Learners at Rwandan Salesian School “participate in clean-up work” to Realize Laudato Si’

Youth from Don Bosco Youth Centers in Rwanda commit to preserving nature. Credit: Salesian Missions

Learners at Don Bosco Gatenga in Rwanda’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kigali are taking part in a clean-up exercise that is part of their initiative to realize Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Letter “on care for our common home”, Laudato Si’.

In a report published Wednesday, April 26, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) who are at the helm of the institution of learning say the clean-up exercise that is realized by the school’s Green Club members involves the collection of plastic material “and other non-biodegradable waste”.

“Don Bosco Gatenga Green Club, in Kigali, Rwanda, participated in clean-up work to protect the environment. Students collected plastic and other non-biodegradable waste that degrade natural resources, including the water and soil,” the Salesian officials say.

They add, “Most of this waste is thrown into the water channel by people upstream, and it ends up spreading downstream where it contributes to environmental damage. The students used their spare time to volunteer for this effort.”

Youth who train at the Don Bosco soccer field at the Don Bosco Kabgayi Oratory, Kigali, have also been oriented about initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.


In the April 26 report, a Salesian coach at the soccer field says it is important for young people at the centre to realize the importance of and their responsibility in conserving the environment. 

“We always push every child at our center to understand their responsibility in environmental issues,” the coach has been quoted as saying. 

The coach adds, “We learned about differentiating rotting and composting waste and storing it differently. We learned how non-biodegradable waste could damage soil and plants.”

He also discloses that the Salesian Oratory is planning for “a tree planting initiative and an environmental club in the near future.”

In the April 26 report, the interim Director of the U.S.-based development arm of the SDB, Salesian Missions, says, “Salesian organizations around the globe have been focused on environmental sustainability projects in response to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ to raise awareness and increase action on the values ​​of integral ecology.”

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Fr. Timothy Ploch adds, “Salesians are working to create an environment that is safe and caring for all life on the planet while building up a new generation of environmentally committed citizens and leaders.”

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.