STATEMENT ON PERSISTENCE OF COVID 19 PANDEMIC in AGL PROVINCE
AGL: Salesians project growing number of Emergency cases as COVID 19 persists in the region
Salesians of Don Bosco in the African Great Lakes Province (Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi) are projecting increased emergency cases as COVID 19 persists with the upsurge of the number of people who test positive these days. For instance, in Rwanda, the new guidelines in place emphasize the need to allow the smallest number of people attending the workplace (30%) while others are advised to stay home and work from there where it’s possible.
The Country’s administration also prohibits persons movement with the curfew hours starting from 7h PM until 5h AM every day.
The Inter-province movement especially for those who use public transport have been banned. Many businesses continue to suffer since the clientele has decreased, young people are still obliged to stay at home while waiting for the reopening of schools on the date which is not yet known and parents are struggling to provide for their families during this challenging time.
After realizing the possible continuous COVID 19 threats, the Salesian provincial economer, Brother Hubert TWAGIRAYEZU who is also the Director of Planning and Development Office in AGL is calling for a helping hand in order to be able to cater for the big number of needy persons who are likely to starve if the situation continues to be worsened by COVID 19 pandemic. The same situation also is happening in Palabek Refugee camp which is located in Uganda. The camp hosts thousands of South Sudan Refugees.
Fr Lazar Arasu, Salesian living with refugees in Palabek has written about the very serious problems among the refugee teenagers, severely aggravated by the pandemic – unwanted pregnancies, abortions, abuse and others. The salesians are doing their best through sensitization programmes in groups, peer-group discussions and individual counselling.
Brother Hubert TWAGIRAYEZU voiced the concern about the situation: “Dear all, in this crucial moment of COVID 19 many people lost their jobs, people do not have resources to buy the necessary needs like food, health insurance. I am kindly requesting your intervention.”
Since the outbreak, Salesians of Don Bosco-AGL Province have been able to support suffering communities, thanks to the donors from all over the world.
The support can be immediately channeled via possible means: Bank Account, Direct support or by contacting the Provincial economer via his E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by Phone Number: +250787683426