Addis Ababa, 11 October, 2020 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Ahead of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) set to be marked in the context of COVID-19 on October 15, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has highlighted programs promoting good hygiene practices around the globe, including Africa.
In a report shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, October 7, the leadership of the U.S-based agency highlights the programs that have seen the provision of clean water and the fostering of good hygiene practices in the African countries of Ethiopia, Mali, and Burundi.
“Working and living in the communities they serve, Salesian missionaries are perfectly positioned to ensure that soap and other hygiene items reach those who need it most,” the leadership of Salesian Missions says in the report and adds, “Accompanying education ensures that recipients learn the importance of proper hygiene for good health.”
In Ethiopia, Don Bosco Center in Mekanissa, an area on the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa, is supplying water to thousands of deprived people living in neighboring slums of Koshe and Kore, Salesian Missions leadership says in the October 7 report.
Through support from the Planning and Development Office of the agency, SDB Missionaries serving at the center repaired a 5,000-litre capacity old truck and a reservoir tank that they use to supply water daily to the people of Koshe and Kore, the report indicates.