Kinshasa, 19 April, 2022 / 3:09 pm (ACI Africa).
Close to 500 youth in Kansebula, a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Lubumbashi Archdiocese, can have a decent meal thanks to a food project started at a 44-hectare farm that belongs to the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB).
In a Monday, April 18 report, Salesian officials say the situation of the Kansebula youth who were unable to afford at least a meal each day was made worse by COVID-19, which pushed people into poverty.
“The ‘Food security for the youth of Don Bosco Kansebula’ project helped to provide food for 360 children and youth aged 6-22, as well as 83 young Salesians who are studying philosophy at Don Bosco Kansebula,” SDB officials say.
They explain that the goal of the food security project realized in partnership with the Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the SDBs, was “to help increase the yield from the farm to provide for the nutritional needs of those in Salesian programs and in the village.”
“Villagers living near Don Bosco Kansebula have used the farm to cultivate food for themselves and the community,” say Salesian officials.