CADCA and Mauritius-Based NGO Joseph Lagesse Foundation Launch First Community-Driven Pilot Project to Address Substance Abuse in Mauritius
On April 9th, CADCA and Mauritius-based NGO Joseph Lagesse Foundation launched the first community-driven pilot project to address substance abuse in Mauritius. CADCA consultants Dr. Eduardo Hernandez and Ms. Abbie Vianes facilitated the first training session, working with representatives from four Mauritian communities.
The initial period of collaboration will last one to two years, with CADCA consultants training community representatives and supporting their efforts to establish tailored, local anti-drug initiatives. Joseph Lagesse Foundation will act in a project coordinator capacity.
Groupe IBL CEO Arnaud Lagesse said of the initiative: “It was necessary to mobilize members from all participating parties to join forces and face these phenomena that plague communities in Mauritius.”
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The Joseph Lagesse Foundation, CADCA Launch First Community-Driven Project to Address Substance Abuse in Mauritius
April 11, 2018 Jean Claude Le Roy
The Joseph Lagesse Foundation is proud to spearhead the first community-driven project to prevent drug addiction in Mauritius that uses the SPF model. It will partner with international NGO CADCA, which holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is a leader among NGOs fighting substance abuse in the U.S.
This project in partnership with the Joseph Lagesse Foundation will oversee four communities over a two-year period: Bois Marchand, Solitude, Mangalkan, and Barkly. In this framework, representatives from several sectors (education, health, community activists, youth, organizations, and others) will mobilize around a common cause that will service their community.
The period of technical assistance will last between one and two years, involving three five-day sessions per year. The U.S. will fund the initiative as an international aid program run by CADCA, which will provide the technical assistance. CADCA consultants Dr. Eduardo Hernandez and Abbie Vianes will be responsible for the training sessions in these four communities in order to allow their representatives to establish local initiatives, with Fondation Joseph Lagesse acting in a project coordinator capacity.
“We now know that the most effective projects for the empowerment of vulnerable populations and the reduction of poverty are the projects that are conceived and co-implemented by the community and partners. The harms of drug addiction (including alcohol and tobacco), addictive behaviors, and their economic effects are considerable. This is why it was necessary to mobilize members from all participating parties to join forces and face these phenomena that plague communities in Mauritius,” explains Groupe IBL CEO Arnaud Lagesse.
In 2016, the Joseph Lagesse Foundation established the Community Development Center, working closely with the Bois Marchand Community.
The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.