Italy - Sending materials to Palabek to build small workshops

03 January 2019

(ANS - Fossano) - Sometimes, in the mission places, a technical repair can be stalled for a long time due to the lack of a specific tool or a spare part. Or, the intervention that an expert could carry out without difficulty becomes an enigma for those who do not have even the most basic knowledge. For this reason, it is undoubtedly very important to have adequate equipment, but what really makes the difference is professional training.

This premise is used to describe what is happening in recent weeks in a Piedmontese town, Fossano, where a missionary, Giacomo Comino, is setting up a container that will arrive in Palabek in Uganda in February.

This container will arrive at the heart of what is one of the largest refugee camps on the planet. This container won't be carrying "ordinary" relief products, such as food or medicine, but rather useful materials towards setting up a technical school.

Being sent to Palabek are boxes of metal, computers, mixers, shovels, spades and even a forklift that will be used to lift loads. To help Giacomo Comino in this expedition is Flavio Filippi, a former businessman in the field of tools and hardware sales, who after leaving his business to his children, is now dedicated to this initiative to help the missionaries. Flavio Filippi has decided to make available as much material as possible, to be sent to the Palabek camp.

What will all this be for? The idea of Giacomo Comino, or Jim as many call him, is to set up small workshops in South Sudan, so that refugees can learn manual work and a trade.

Someone, at this point, might ask: with all the urgencies that a refugee camp has, is it really necessary to worry about installing a small workshop?

The answer is complex, but Jim makes it simple, remembering the well-known principle that inspires cooperation: "better to teach to fish than to give a fish."

In the camp of Palabek there are, in fact, many young people and it is necessary that they receive instruction and that they learn vocational skills, even basic ones, to build a possible future.

It is an important step towards rebuilding "normality", a normality that must go beyond the simple delivery of sacks of rice or powdered milk. It is an idea born with the aim of promoting the dignity of living and doing community.

Source: Don Bosco Missions.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

This site also uses third-party cookies to improve user experience and for statistical purposes. By scrolling through this page or by clicking on any of its elements, you consent to the use of cookies. To learn more or to opt out, click "Further Information".