Syria: Salesian nuns launch reconstruction projects

For two schools in Aleppo and Damascus

05 March, 11:28

    NAPLES - Re-opening schools and centers for children, teens and women who are looking for a new job is the objective of a new project launched in Syria by Salesian nuns. The nuns have been in the country for over a century and have remained even in the midst of the most violent phases of the conflict, through moving to safer areas, including the hospital in Damascus, which has remained one of the top healthcare institutions that have remained open.

    ''When travelling through Syria - said Sister Vilma Tallone - you see more trucks full of weapons that food along dusty roads''.

    Syria is a country ''destroyed by war'' which needs to be ''entirely rebuilt''.

    The nun noted that, ''Aleppo has gone from four million inhabitants to 800. Catholic presence has also gone from 150,000 worshippers to 40,000. But we have reopened a nursery school in Aleppo for 50 children in a structure of the Order of Malta with a courtyard that belongs to a Jewish settlement and where everybody is welcome. After this huge tragedy, we must rebuild and this is why we are raising funds both to support the three structures already functioning in the country, both to build two new schools in Aleppo and Damascus for children and pre-teens.

    Schools are open for everybody''.

    In order to support initiatives in Syria and offer refugees in hosting centers the possibility of going back to their country, the nuns have organized an inter-cultural initiative on March 14 in Rome at the Istituto Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice.

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