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.
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.
Salesian Sisters in India busy making face masks
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.
India: Distribution of soap, sanitiser and providing information to vulnerable young people
“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
India: Food packages and sanitisers are distributed daily
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
India – Giving out food vouchers to the needy
Distribution of food vouchers in India
Shillong, India, Salesian Sisters busy making face masks
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.