This project involves some boys who were abandoned when they were small, so they have spent a period of their childhood by the streets in Ibadan (Nigeria) and they have been hosted by Salesian Missionaries.
Today these boys are grown up and they have to leave the Salesians’ house, so under the supervision of a salesian – bro. Paolo Vaschetto – we provided them with some tools, utensils and opportunities to train to become tailors, mechanics, masons or artisans, to be independent.
For example there’s Isaac Ojo, who lost his mother when he was a child and was abandoned by his father; he started to live in the streets, but Salesians found for him a stepfamily and managed to let him go back to school, where he did very well. Grown up, he attended Salesian Welders Training School of Akure and he needed support to pay all the expenses (school fees, room rent, travel, food…), so we decided to help him to finish his training.
In the Italian version of the Web Site you can find the complete report of this activity written by bro. Paolo Vaschetto.
At the end of 2019 the same project has been proposed to fr. Julius Gichure Mwangi, the Consolata Missionary now in charge of “Familia ya Ufariji”, a house in Kahawa area (Nairobi) which host streetboys and where some of us have spent some periods volunteering. The activity here has been more difficult.
Timilehin Sodiq and his father (they rejoined)
Isaac Ojo and his final exam project young barber