Cotonou, 05 June, 2021 / 7:27 pm (ACI Africa).
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), also called Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, are reaching out to vulnerable children in the West African nation of Benin by offering art classes to street children and sheltering former slaves to help reintegrate them in the Beninese society.
The members of FMA in Benin are reaching out to the children through the Mamma Margherita Salesian Center and the Maison de l’Esperance (Hope Center) for girls.
In a Thursday, June 3 report obtained by ACI Africa, the officials of the Cotonou-based centre say, “The project is leading children to discover their hidden talents, increasing their self-esteem and teaching them to establish themselves in society.”
Educators working at the centre teach the children how to stretch the canvas, prepare the necessary material, and paint.
“Teaching children art skills gives them another healthy outlet for self-expression,” the Director of the development arm of the Salesians, Salesian Missions, Fr. Gus Baek has been quoted as saying in the June 3 report.