Care-Co, Port Mathurin: Address, Phone Number, Care-Co Reviews: 4.5/5

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Romford Essex75 contributions
Authentic Handicrafts
Oct 2018 • Solo
I visit Rodrigues each year and always go to Care co for gifts and souvenirs. From Keyrings to necklaces, pots and spoons, and more recently honey enriched soaps, there is something for everyone. Visitors are welcome to watch the crafts being made by disabled adults. The honey, when in season, is very sought after so buy some if it is in stock!
The school, for deaf and disabled children, situated in the same grounds as the workshop, is worth visiting too. All older students are taught beekeeping and agricultural skills. Gifts and donations are gratefully received and always put to good use. Do note the workshop closes at 3.40 and the school at about 1.45pm.
Written 3 October 2018
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London15 contributions
Best Honey in Town
Apr 2018 • Solo
This little shop sells the products made at the nearby workshops where people with a range of different disabilities make a range of gifts. Most of the products are made from polished coconut shells and are attractive additions to any sitting room. These can also be found in the airport duty-free shop when departing.

But the best products are those made by the local bees (and processed at the workshops). This depends on the season, whether there has been a good crop of blossom, and demand. The honey is supplied to many of the better hotels in Mauritius but can be bought here in the lovely hexagonal (mimicking the shape of the cells in a hive) jars that only Care-Co uses.

Try some of the honey while you are in Rodrigues and (if like me) you find it delicious take a few jars home with you. I find the hard tubes that bottles of whisky are sold in is an excellent way of packing the jars and protecting them on the flight home.
Written 31 May 2018
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Quatre Bornes3 contributions
Very good initiative
Oct 2016 • Family
It's a very initiative. Personally , i think that Care-Co should be given more attention by the Government of both Mauitius and Rodrigues. They are helping persons who would otherwise be dependent on others , to be independent. That's really great. But , the shop in Port Mathurin is not well located. My wife and me came across the shop by accident. We were looking for a restaurent for lunch, when we came across the shop. Talking to the shop manager about the shop's location, she told that to be situated else where would be too expensive. And that the goverment is not of great help.
So, if you are passing by Port Mathurin, please drop in and buy some souvenirs. It'll be of great help to the people who are manufacturing the products in the shop. The shop is located in front of Restaurant Piment Rouge.
Written 8 October 2016
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Reading, UK86 contributions
Inspiring and so worthwhile
Jun 2016 • Couples
Care-Co was set up by Paul Draper, who, as a young man, moved to Mauritius over 40 years ago to start a workshop for unemployed youngsters. He went on to set up other projects, including an orphanage, now run by the Anglican church, and a large craft workshop for adults with physical and learning disabilities. On a trip to Rodrigues he found there was no provision for people with disabilities so he set up Care-Co, which employs several people who would not otherwise have work. They make all sorts of things out of coconut shells, including jewellery, toys, mobiles, Christmas decorations and lots of other items for the home. Paul has also set up a scheme for disadvantaged people to keep bees and they make delicious honey which has regularly won prizes at the International Honey Show held in the UK.
The Care -Co workshop is at the western end of Port Mathurin, near the Fire Station (and the very good Tirozo restaurant!) and there is a shop there too selling the products. There is also a small separate shop opposite the market by the main bus station, and you can also buy some of the items at the Airport.
Next door to the workshop buildings is the Gonzague Pierre Louis Special Learning Centre which was set up after Paul noticed a child rooting through a bin during school hours and found out that because the child was deaf the schools couldn't teach him. He recruited Susan August, then teaching at Rodrigues College, to head up the new school for half a dozen or so deaf and hearing impaired children they found who weren't receiving any schooling. That was over 20 years ago. The school now has over 50 children, all of whom get lunch provided, including some who are deaf or hearing impaired and some who are severely visually impaired. Some children are referred to the Centre just because they have behavioural issues which the schools can't cope with but most are able to be re-integrated after a term or two, which is a great credit to the work of the staff.
The amazing thing is that for many years the only funding the projects got was raised by Paul who went to organisations and charities around the world telling them about the needs in Rodrigues, and recruiting experts to come and advise on a regular basis. There is now some government help but not much, and not enough. For example, the school was supposed to be getting help from a specialist blind school in Mauritius but they have ended up devising and making their own Braille boards - it was great to learn that one boy who is virtually blind has mastered Braille so quickly that he is now teaching other children!
Paul has devoted his life to helping under-privileged disabled people to be able to make more of their lives than would have been expected in their circumstances and it is really inspirational to see the results. The Care-Co products make great souvenirs of your trip to Rodrigues too!.
Written 12 July 2016
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