“These spaces are also utilized by the parish of Mary Help of Christians in Mimboman, which has 4,000 parishioners. It also directly benefited 420 families and 50 students through school scholarships,” Salesian Missions officials further say in reference to their intervention in Cameroon.
They have also realized “a joint collaborative project with Salesians in South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho.”
In Eswatini, the officials say, the joint initiative “benefited more than 100 families from the Manzini Youth Care, which included a home for children who had been living on the street. These children and families received essential food aid to help ensure proper nutrition.”
The U.S.-based Salesian entity has facilitated help to refugees in Kenya, particularly through the initiative dubbed, “Rescuing Kakuma Young Refugees from the COVID-19 Menace,” a project that provided food and personal protective equipment for refugees, as well as sanitization for the refugees at the Kenyan camp.
“More than 2,000 households were directly or indirectly impacted by the project, including students, parishioners and residents of 10 outstations,” they say in reference to the Kenyan initiative, and add, “More than 72 percent of the funding was used to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable young refugee families.”
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Another joint collaborative project that Salesian Missions helped realize in partnership with Salesians in South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho “benefited 200 families at St. Luke’s Mission, which includes the parish community, St. Luke’s and St. Boniface’s schools, the Mazzarello Skills Centre, and the Ferrando Resource Center for Differently Abled Children.”
“In South Africa, the project benefited 650 families in South Africa in two communities associated with the Salesian schools. The project supported students and their families in Ennerdale/Johannesburg and Cape Town and the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Parish community in Cape Town,” the leadership of Salesian Missions says in the June 2 report.
Vulnerable groups in the West African nation of Togo, received COVID-19 assistance thanks to an initiative that benefited approximately 500 youth, vulnerable adults, and the elderly.
“The project successfully distributed food and masks to the most vulnerable members of Maria Auxiliadora Parish and established sanitization measures in the community,” Salesian officials say in reference to the initiative in Togo.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.