Fondation Joseph Lagesse cares for sick people who need medical treatment that is not provided in public hospitals or in case of emergencies.

Unfortunately, funds being very limited, support can only be provided for three requests per year for a maximum annual fund of Rs 800,000 in total. Fondation Joseph Lagesse also aims at supporting access to health services, especially for vulnerable groups that face unwelcoming.

community development



For more than 12 years, Fondation Joseph Lagesse has been working in poor areas in an attempt to help vulnerable families come out of the poverty trap.

Community development involves fostering an environment for members of an underserved neighbourhood, to become actors of their social and economic development. This is about helping the members of the community to make the right choices for their area, working with and not for the community.

At FJL, we do so through needs assessment, capacity-building, planning, implementation of a community-based initiative and project evaluation, along the Strategic Prevention Framework model.

The Community Development department works in close collaboration with other divisions of the Foundation and IBL group: education, health, environment and sustainable development. Projects are run for three years before FJL evaluates and re-defines new community needs and goals.

Fondation Joseph Lagesse is active at Chemin Rail, in Rivière du Rempart, and at Bois Marchand on the outskirts of Port-Louis. It works in close collaboration with other NGO’s and associations, public services and other stakeholders authorities.



Education is Fondation Joseph
Lagesse’s first area of focus

For more than 10 years, we have been supporting education in many ways, in areas of extreme poverty, to bring about solutions to dramatic situations, where children are excluded from the mainstream education system or have no opportunity to show their capacity. Education is not the filling of a pot, but the lighting of a fire.

How? By promoting education and fostering an environment for children to attend school: providing food, basic hygiene, good environmental factors and, most of all, the drive and willingness to learn.

At FJL, our Education and Community Development departments work in close collaboration.

Our programs include :

  • The Bois Marchand pre-primary school: 2 classes comprising 25 pupils each, about 50 children enrolled in total, 3 certified teachers.
  • Afterschool activities at Bois Marchand: creative workshops for primary-level children living in Bois Marchand, attending Terre Rouge Government School.
  • Food program: breakfasts for all children from the educational program; lunch for pre-primary school children; and afternoon snacks for those attending the afterschool activities.
  • Educational field trips for children.
  • Home visits program: supports education delivered at the pre-primary school.
  • Afterschool activities for children living at Chemin Rail: permaculture, beekeeping, academic support.
  • Support to young adults for their tertiary studies: financial support towards young Mauritians’ tertiary education, both overseas and in Mauritius.