Nairobi, 03 December, 2020 / 4:40 pm (ACI Africa).
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) marked Thursday, December 3, officials of Salesian Missions, which is the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), have highlighted their programs that support people with special needs in the world, including Africa.
In the world’s second largest continent, Africa, members of SDB are supporting people living with disabilities in the East-Central African nation of Burundi and the West African nation of Sierra Leone, a December 3 report shared with ACI Africa indicates.
In Burundi, plans are underway to establish a vocational center to aid in the social integration of people living with disabilities, a project that members of SDB serving at Rukago Parish of Burundi’s Ngozi Diocese will implement.
SDB members and representatives of the local community have already held a meeting “to discuss ways in which the community could support those with disabilities, including by offering vocational training so that people could live a more independent life,” Salesian Missions officials say in their report shared with ACI Africa ahead of IDPD.
“As Salesians work to roll out new vocational training, they have begun a search for funding for the purchase of sewing machines and other equipment to be used in the training,” they further say and add, “The course offered will provide a certificate of professional qualification upon completion.”