We Love Mauritius is a charitable NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) whose purpose is to promote environmental stewardship and social justice in the Republic of Mauritius. The founders met while working with Reef Conservation Mauritius and decided to set up a not-for-profit company to pursue their objectives in a transparent, efficient and effective manner.
Eugene Vitry is a well known local diver and photographer whose views on the marine environment are highly respected. He has a gift of communicating to any audience the key issues needed to protect the fragile ecosystems of our island. contact
Dr Richard L Munisamy is a Mauritian, born in the UK, who returned in 2006. Educated at Oxford he has worked as both an engineer and business consultant. He aims to apply his skills and experience to help steer Mauritius towards a future that is ecologically sustainable and more equitable for all. contact | blog | Press article (Pages 6-7)
May 2007: Richard joins Reef Conservation Mauritius as a volunteer.
June 2007: Eugene starts working full-time for Reef.
August 2007: Richard publishes an article "Climate change - an opportunity" in the News on Sunday, proposing that Mauritius aims to become carbon neutral.
October 2007: Richard makes a presentation to the Ministry of Environment about reef restoration.
November 2007: Richard starts working with Eugene on the Fixed Mouring Buoy project.
April 2008: Richard and Eugene start discussing the creation of a new NGO called "We Love Mauritius".
June 2008: The vision for We Love Mauritius is defined: “The development of an ecologically sustainable society in Mauritius”
September 19, 2008: Eugene and Richard attend the consultation exercise to develop Grand Baie representing We Love Mauritius.
September 23, 2008: Richard decides to create an alternative development plan as the first project of We Love Mauritius.
October 11, 2008: Domain welovemauritius.org is registered.
October 14, 2008: Prime Minister, Dr Navin Ramgoolan, announces the "Maurice Ile Durable" programme to UNESCO in Paris.
October 22, 2008: The name “WeLuvMu” is reserved with Companies Division.
October 29,2008: Application is made for WeLuvMu to be registered as a not-for-profit company.
November 11, 2008: Richard and Eugene present their plan for the development of Grand Baie to the Ministry of Tourism.
December 16, 2008: Application to be registered as a not-for-profit company is approved.
January 6, 2009: WeLuvMu is registered as a not-for-profit company.
January 7, 2009: Application is made for WeLuvMu to be registered as a charitable institution.
March 16-18, 2009: Maurice Ile Durable week takes place at the University of Mauritius.
April, 2009: We Love Mauritius starts contributing to the MID website.
May 27, 2009: We Love Mauritius is banned from contributing articles for the MID website for criticising government policy.
May 30, 2009: We Love Mauritius is reinstated as a contributor to the MID website after threatening legal action.
June 9, 2009: "MID Video Awards" are conceived as the first stage of the “Voice of Youth” project.
June 16, 2009: We Love Mauritius becomes the lead contributor to the MID website. Archive of main articles.
July 10, 2009: WeLuvMu is approved as a charitable institution.
August 2009: MID website "temporarily" closes down and starts its migration to a galaxy far, far away...
September 2009: Pilot version of MID Video Awards is launched after seed-funding is secured from IBL and Currimjee Jeewanjee.
October 13, 2009: CSR Fund is launched. WeLuvMu applies to be an Approved NGO.
January 23, 2010: Deadline for entries for MID Video Awards 2009.
March 2010: Prize winners for MID Video Awards 2009 are chosen.