They say that the guides during the boys’ environmental tour “facilitated an exploration of the rain forest, century-old trees, and huge rock formations.”
In the December 15 report, Salesian officials say that agronomists also “conducted training in organic agriculture and helped youth start an organic garden.”
As a result of the agricultural training, the officials say that the boys are already engaging in farming and are cultivating maize, tomatoes, zucchini, salad, and peppers.
They say that the “garden complements the other farm facilities, improving the self-sufficiency of the center with organic vegetables”, and that it also “enables the youth to have hands-on practice with sustainable agriculture techniques.”
In the December 15 report, the Director of the U.S. development arm of the SDB, Salesian Missions, says that many Salesian programs provide youth with environmental skills to enable them improve in agriculture.
“Youth at Don Bosco Boys Home has been given a chance to get out of the classroom and engage in educational activities that focus on the environment,” Fr. Gus Baek is quoted as saying.
Fr. Baek adds, “Many Salesian programs have launched projects to help youth understand their environmental impact and improve agriculture and other practices for greater sustainability.”
A UNICEF report indicates that about 45 percent of the population in Ghana lives on less than $1 a day despite improvements in the country’s economy as rural poverty remains widespread in the dry savannah region that covers roughly two-thirds of the northern territory.
“Small-scale farms suffer from a lack of infrastructure and equipment, both of which are needed to shift from subsistence farming to more modern commercial farming which would yield greater incomes and a chance to escape poverty,” the UNICEF report shows.
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.
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