Salesians in Ghana’s Sunyani Diocese Reaching Out to Needy Boys with Education Supplies

Credit: Salesian Missions

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Diocese of Sunyani in Ghana are providing educational and social support to young boys through a partnership with the International Voluntary Service (VIS).

In a report published Thursday, December 15, SDB officials say that the education partnership that is located at Don Bosco Boys Home in Ghana’s Catholic Dioceses of Sunyani “provides social support and education to young boys in the care of Salesian missionaries.”

“Recently, VIS contributed funding for materials, textbooks, and uniforms for youth to attend school with the supplies they need,” Salesian officials say.

The officials of the Catholic entity say that VIS also launched an “environmental education and organic agriculture training program” as a way of empowering the young boys.

As part of the environmental education training initiative, SDB officials say that “VIS brought 52 young boys to the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary and the Kristo Buase Monastery” for benchmarking.


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.

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“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.