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Salesians in Uganda in Partnership to Provide Nutritional Aid to Hundreds of Families

Credit: Salesian Missions

Hundreds of poor families in the East African nation of Uganda have received nutritional support from members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SBD) in a collaborative initiative.

The rice meals are provided through a partnership between the U.S. development arm of the SDB, Salesian Missions, and Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization that provides food and life-saving support to vulnerable people across the globe. 

The donation was sent to Don Bosco Children and Life Mission (Don Bosco CALM) centers in Bombo, Kamuli, and Namugongo towns.

“The rice-meals helped 300 families have better nutrition over five months of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown,” SDB officials say in a Tuesday, December 7 report.

The Salesians say the food aid was “particularly important” at the height of COVID-19 last year as “many families had no way to earn even a meager income for food during this time.” 

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SDB officials add that the rice meals were sometimes the only nutrition the beneficiaries had.

In the report, the Director of Don Bosco Primary School and vice-legal representative of SDB in Uganda says, “Last year, due to COVID-19 we were urged to distribute all the Rise Against Hunger meals to feed our beneficiaries and their families. Each family managed to get three boxes of meals throughout the whole year.”

Fr. Elie Nyandwi adds, “It is really important for the Salesians to feed poor children and their families whenever it is possible.”

On her part, Elizabeth Anzoo, a teacher at Don Bosco Nursery and Primary School says the Rise Against Hunger meals have “greatly improved the well-being of the children at Don Bosco CALM and in other Don Bosco communities in Uganda.”

Ms. Anzoo further says students at Don Bosco CALM enjoy the rice meals.

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Don Bosco CALM was established in 2001 by a Jesuit Priest and Comboni Nun. In 2006, the institution was handed to SDB members.

As SDB entity, CALM is “a member of the Salesian Congregation of the Africa Great Lakes (AGL) Province, which covers the countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi,” according to the information on the organization’s website

The organization further describes itself as “a network of empowerment and education of children.”

Don Bosco CALM mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate “into society street and other vulnerable children through the provision of education, basic needs and socio-cultural activities for a bright future.”