Butare, 30 April, 2021 / 6:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) serving in Rwanda are seeking financial help from people of goodwill to help them protect children at risk in the Great Rift Valley nation.
In a Tuesday, April 27 report obtained by ACI Africa, the financial administrator of the St Charles Lwanga Vice Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL), Br. Hubert Twagirayezu, says, “We ask for financial help to protect children at risk and to raise awareness in the world community to promote respect for the dignity of the world's vulnerable children.”
“The situation of street children is characterized by high uncertainty and a continuous violation of their rights: from education to the right to health, protection, food, to live with their parents,” the Salesian Brother whose mandate extends to Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda adds in the report.
He further says referencing the street children, “Everyone has dropped out of school and often has a tough job to earn a few cents. Most of them suffer from malnutrition and other diseases such as dysentery, malaria, and scabies.”
Street children in Rwanda “also suffer from lack of sleep: they stop only a few hours a day on cardboard and sleep with one eye open for fear that someone will steal the few things they have. Many consume risk-taking drugs to forget their problems,” the Rwandese-born Salesian says.