Ebolowa, 03 October, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Inmates at Ebolowa prison in Cameroon are set to “earn a living with dignity” beyond their prison sentence thanks to the soap-making training that members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have realized.
In a report published Thursday, September 29, Fr. Artur Bartol, the Chaplain at the Cameroonian prison who “recently taught the prisoners how to make liquid soap so that they can earn a living when they are released” says that the inmates “live in overcrowded conditions and receive little food or attention from the authorities.”
“The prisoners learn how to make soap so that after they serve their time, they can produce it for sale and earn a living with dignity,” Fr. Bartol is quoted as saying in the Salesian Missions’ report, the U.S.-based SDB development arm.
The Salesian Priest speaks to the dynamics of the initiative, saying, “We organized not only courses for soap-making, but also for learning to read and write because not everyone was able to do that. And during vacation periods or holidays we also set up sports tournaments.”
According to the officials of the Salesian Missions, the Polish Salesian missionary involved in the initiative with the inmates started by teaching the beneficiaries how to make soap powder and then liquid soap.