Argentina – Map of Salesian hope for poor suffering from Covid-19

03 April 2020

(ANS - Argentina) - Argentina is suffering from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Salesians have not been standing still. In different parts of the country, Salesian works are dealing with the health and social emergency: they prepare and deliver meals, produce alcoholic gels and masks, bring supplies to poor families. The message sent by the Rector Major - "I believe these are moments to be lived with a great sensitivity towards the poor" - has permeated the whole Salesian Family in the world.

In Río Grande, sacks of food with fresh vegetables are being distributed in the city's working class neighborhoods. The Salesian mission of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians has a greenhouse; a group of teachers and Salesians has thus collected fresh vegetables from the greenhouse and took them to one of the chapels in the "Margen Sur" area, where the most “popular” housing blocks and neighborhoods are located.

In Almagro, a district of Buenos Aires, the only thing that continues to function for the Salesian work is the refectory. There, every day, food is prepared for 150 people, about 35 families. “But then to these families who habitually attend the refectory there are others from the school and youth groups who need a hand and who also receive bags of food,” reports the Director General of the work, Federico Tirelli. In total, more than 250 people are benefited every day.

In Rosario, the Salesian work produces alcoholic disinfectant gel and masks and prepares to bring food to people living on the street. The Salesian work "San José" is located in Rosario's city center, where it is estimated that there are over 500 people living on the street, and many others in precarious conditions, among the most vulnerable in the event that the infection should spread. In the coming days, the Salesians have planned to distribute food to more than 500 people, organizing a network of volunteers, with all the necessary security measures.

In Santiago del Estero the Salesians are delivering bags of food and supplies for the families of the slums. “We think of many people who survive every day based on what they collect working on the street,” says Fr Silvio Torres, the Director of the Salesian community. “For this reason, with the contributions of various companies and organizations and of the Province, we give families food parcels and educational material.”

In Villa Itatí, in the municipality of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, where thousands of poor boys and young people live for whom the Salesians routinely spend their money, it was decided to keep the Salesian center open, so that young people can find a meal to nourish themselves.



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