Nairobi, 08 March, 2021 / 5:56 pm (ACI Africa).
On the annual event of the International Women’s Day (IWD) marked March 8, officials of a development entity of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have reviewed their programs that seek to empower girls and women across the globe, including Africa.
“Salesian missionaries living and working in more than 130 countries are focused on achieving gender equality through programs targeted specifically for young women and girls,” officials of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of SDB, say in their March 8 report shared with ACI Africa.
The programs, they further say, “strive to empower young women and girls by providing opportunities for education and training that lead to livable wage employment.”
In the East African nation of Kenya, hundreds of women entrepreneurs in Dagoretti area within the Archdiocese of Nairobi and other low-income areas “are benefiting from the Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) project,” which was initiated three years ago by the female branch of SDB, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
The Sisters who are also known as the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco started the program after securing funding from Don Bosco Mondo in Germany, a not-for-profit organization (NPO) committed to supporting deprived youth worldwide, the report indicates.