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THE MATCH OF OUR LIVES

POSTE LAFAYETTE, MAURITIUS
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THE MATCH OF OUR LIVES

“What I want to say is that those who have a dream, even if it is a child, they must not give up. Persevere and you will succeed.“

The boys of Poste Lafayette are about to play a football match. They find it difficult to contain their enthusiasm. “It is going to be a big match”, says Jinino. “I will kick it like this and then score”, imagines Ezegele. Their friend Andriano is convinced: “I want to win that match. When I score I will shout”.

‘The Match of our Lives’ is the  second episode in the As You Open Your Eyes series about community change. The film is set on the holiday island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The scenery in the film is stunning, but profoundly deceptive. On this island, there are lives of poverty and desperation.

Life is not easy for the people in Poste Lafayette. Alcoholism, drug abuse and violence are omnipresent. Boys and girls are often not safe. “Children in Poste Lafayette should stay away from adults. They should stay away. Because most adults here, they drink”, says Melvin who helps to train the team.

This film explores a path away from these dangers.  

A group of adults in Poste Lafayette has a dream for the youth in their village: they want them to have a better future. When they get discouraged because their plans don’t seem to be going anywhere, there is Guylène. She is able to bring together a group of young boys, a trainer and a ball. Her dream is that the boys “don’t go astray as they grow up.”

The 40 minute film tells the story of Poste Lafayette’s football team. We see how things start to change for the young boys when Guylène starts to guide them: “If you walk on a path with a friend, you must walk hand in hand to progress as a team”.

Guylène Frederic, social worker, is part of a group of adults in Poste Lafayette who applied the SALT and Community Life Competence Approach of the Constellation.

SALT stands for Support, Appreciate, Learn and Transfer as mindset.

The Community Life Competence Process brings people together around a shared dream and encourages them to take small do-able actions towards the dream. On the way we learn from things that don’t go as we hoped for until we win our match. And we do it together.

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