Wednesday, December 15, 2010
AFRICA: SIERRA LEONE: BUS TO HELP CHILDREN
Agenzia Fides/ANS report- The Salesians in Freetown, through the NGO “Don Bosco Fambul”, have launched the “Don Bosco Mobile”, a bus that will serve to help street kids with emergency medical assistance, food, clothing, and educational activities. The service will provide assistance to kids on the street and in the most difficult areas of the city thanks also to the collaboration of social services professionals, members of the youth pastoral care, nurses and legal advocates for children. The bus has a variety of materials, first aid kits, tools for fun and games, and is also equipped for the screening of educational films. The implementation of the project will give children and young people at risk, access to health care and assistance, information on hygiene practices, and health, social and pastoral protection. Every day the vehicle will reach five areas of the city among those most disadvantaged: Susan's Bay, Cline Town, Mabella, Hagan Street, Guardia Street. The project has four phases: personal care, family care, pastoral work and networking with other institutions (police, hospitals and other organisations). The current plan of “Don Bosco Fambul”, moreover, already has a project in place for street kids with vocational training, youth centres, youth pastoral care services and support in difficult times.