“Honour Our Parents Every day” – H.O.P.E. – The Indian Ocean Center for Education in Human Values of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education (ISSE–IOC), on the island nation of Mauritius, is well known for its human values programmes based on the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba. In the context of Sathya Sai’s 90th Birthday celebrations, the ISSE–IOC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development & Family Welfare, the Social Welfare Centre of Montagne Blanche, and the Montagne Blanche Sathya Sai Centre, dedicated a seventh H.O.P.E Family Values Monument in the village of Montagne Blanche in Mauritius. The ceremony was attended by about 125 people, including 75 families from the villages of Vuillemin and Montagne Blanche.
The monument stands majestically in front of the Sathya Sai School, in the Social Welfare Centre of Montagne Blanche. The unveiling of the H.O.P.E. monument was performed by the Hon. Soomilduth Bholah, Minister of Business, Enterprise & Cooperatives, in the presence of other distinguished guests. The Minister was touched by the unique depiction of the core family values of love, care, and compassion in the statue and requested the authorities to construct another H.O.P.E. monument in the eastern part of Mauritius. The Hon. Minister inaugurated a shelter for needy children as well, and the opening ceremony included a human values march, titled “La Paix de Noel,” by the children and their parents from the two villages, Vuillemin and Montagne Blanche.