Lusaka, 08 May, 2020 / 7:05 am (ACI Africa).
In a bid to keep vulnerable children in Zambia safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the female branch of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, have undertaken various initiatives to support the children.
Also called the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, the nuns are reaching out to the children through City of Hope, a three-in-one center consisting of a home for girls-at-risk, an open community school, and a skills training center that aims to meet the needs of youth and their families living in the most severe poverty-stricken areas of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.
At City of Hope, the Salesian nuns are supporting the children by teaching them about issues of sexual and gender-based violence, “which has increased during the lockdown within the communities.”
To make the lessons successful, the nuns are partnering with teachers, mothers as well as educators.
“We are trying to be close to them through these other means even despite the challenges around country-wide lockdown measures. So far, we are doing well and our message is reaching them,” Mission Newswire has quoted Sr. Prisca Mulenga Mwila, a Salesian nun serving at the City of Hope, as saying.