Salesians Facilitating School Attendance for Vulnerable Children at Ghanaian Centre

Credit: Salesian Missions

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Ghana are providing psychological support to at-risk children to help foster their school attendance.

In a report published Monday, November 21, SDB officials say that the initiative that is carried out in the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra also supports family reintegration.

“Salesian missionaries are providing psychological support for children at the Don Bosco Child Protection Center in Ashaiman, Ghana,” SDB officials say.

The protection center, they say, “houses children who have been picked up by the Police or other charities and who are in need of residential care until they can be returned to their families or placed in permanent care.”

The initiative “ensures children and their families receive counseling to encourage school attendance and support family reintegration,” SDB officials say in the November 21 report.


The report further indicates that Italian institution Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) funds the initiative in partnership with the Australian Institute of Business Intelligence (AiBi) and the International Voluntary Service (VIS).

They say that AiBi and VIS also facilitated the provision of hygiene materials for children including bathing and washing soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hair creams, body creams, and other essential products.

SDB officials depict Diana, a young psychologist, as one of the personnel providing sessions to children and families.

Through the sessions, they say, “Diana learned of the severe difficulties that many families face including food insecurity.”

Upon going through the training, some children have recorded progress and expressed the desire to return to their respective homes to continue with formal education. 

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“Youth also work in group therapy sessions so they can connect with and learn from others their age to begin to understand and address their life challenges,” SDB officials say in an effort to highlight the success of the Don Bosco Child Protection Center initiative being realized in Accra Archdiocese. 

In the November 21 report, the Director of the U.S development arm of the SDB, Salesian Missions, is quoted as saying that children enrolled at the Ashaiman Center receive psychological support because of the challenges they have experienced in their respective lives. 

“The children at the center have gone through a great deal of challenges in their short lives and psychological support is essential to ensure successful family reunification,” says Fr. Gus Baek. 

Fr. Baek adds, “At Salesian centers, youth access the supportive services they need to start the rehabilitation process, reunite with their families and return to school so they can start skills training.”

In a separate report also published November 21, SDB officials report about more than 360 youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are beneficiaries of Salesians’ nutritional support.


“Youth benefiting from this food were ages 6-22. Many are in secondary school and college as well as 82 young Salesians studying at Don Bosco Kansebula. Single mothers from the villages also received this donation,” SDB officials say about the Lubumbashi-based Salesian initiative.

They add, “The goal was to provide ongoing balanced nutrition for young Salesians and other vulnerable youth.”

SDB officials further say that the Don Bosco Kansebula center has provided young Salesians with philosophy education and has also given them shelter and nutritional support while at the school.

This story was first published by ACI Africa on 23 November 2022.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.