In Argentina, Salesian missionaries mobilize to help families impoverished by the pandemic

Salesian missionaries have launched a campaign of solidarity in Argentina to help families affected by the economic consequences of the pandemic. 

In Argentina, “sixty percent of [the] population lives in poverty,” estimates Ariel Fresia, Salesian Coadjutor and Director of the Argentine Missionary Procuracy.

The religious confided in theAgenzia Fides about a campaign of solidarity launched by Salesian missionaries in Argentina to bring help to people living in poverty, a situation which has worsened with the pandemic. A campaign promoted in coordination with the Provinces of North Argentina and South Argentina and entitled "The emergency continues, infants and educates".

“How will families survive without work, without economic activity? This was the general concern of the people when the coronavirus pandemic began. »Recalls the Salesian, adding that it is precisely this impulse which« urged them to act »to« live closeness and compassion as Jesus did ».

“A year and a half later, our work not only continues but intensifies,” he continues. He hopes that “thanks to the commitment of thousands of volunteers across the country, this project will allow immediate access to food and educational kits in 21 provinces of Argentina, thus relieving thousands of families in this dire situation. ".

Their goal is "to provide assistance to families across the country, continue to provide food aid to more than 150 families and support the education of thousands of children and youth."

A fundraiser to finance this initiative began on September 13 and will end on September 30 on the platform. Global Giving.

“Rebuilding employment opportunities for families will be a long-term reality in Argentina. The Covid-19 has caused not only a health crisis but also a deep social, economic and educational crisis. »Emphasizes Ariel Fresia.

With more than 5 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 114 deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic according to Reuters, Argentina has been hit hard by the virus.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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