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HAITI: Food shipment supports more than 3,700 families after earthquake – Haiti

Families in several Salesian educational programs and centers have better nutrition thanks to the shipment of rice flour from Rise Against Hunger

(MissionNewswire) More than 3,700 families through several Salesian programs and educational centers in Haiti gained access to better nutrition through a partnership between Salesian missions, the US development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, and Rise Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization that provides food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. During the second half of 2021, two expeditions were sent to Haiti to support nutritional efforts following the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14, which killed more than 2,000 people and injured and injured thousands. homeless.

Families linked to Notre Dame du Rosaire parish and Sainte Anne parish, as well as students from the Vincent Foundation and Don Bosco Lakay in Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince, were among the recipients. Don Bosco Lakay has specialized facilities depending on the type of assistance needed. At the Foyer Lakay, the children live with their families for a period of four years until the end of their apprenticeship in a technical trade. The Lakay Street Children Program provides shelter and educational services to street children in Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince. There are also vocational training programs where young people can study and learn the skills needed for long-term employment.

Don Bosco Lakay in Cap-Haitien is also in the process of planning the opening of eight new departments, including IT, Electrical, Sewing and Tailoring, Welding, Automotive Mechanics, Construction and Cosmetology. These courses will be aimed at young people at risk from the neighboring Ville-Champin.

One of the recipients of the food donation was a young man named Jonas Joseph, nicknamed Ti Djo. He is 14 years old and was born in Shada, the largest slum in Cap-Haitien. His mother died giving birth to him and his father refuses to accept him as his son. He was raised by his grandmother, who lives well below the poverty line and cannot afford daily meals. As the situation worsened, she sent Ti Djo on domestic service.

Ti Djo lived the worst moments of his life. He lived with little sleep and was responsible for everything in the house. He was also physically abused by his family. It became too much for him and he left to live on the streets.

One day, an educator from Don Bosco Lakay befriends Ti Djo. Eventually, Ti Djo entered the Don Bosco Lakay program where he took welding lessons.

Paulin Iguène, director of Don Bosco Lakay said: “Before, Ti Djo was weak, but now he is getting strong, and he particularly likes the food from Rise Against Hunger. Ti Djo is smiling, jovial and committed. He is also happy because we were able to get in touch with his grandmother who is still alive.”

Salesian missionaries began working in Haiti in 1935 in response to the Haitian government’s request for a vocational school. Since then, Salesian missionaries have expanded their work to include 11 major educational centers and over 200 schools across the country.

Each of the main centers includes a number of primary and secondary schools, vocational training centers and other programs for street children and youth in need. Salesian programs are spread throughout Haiti, especially in the cities of Port-au-Prince, Fort-Liberté, Cap-Haïtien, Les Cayes and Gressier. Today, Salesian missionaries in Haiti provide the largest source of education outside of the Haitian government with schools providing education for 25,500 primary and secondary students.

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