Emergency Solidarity Fund for COVID-19
The Salesians of Don Bosco find themselves uniquely placed to enact a co-ordinated response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, as they pre-exist in over 132 countries around the world, working at grassroots levels within communities around the world to provide daily essential services such as education, healthcare, shelter and nutrition.
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India's situation in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections is worrying from a global perspective: according to the Indian Ministry of Health, the country recorded another 3,645 deaths in a single day on April the 29th, 2021.
This sorrowful record is an increase of more than 350 compared to the day before - and the total casualties in India since the start of the pandemic have risen to 204,832.
This reality has had an obviously massive impact on those affiliated with the Salesians in the country, where there are over 360 schools and 500 other precenses managed by the Salesian network in the country.
The Salesians have ensured a system that allows for the distribution of life-saving food and other supplies to those who need it most. (Photo - Don Bosco Mumbai, India)
"The shortcomings in the country are beyond our normal competences: hospital beds, intensive care units, lung ventilators, oxygen, crematory ovens ...," testifies Fr George Menamparampil, Head of the Salesian Mission Offices.
For the past year, Fr. George has worked tirelessly as the coordinator of the “Don Bosco Solidarity COVID-19” project, the Salesian global coordination initiative, responding to the pandemic wherever it shows its face around the world.
Speaking of what they are currently prioritizing, Fr. George explains that they are looking for people who are healthy and brave enough to distribute groceries, cooked food, protective equipment and toiletries directly to the poor.
Another crucially needed resource is one normally readily available, Oxygen. Due to shockingly high demand, oxygen concentrators and/or mini oxygen-producing machines have become incredibly scarce in hospitals and other treatment centres. Fr George has also been pushing awareness campaigns in favour of the vaccination, so that people may be as best protected as possible.
How will donated funds be used?
The funds will be used to provide relief support to the many who seek refuge and assistance from the Don Bosco Community’s and Schools in the worst affected regions of the pandemic.
Current Outreach programs include:
- The distribution of groceries, cooked food, protective equipment and toiletry to the poor and needy.
- The supply of oxygen concentrators and/or mini oxygen-making machines to hospitals and other treatment centres.
- Providing awareness campaigns for the prevention of COVID-19 through good hygiene practices and also the education of the acceptance of vaccination.
ASMOAF's Response to COVID-19Salesian Sisters in India busy making face masks. (Photo - Don Bosco Mumbai, India)
Because the Salesians of Don Bosco are already working with local communities at a face-to-face level, they are already well placed to provide quick, compassionate and effective aid in times of natural disaster.
As Australia and other similarly placed countries begin to look at post-COVID life, a major humanitarian crisis is brewing. A side effect of COVID-19 has been momentous slowdown of the global economy, which has led the United Nations’ World Food Programme to projecting that the amount of people who live in a state of starvation around the world will double, reaching up to 230 million people.
Distribution of soap, sanitiser and providing information to vulnerable young people. (Photo - Don Bosco Bangalore, India)
“Creative global solidarity”is Pope Francis’ plea to all people, as he asks us to help avoid a terrifying humanitarian tragedy. In response to this, Fr Angel Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, have set up an emergency solidarity fund to support Salesian works around the world that are responding those who need it the most.
Kenya: Distribution of food and cleaning products. (Photo - Don Bosco Nairobi, Kenya)
India: Food packages and sanitisers are distributed daily. (Photo - Don Bosco Mumbai, India)
Salesian Missions Australia has a long history of providing vocational training to underprivileged children, women and men, so that they may find employment in fields that will ultimately lead to self-sufficiency for themselves and their countries. This work is crucial and we maintain it at all times, whilst also adding an extra layer in the same vein to help ensure that every person worldwide has enough to eat and do not have to suffer through a life of starvation.
Distribution of urgently needed food. (Photo - Don Bosco Mumbai, India)
Distribution of food vouchers in India. (Photo - Don Bosco Bangalore, India)
How will the funds be used?
The funds will be used to provide relief support to the many who seek refuge and assistance from the COVID-19 Emergency
For further information please contact Mission Office Staff.
For further information, please contact the Salesian Missions Office 03 9377 6060 or Contact Us
Please note that the Australian Salesian Missions Overseas Aid Fund (ASMOAF) is a registered fund owned and operated by the Salesian Society (Vic) Inc. It has Australian Taxation Office approval for tax deductibility for donations given for the relief of poverty in developing countries.
ASMOAF supports various Salesian projects in developing countries in accordance with the wishes of donors.