Author: Salesian Missions

Publication Date: June 08, 2022

(Crux) Salesians step up to help children living in poverty in Benin

YAOUNDÈ, Cameroon
July 8, 2022

(Excerpt) Over 25 years ago, the Salesians set up the charity Foyer Don Bosco to help children living on the streets in Benin. Hannah Gregory, the spokesperson for the U.S.-based Salesian Missions, told Crux that Foyer Don Bosco is a residential home for children coming directly from the street in both Kandi and the capital, Cotonou.

“Children’s most basic needs are met, including shelter, proper nutrition, clothing, and access to adults who help them feel safe and protected from the exploitation and violence many faced while living on the street,” she said.

Gregory said the mission was based on the principles of Don Bosco, the Italian priest who founded the Salesians in Turin in 1859 to help the street children of the city.

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