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Latest stories: Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services

Palabek Refugee Camp: Don Bosco Vocational Center offers Education for hundreds of young refugees. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians Empowering Hundreds of Young Refugees in Uganda with Vocational Skills

Dec 24, 2021

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Uganda are reaching out to over 600 young refugees through vocational training initiatives being realized at the Don Bosco Vocational Center, operating inside Palabek Refugee Resettlement Camp in Gulu Archdiocese.

Youth at Don Bosco Refugee Services, Palabek in Uganda's Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu during a tree planting session at the refugee center on 16 August  2021. Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Refugees in Uganda Launch “Laudato Si’ Garden” to Address Country’s Growing Deforestation

Sep 2, 2021

Students at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services in Uganda have launched a tree planting drive aimed at ending deforestation in the country by planting thousands of trees at their facility.

Fr. Lazar Arasu saying Mass at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda/ Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Catholic Missionary Priest Reports Agony of Refugees in Uganda as COVID-19 Bites

Jul 11, 2021

Uganda has continued to implement stringent measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 amid a spike in infections and related deaths, a situation that has terribly impacted the wellbeing of refugees who were already struggling to survive in the East African country.

Some refugees at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Catholic Missionary Priest in Uganda Lauds Country for Being “a haven for refugees”

Jun 21, 2021

A Catholic Missionary Priest heading a refugee settlement in Uganda has lauded the East African nation for providing a safe haven for refugees and urged other countries to follow suit.

Fr. Lazar Arasu in an in-person learning and interactive class with students at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Center in Uganda. / Fr. Lazar Arasu.

Learners Risk Losing Interpersonal Relationships in Virtual Learning: Cleric in Uganda

Sep 18, 2020

Virtual learning, though handy in filling education gaps created by the COVID-19 restrictions across the world, poses the danger of denying learners the important in-person learning and interaction with other students and their teachers, a missionary Cleric ministering in Uganda has told ACI Africa.

Fr. Lazar Arasu, the Director of Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services with school children at Palabek refugee camp. / Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services

Why a Year Out of School, Church May Mean Loss of Spiritual Formation in Uganda

Aug 7, 2020

A member of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering among refugees in Uganda is concerned that among the challenges that come with the COVID-19 lockdown in the East African country is that young people who will be staying away from school and church will have lost significantly in their moral, social and spiritual formation when they eventually come out of the lockdown.

Uganda's Cabinet Minister in charge of Refugees, Hillary Onek  inspecting the production of  Face Masks at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center (VTC). / Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services

Ugandan Government Lauds Young Refugees for Pioneering Mass Production of Face Masks

Jul 9, 2020

Young refugees living at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Settlement have been applauded for being the first ever group to engage in the mass production of face masks, which they distribute to the most vulnerable communities in the East African country for free to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Fr. Lazar Arasu with participants at Peace Meeting with UNHCR and other Leaders in South Sudan / Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services

Address South Sudan’s “deep-rooted tribal hatred” to Tame Conflicts: Salesian Cleric

Jul 8, 2020

Residents of Palabek Refugee Settlement located in the Archdiocese of Gulu in northern Uganda last month woke up to a rude shock following a violent incident that left one person dead and at least 20 injured.