A group of Guadalcanal displaced victims, from the Foxwood area were welcomed and given a place at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Henderson, on Wednesday 9 April. The gymnasium, normally used for school assemblies, games and other functions has now become home for 194 displaced persons. 40% of them are young children below 5 years of age.
At the request of Guadalcanal officers, the Rector, Fr. Dominic Kachira SDB, opened the gates of the Institute to house these displaced victims. They arrived late in the evening and were given a little food before they went to bed. "We had just a 20 kg bag of rice and some other foodstuff for the entire group", said Stanley Taro, leader of the group.
Contacting friends and agencies was the only way to help the situation. “It is marvelous how people are ready to help those in need”, said Fr. Ambrose Pereira SDB. Donations came in to help the victims. Island Clothing sent in bales of clothing for those at Don Bosco, Henderson and Christ the King parish, Tetere. Rima Limited sent in a variety of food supplies – rice, tayio and noodles – and Caritas Australia came along with mosquito nets and food to ensure that the people had a good meal in the evening.
“Little children need to play”, said Fr. Srimal Priyanga SDB, Principal of the Institute, and he got the boys and the carpentry students to put together a swing, basketball rings, a sand pit and other items to keep the little ones cheerful and happy.
As the day drew to a close, the women got the group to join in praise and worship to thank the Lord for the day and ask His grace and protection for a peaceful and quiet night.
The Salesians got together for their monthly recollection and reflected on how best they can be prophetic signs and bearers to the young and help them look forward in hope.
Source: Info ANS