Syria – What if Don Bosco had lived in Covid-19 times? The mask industry at Aleppo's "Don Bosco" oratory

16 June 2020

(ANS - Aleppo) - When you have the vocation to serve young people, the context around you can change countless times, but the result will always be the same. The new initiative of the Salesian oratory in Aleppo, which after accompanying young people in the war's darkest moments, now, at the time of Covid-19, has started an initiative for the production of a wide range of masks.

The initiative of the "Don Bosco" oratory in Aleppo had already started at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. The idea immediately seemed a concrete and useful initiative to preserve the health of children and young people in times of pandemic, which has also reached Syria like all the countries in the world.

The objectives of the project, in order of priority, were:

- provide masks for the children and young people who attend the "Don Bosco" oratory in Aleppo;
- supply the other Salesian oratories in the country with masks (Damascus and Kafroun);
- deliver the masks to the other catechetical centers, always in favor of the children and young people of Aleppo.

A total of 20,000 masks were produced by a group of about 15 volunteers from the oratory, young and old, who worked daily, divided into groups, always respecting all the safety measures relating to environmental hygiene and social distancing.

Far from paying attention only to the masks' usefulness, and keeping in mind the recipients of these health safety devices, the manufacturing team created masks, washable for a limited number of times, in a youthful style, of different colors, in different sizes for children and adults.

Finally, they were distributed free to Syrian children and young people, as a gift from Don Bosco to his children in this difficult moment.

As the promoters of the initiative explained in conclusion: “Don Bosco himself experienced an epidemic similar to the one we are experiencing today, when cholera broke out in Turin in the nineteenth century: together with his spiritual sons and Mamma Margarita he lived that period in an authentic spirit of service to the most needy, and he and his boys were the first to experience the accompaniment of Providence. Today, in our time, our response was a current and pragmatic idea that could meet the needs of families, young people and children.”


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