Japanese Bulk Carrier MV Wakashio - Ecological Disaster in Mauritian Lagoon
The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio went down the ocean as it was scuttled on the 24th August 2020, and the ship took more with it than just its own debris. Pointe d'Esny, south of Mauritius, lost its stunning turquoise waters, and many fishermen forgone their main source of income as the oil leaked into the water affecting the fish and their job. Imagine being the breadwinner, relying on the bounty of the sea to feed your family this is not easy to take on.
With the Covid outbreak causing enough damage worldwide, the oil leak was akin to adding salt to the wound. The SD Worx Payback Committee, in an attempt to ease the affected families hardship, went out to buy grocery items and donate to those who were directly impacted. On the 18th September 2020, a group from our Committee went to Mahebourg, visited the families, house after house, and provided support. We donated several food items, milk for children, diapers, school items, clothes among other things direly need by the families. That moment of relief that is seen in their eyes makes our work all worth it. Because in the end, that is our purpose - to make a difference.