Freetown, 11 October, 2022 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
On the annual occasion of the International Day of the Girl (IDG) marked October 11, the leadership of the U.S-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has reviewed initiatives Salesians have undertaken in an effort to reach out to girls across the globe, including Africa.
“Salesian missionaries living and working in more than 130 countries around the globe are focused on achieving gender equality through educational programs targeted specifically for girls,” officials of Salesian Missions say in their Tuesday, October 11 report.
In Sierra Leone, the SDB officials say Don Bosco Fambul provides support to underage girls who are victims of sexual violence and abuse.
Since the program was launched five years ago, SDB officials say that “it has changed the lives of more than 600 girls and given them the opportunity to start a new life and access education.”
In June, the Freetown-based Salesian entity was honored with the “Solidarity Project Award” by Spanish daily newspaper ABC, for facilitating “support and recovery for underage girls”.