“Doctors have advised people who have tested positive but have no symptoms to avoid moving outside their homes unless when seeking medical care to avoid further infections because for now, hospitals, both private and public, are overcrowded,” Fr. Nyandwi is quoted as saying in the report published by Mission Newswire, the Salesian Missions official news service.
In the report, SDB members say they are using their “limited resources” to reach out to those whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic.
They also announce their plan to partner with communities around the Mission and to carry out social media awareness to solicit for food donations.
“Salesians couldn’t remain relaxed and comfortable as we witnessed many people suffering due to hunger,” Fr. Elie Nyandwi says, and adds, “Our Salesian community, with its limited resources, is assisting the poor during this critical moment by visiting and giving some food to the most vulnerable families.”
“Other Salesian collaborators around the mission also are joining in to help feed the poor,” he further says, and explains, “There is a WhatsApp group where information is shared, and people are giving the little they have or are helping to distribute the food items, including maize flour, beans and cooking oil.”
The Salesian Priest noted the challenge occasioned by COVID-19 restrictions saying, “As of now, the situation has gone beyond our capacity. For instance, on July 1, we identified 50 of the most vulnerable families from our neighborhood to be assisted. These families couldn’t reach the Salesian community due to the restrictions imposed by the lockdown.”
Fr Nyandwi added, “We organized some food to be delivered and offered 2 kg of beans and 2 kg of maize flour since the number kept increasing drastically. We also cut about 30 bunches of bananas from our garden with some vegetables and shared them.”
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