In the report, the director of the U.S development arm of SDB, Salesian Missions, says the Don Bosco Kuajok centre "aims to help children live safely while getting the emotional support they need and the education that will help them live independently."
Fr. Gus Baek says the Kuajok Salesian program "offers a second chance for these children to have hope for a better life.”
“Salesian missionaries in South Sudan and around the globe provide safety, shelter and education for street children,” Fr. Baek says.
The Salesian missionaries say South Sudanese are experiencing "a dire humanitarian crisis" as a result of the civil war.
They add in reference to World Bank statistics, "South Sudan is expansive and largely rural with 83 percent of the population residing in rural areas. Poverty is endemic with at least 80 percent of the population defined as income-poor and living on the equivalent of less than $1 per day."
The Salesian missionaries add that "more than one-third of the population lacks secure access to food."
"Responding to the civil strife is nothing new to Salesian missionaries in South Sudan, who are dedicated to the programs and services they are providing across the country," say the missionaries who are providing various services to the South Sudanese people.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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