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Crowned world champion last May in Japan, Mauritian athlete Noemi Alphonse has not only made our country proud, but she also instills hope in the children of her neighborhood, particularly those of the NGO Future Hope.

“Even in a neighbourhood like Sainte-Croix, hope can flourish.” Mauritian Paralympic World Champion Noemi Alphonse embodies this hope for the children benefiting from the NGO Future Hope, explains the director, Marie-Noëlle Ramdeen. For them, she is living proof that perseverance and determination can transcend the most difficult obstacles.

At 28, Noemi Alphonse has never let her disability define her. Despite the challenges, she has worked tirelessly to achieve her sporting goals. Her gold medal in the T34 100 metres at the World Paralympic Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, in May 2024, symbolises not only a personal victory, but also a victory for the entire country. A journey that has not left the children of the NGO Future Hope indifferent.

And so, after the athlete's coronation, these children decided to celebrate her in their own way. Proud of her incredible performance, they decorated the streets with signs and banners to the sound of drums beating during a parade in Sainte-Croix on Friday, June 26.

Visibly moved, the athlete expressed her gratitude to the many people present to congratulate her. Shining as a symbol of hope for a neighborhood often marked by challenges, the world champion was also congratulated by the priest of the Sainte-Croix church, after the blessing.

A moment of sharing and reflection then followed with those present near the church. The positive impact of Noemi Alphonse as a role model for children in the region was discussed. With them, the world champion retraced her exceptional journey and her determination to prove that she could achieve her dreams. With passion, she spoke about the importance of perseverance and determination.

In Le Dimanche/L'Hebdo, Marie-Noëlle Ramdeen emphasizes that Noemi Alphonse's success is a source of pride for all. Above all, she is a living example that there is always a glimmer of hope, even in the darkest moments. Thanks to the world champion, rejoices the director of the NGO Future Hope, the children of Sainte-Croix can now dream bigger and believe in a better future.

“By achieving international success, Noemi shows the youth of Sainte-Croix and elsewhere that with determination, anything is possible. She is without a doubt a true heroine and a model of hope for the children of Future Hope. Her story inspires them to believe in their dreams, to aim high and to persevere despite the challenges they encounter along the way,” she emphasizes. She takes this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank the Future Hope team, the many sports and cultural groups, as well as the police, who played a vital role in the success of this parade in Sainte-Croix.

Since June 2013, the NGO Future Hope has been supporting children aged 5 to 18 and their families in its centres in Roche-Bois, Sainte-Croix, Résidence La Cure and Petite-Rivière. To date, more than 185 children and 110 families have benefited from its support. Future Hope's mission, explains Marie-Noëlle Ramdeen, is to offer disadvantaged children a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and grow, and to support them in developing their social and emotional skills.

Marie-Noëlle Ramdeen is convinced: “These children deserve our respect, our attention and our help. It is our duty to support them and help them achieve their dreams. Their future is our future. Our collective responsibility is to ensure that they have the same chances and opportunities as other children, regardless of their social background or origins. We must encourage them to contribute positively to society.”

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