Assistance to Youth at Risk
The latest ILO (International Labour Organization) global estimates on child labour indicate that Africa has the largest number of child labor; 59 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 are involved with hazardous work. More than one in 5 children in Africa are employed against their will in stone quarries, farms, and mines. Poverty remains the major reason behind this issue.
The Salesians of Don Bosco Anglophone West Africa provides care and assistance to poor and needy children at risk; especially children who find themselves in the following situation:
- Children who find themselves on the street, outside the classroom/academic environtment.
- Children abused in child labour.
- Children denied health care, food and nutrition.
Sierra Leone - The “Girls-Os” centre is supposed to stand for a nonviolent contact and advice centre in Freetown for girls and young women aged between 8 and 17 years. The shelter offers basic supply and care, a place to retreat and sleep. More info
Sierra Leone - This project provides legal representation for poor inmates who would otherwise be unable to access legal services to ensure their rights are upheld. More info
Ghana - The Don Bosco CPC was established in 2014 in order to ensure security, good health, education and skills development of children at risk, by focusing on their integral transformation, creating a home for the victims of poverty. More info
Sierra Leone - Don Bosco Fambul has been offering nationwide telephone consulting since 2009 to assist those seeking assistance. Call number 116 is available around the clock, nationwide, and free of charge social workers. More info
Sierra Leone - The project PEP! cares for former children and youths from the Interim Care Centre, a former therapy centre for young people affected by the Ebola epidemic. More info