300 families receive healthy nutrition thanks to rice-meal shipment – MissionNewswire

The rice meal shipment was shared between three Don Bosco Children and Life Mission (Don Bosco CALM) programs

Uganda

(Newswire mission) Poor youth and their families in Uganda are getting better nutrition thanks to a partnership between Salesian Missions, the US development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, and Rise Against Hunger, an international aid organization that provides food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. The rice meal shipment, sent in 2020, was shared between three Don Bosco Children and Life Mission (Don Bosco CALM) programs including projects in Bombo, Kamoli and CALM Namugongo.

Rice meals have helped 300 families get better nutrition over the five months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. This was especially important as many of these families had no way of earning meager income from food during this time. Sometimes “Rise Against Hunger” meals were the only nutrition they got.

Kerabo, a seventh grader at Don Bosco CALM, was one of the recipients of the rice meals. Kerapo was found deserted at the entrance to the Salesians Church of Don Bosco Pombo Namalija when he was a child. The parish priest contacted the head of the local council, who advised him to report the incident to the police. Kerapo was then taken to a home for babies at Missionaries of Charity in Kampala. When he was 5 years old, Kirabo was transferred to Don Bosco CALM for rehabilitation and care with the other boys.

Kirabo is in good health because he receives the Rise Against Hunger meals and cares for him in the Don Bosco community. He has big plans in his life. “I want to work even harder to become a bank manager at Centenary Bank in the future,” Kerabo explained. Kerabo also acknowledged the huge impact the Rising Against Hunger meals had on his life.

The Kerabo teacher at Don Bosco Primary School and Nursery also saw how healthy nutrition benefited the students. Elizabeth Anzu said: “I have been teaching Kerapo since the institution opened in 2016. Kerapo is a humble smart boy who loves to teach. Besides, his hobby after enjoying Rise Against Hunger meals is football. Overall, the time I spent in this institution, The Rise Against Hunger meals have helped improve the well-being of children in Don Bosco CALM and in other Don Bosco communities in Uganda.”

A donation of rice was able to feed more than just students in Don Bosco’s programs. Entire families were supported by a 2020 donation. Father Elie Nyandwe, Principal of Don Bosco Primary School and Deputy Legal Representative of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Uganda, said, “It is really important that the Salesians feed poor children and their families whenever possible. Last year, due to COVID -19, we were urged to distribute all Rise Against Hunger meals to feed the beneficiaries and their families. Each family was able to have three boxes of meals over the course of the year.”

According to the World Bank, nearly 21 percent of Uganda’s population lives below the poverty line. This figure rises to 33 percent for those living in the northern region, where poverty is the greatest. While the country has seen some economic growth as well as improvement in the UN Human Development Index rankings over the past 20 years, the country still ranks lowest in 159 out of 189 countries. After decades of war left many displaced, the people of Uganda face many great challenges as they work to rebuild their country.

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