were very happy. The new equipment has better sound and this is an encouragement for them to continue in this field. Some have joined the music centre in Chebel and have even received prizes in competitions.