India – Young people from "Don Bosco Snehalaya" supported by "Salesian Missions"

01 September 2020

(ANS - Guwahati) - The young people of "Don Bosco Snehalaya", a shelter for children at risk, located in Guwahati, are being supported by "Salesian Missions", the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, NY, in these difficult months marked by the pandemic. In Guwahati, the Salesians run five homes for the region's poor and orphaned youths, as well as offering educational programs, summer activities and more.

Thanks to the support provided by the benefactors of "Salesian Missions", the Salesians were able to provide nutritional support, clothing, footwear, personal hygiene products and medical care. Furthermore, as long as the school was still open, the young people were also provided with school materials to be able to participate in the lessons. Donors are also helping Don Bosco Snehalaya to deal with basic management costs, such as the cost of electricity.

Don Bosco Snehalaya offers much help to many young people and children who, in addition to school activities, also have the opportunity to socialize with their peers and integrate into society at the Salesian center. They can also receive appropriate individual or group medical care and counseling and are offered courses on child labor and abuse to create greater awareness of their rights. The students then participate in drawing, song and dance competitions, in such a way that they are always busy, committed and inspired to give and do their best.

Kids who don't obtain good results in school can take extra-curricular evening classes so they can improve and keep up with other students. “The situation with the pandemic is difficult because the children have not been able to participate in their normal activities and have been missing from school for some time,” explained Fr Thadeus Kujur, Director of Don Bosco Snehalaya. “All the staff, however, supported the students and their families as much as possible,” he added.

Throughout India, Salesian programs are mainly focused on education. Salesian primary and secondary education in the country helps young people prepare for subsequent technical, vocational or university studies. Other programs help support poor young people and their families by responding to basic needs for housing, proper nutrition and medical care.

For Indian youth, access to vocational training is very important. In fact, 30% of the Indian youth population has no work, education or training and 22% lives in poverty. Therefore, the support and help of the Salesians and their benefactors are especially appreciated.


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