On Monday, 11th May 2020, Don Bosco Gatenga Youth Centre distributed foodstuff to 15 people from 15 families facing food shortage during this time when many people have to deal with the challenging living conditions which followed the COVID 19 lockdown established by the Government of Rwanda since 15 March 2020 in order to be able to contain the Spread of the Corona Virus.
15 families were selected from the nearby community and mostly targeted those families whose young people attend Don Bosco Oratorial activities which also have been postponed due to the corona virus pandemic, young students enrolled at Don Bosco Gatenga Technical Education and Vocational Training School as well as families who regularly attend the Eucharistic mass at the centre’s Chapel.
Father Innocent Gatete, the Director of Don Bosco Gatenga Youth Centre explained that Gatenga neighbourhood population has low income, with really living conditions which are rather difficult.
He said that during this time when COVID 19 is having various negative impacts to the community; through the Salesian Solidarity fund, the congregation try to collect means so that they are able to help needy families whose living conditions were aggravated by the outbreak.
Father Innocent noted that “the young people who frequent either Salesians schools or our oratory, as we live well with them through our pastoral approach, we were able to identify some cases of people who even have a very difficult life, and through Salesian solidarity, we were able to raise some amount and this amount allowed us to buy foodstuff notably rice, beans, sugar and that’s what we distributed to these people that we selected.”
Speaking to the beneficiaries, Father Innocent reminded them that during this time when the Government is investing more efforts in controlling the epidemic, as good citizens they must also abide with the Government directives on COVID 19 prevention measures which include wearing facemasks and ensure physical distancing among many others.
“Don’t be afraid. This is the epidemic which is being controlled and soon we will be back to school, and our oratory services will resume again. “
“While you are at home, revise your lessons, follow radio and TV learning programs and above all pray God for his will on us.” Father Innocent added.
Beneficiaries expressed their Gratitude to the Salesians saying that “May God bless your work and your kindness to the needy families.”