A.P.E.I.M is an assocaition that does a lot for handicapped children in Mauritius. APEIM is an acronym standing for Association de Parents d’Enfants Inadaptes de l’Ile Maurice. Their head quarters is at St Paul, Mauritius but they have schools set up all round the island.
At these schools they receive handicapped children that would otherwise have nowhere to go and they try to teach them some basic reading and writing skills. When they are old enough, they go to “l’atelier” where they are taught an array of things: how to make pillows, girl’s handbag, curtains and they are taught skills like sewing and if I’m not mistaken some carpentry. From time to time, they go to the swimming pool and do sports.
a mat they made.
APEIM is not rich, they don’t get a lot of money from the government, and so they make some money by selling what they make. Sometimes they get orders from big shops and this really helps them I guess!
The aim of this post is not to make anyone shed a tear at them; they do not need pity but they need support for the incredible job they are doing! Sometime uni students drive me crazy, now just imagine them coping with handicapped kids! They toil a lot more than most of us but I guess the satisfaction they get is immense.