New youth center opens – MissionNewswire
Salesian missionaries launch Bosco Youth Center in the community of Nkol’Afeme
(MissionNewswire) The Salesian missionaries of Saint Augustine Theologate inaugurated the Bosco Youth Center in the Nkol’Afeme community in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Theologate of Saint Augustine provides theological training of 52 confreres from 15 countries. The project is a collaboration between the Salesians and the Salesian parish of Mary Queen of the Apostles.
The new youth center will offer young people educational and social programs, as well as recreational and sports activities. It offers football, basketball and volleyball training every Saturday and Sunday. There are also dance and singing lessons, guitar and piano lessons, and a brass brand. The center also offers games and monthly spiritual activities and competitions.
A friendly football match took place between the parish team and the boys from the youth center on the day of the inauguration. The day ended with a talent competition and dances and songs performed by the young people. One of the young people said: “It is fun to be in Don Bosco. “
The Salesians of the community of Nkol’Afeme strive to familiarize themselves with the culture and the local people, and they want to create a model youth center for education and culture. The goal is a center where young people can receive spiritual support and feel at home with their peers.
Having a safe place for young people to meet and seek the support of trusted adults is more important than ever in Cameroon. Ongoing violence in northwest and southwest Cameroon has created a rapidly growing humanitarian emergency that now affects some 1.9 million people, according to the United Nations. Fighting between various armed groups and the Cameroonian armed forces has continued over the past three years, with civilians the most affected by unlawful killings, kidnappings and the widespread destruction of homes and villages. Government intervention was limited.
Forty percent of Cameroon’s 23.7 million people live below the poverty line and human development indicators remain low, according to the World Food Program. Poverty is highest concentrated in the Far North, North, Adamaoua and East regions. In the northern regions, people are often affected by natural disasters and below average harvests which contribute to a continuous cycle of poverty and hunger. The World Food Program noted that the number of people facing food insecurity in Cameroon is estimated at 3.9 million, of which 211,000 are severely food insecure.
Salesian missionaries in Cameroon provide educational and social development services to poor young people so that they can acquire the training necessary to find and maintain long-term employment. In turn, they are then able to give back to their families and communities.
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ANS – Cameroon – Inauguration of the Bosco Youth Center at the “Saint Augustin” Theologate in Yaoundé
World Food Program – Cameroon