The bishop of Lodwar has entrusted to the Salesians of Don Bosco Holy Cross Catholic Parish in the Camp that has eight outstations spread out in the camp. Recently a new outstation was added in Kalobeyeyi- a new resettlement area for the new arrivals, thus bringing the number to nine. They are: Holy Cross, Sts. Peter and Paul, Christ the King, St. Stephen, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Daniel Comboni, St. John Bosco, Mary Help of Christians, and the latest being St. Dominic Savio. The parish has a number of associations of the faithful and animating organs like:

Catechists Parish Pastoral Council Catholic Men Associations Catholic Women Associations Altar Servers Charismatic Group Sunday School Savio Club children’s program Salesians Youth Movement (SYM) As missionaries and as persons committed to evangelization and spiritual care of the people of God, the Salesians offer their services to the only Catholic parish in the entire camp with the help of MDF Sisters. The small Christian communities are active and they are 45 in number with their leadership actively involved in the running of it, especially with the follow up of the 2 MDF sisters. The presence of a very large percentage of the camp population which is youth offers the Salesians an ideal place for ministry in the camp.

The program is named ‘Savio Club’ in honour of St Dominic Savio a student of St John Bosco, whose values are the pillar and the aspiration of all the children and each one involved in the program.

 

Savio Club is a school complementary program for children in lower primary school. The program is under the Holy Cross Parish Kakuma Refugee Camp. The target group is children in Class Two and Class Three aged 8-12 years. Currently the program is ongoing in six substation centres, all in the church compounds of the Holy Cross Parish Outstations. They include; Holy Cross, Christ the King, St. Peter & Paul, St John Bosco, Mary Help of Christians and St Daniel Comboni. The total number of the current Savio Club members is 750 children.

 

Objectives of Savio Club

 

  1. To enable the children to speak and express themselves clearly in English and Kiswahili.
  2. To enable the children to read and write in English and Kiswahili and to enhance numeracy. Supplementary classes are taken for Mathematics, English and Kiswahili.
  3. To teach and help the children to pray and learn the Bible at their level.
  4. To enhance and encourage the children to adapt and practice good hygiene habits.
  5. To create a friendly environment to help the children interact harmoniously with each other and have fun while learning.

The Club consists of children from different nationalities namely, Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda.

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