Emergency food supplies for the communities and adopted villages of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco

In Support of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

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$25can provide 1 underprivileged family in Myanmar/Cambodia for their emergency food supplies which will last 2 weeks
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Due to the COVID – 19 crisis, the schools and some factories in Cambodia, where a majority of the parents of the students are working, have been closed. The closure has placed many poor families in a difficult situation. With no work and no wages, the families have no income to buy the basic necessities and food for daily sustenance. With the suspension of classes, the children (kindergarten and elementary pupils) who were provided with a free, nutritious lunch meal in school, have been deprived of this meal. The situation is dire.
 
In Myanmar, more than 30 garment factories in Yangon region alone have closed down, leaving more than 15,000 people without jobs. A majority of these factories are in Hlaing Thar Yar and many of the families of the Sisters’ children have no income. Travel bans have also affected livelihoods of drivers and odd-job workers in the tourism trade. The government provides no aid to laid off workers. In Mandalay region and the northern part, fruit and vegetable farmers who supply to China have lost their livelihood because of transport restrictions into China. Transport workers have also become jobless. In Yangon, in particular, being the most populated city in Myanmar with the lockdown of the houses and factories, many of our neighbours as well as our beneficiaries such as families of rickshaw drivers and families affected by the  2008 Nargis Cyclone villages such as Wartaya and Leikon are unable to work to earn some income. Thus, making them unable to buy the basic necessities and food for their daily sustenance.

With the growing concern of the economic implication of the COVID – 19 crisis, the Salesian Sisters of Cambodia could not remain indifferent to the plight of the least and disadvantaged families. In these past months (since April), the Sisters assumed the challenge of responding to the needs of the 1000 poor families of our schoolchildren and neighbouring villages, taking the initiative to help these families by providing them with the basic food provisions which will sustain them for some months (3 to 7 months) during this challenging crisis.

It is in this connection that I would like to make an appeal to your kind and generous heart to be our “partners” in realizing our initiative to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need by distributing food supplies and hygiene kit to them.