Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is today a huge mass of people: about 17 million inhabitants swarm through its streets and among them there are many children and young people in need, some because they belong to families already poor in themselves, others because they have embraced street life and are thus exposed to every sort of danger.
Salesians work for all these young people with its six centers in the city. One of these is the "Michele Rua" oratory in Masina, a municipality in the capital of Kinshasa. The oratory has become a place of human encounters and formation within what is a densely populated working class neighborhood that is currently experiencing socio-economic difficulties.
The Salesian oratory in Masina now welcomes 800 minors, boys and girls, from 7 to 15 years. And yet, due to the difficulties the neighborhood is experiencing, more needy children are expected to turn to the Salesians.
Why the new Vice Province of Africa Congo Congo (ACC) is calling for solidarity: the Salesians in Masina intend to offer all young people the opportunity to learn about music and grow through sports, but to do so they must provide children with musical instruments, sports uniforms, whistles, soccer balls, basketballs, handballs ...
It is a simple project, but deeply rooted in Don Bosco's Preventive System, and of great importance because, as card. Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, said on the occasion of the diocesan celebration of World Youth Day, "the present and the future of the country belong to the young."
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