Salesians in the DRC encourage the talents of young people in artistic, craft, recreational and religious activities

“Other benefactors have also been important for the continuation of the activities”, say the leaders of the SDBs in the report in which the director of the Salesian Missions notes that access to education is a means of eradicating poverty among the young people as their talents are stimulated.

“Young people who live in poverty and can access education and social programs have a chance for a better life,” Fr. Gus Baek said in the August 15 report, adding, “Salesian programs aim to help children live safely while getting the emotional support they need and the education that will help them lead productive lives.

Salesian leaders further claim that their members “have worked in the DRC for over 100 years to ensure that the most vulnerable children are not forgotten.”

Salesian primary and secondary schools provide the foundation for early learning, while business, vocational and agricultural programs offer many young people the possibility of a stable and productive future, Salesian leaders say.

Despite its great material wealth, SDB officials state that “DRC has long been a very poor nation. Half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line on less than a dollar a day, especially in the rural communities”.

Due to ongoing conflict and violence in the Central African nation, officials at the New York-based entity say “over 8.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Over 4.1 million Congolese are now displaced and 620,000 are seeking refuge in neighboring countries, and more than 7.5 million people do not have enough to eat.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with great zeal and interest in communication related to the Catholic Church. He holds a BA in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has extensive experience in the media production industry. He is currently working as a journalist for ACI Africa.

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